New York City Transportation

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Study Finds 83% of Subway Announcements Are Clear and Accurate, But Uh: No

    ​A new survey by the Straphangers Campaign claims that 83% of subway announcements, including routes, stations and transfer options, are both clear and accurate, making it seem instantly to anyone who has ever been on the subway that something is wrong with this study. New trains with pre-reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Poetry in Motion May Return to NYC Subways

    ​When the G train is 45 minutes late, then stops midway through your route for 20 minutes because the train in front has just broken down, the last thing you want to do is stare at an MTA-sponsored sign that states, "Improvements don't just happen." Which is why we're all a bit happier to lear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The MTA Can Text...Sort of

    ​If you're a Metro-North commuter, the MTA will now text you train schedules and other important information as to the status of your ride. Well, not the MTA, exactly: A technology company named CooCoo is providing the service updates, which are already available for Long Island Rail Road cust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Subway Rider Mutiny Involves Taking Over N Train for Warmth

    ​New York subway riders will not be stopped! Well, technically, they will be stopped. But when they are stopped on a D train at Coney Island because it's freakin' blizzards outside, they will COMMANDEER another train regardless of what the MTA and NYPD say! (This is good, because we really don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Central Park Gets 9 Inches of Snow; There's Snow on the Ground in 49 of 50 States

    via @DevonGrandy/Twitpic​The snow count is in. We got 9.1 inches last night (according to numbers in Central Park, via NY1). That does not a blizzard make, but it's pretty, for the moment! No major public transport delays, though the MTA has issued a Winter Weather Service Advisory. In related ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    F Train: Now Slightly Less F'ed Up, Officially

    ​We profess a fondness for the F-train, despite its assorted problems. It's OUR train, and thus, while we can talk shit about it, no one else can. But every train has problems, right? At least the F's not the G. And, via the latest New York City Transit report, our little F train has finally a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Someday You Really Will Talk on Your Cell Phone in the Subway...Probably

    ​The MTA didn't forget about that cell service on subways that they've been talking about for so long. Yes, true, even though July brought the "green light" for Transit Wireless to proceed with making the networks happen, lack of funding kind of stagnated things. But it's on...again! AT&T and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The MTA: Now Busting Even More of You for Tardies

    ​Well, this is awkward. Back in June, the MTA introduced the NYC Transit Delay Verification System, an Internet memo of sorts into which you enter in your subway information and time; the program will confirm whether you were legitimately late, or just faking it because you overslept after a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Update: MTA "Fixes" One Problem, Creates Another -- and So It Goes

    ​As of yesterday, the MTA planned to lay off two bus drivers currently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a humanitarian move, perhaps realizing that the stress of war need not be coupled with the stress of job loss -- or that they would be getting some very bad publicity -- the MTA changed it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The MTA Can't Do Much Right Lately: Two Deployed Bus Drivers Laid Off While at War

    ​Reading about the MTA's decisions is often like swallowing a cactus, especially when news of truly unfortunate cutbacks comes in quick succession with news of huge spending. Earlier this morning, we reported that the MTA is shelling out big bucks for tenants temporarily displaced by Second Av ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Commuting Report: Subway Ridership Down, Bikes on the Up

    ​Over the weekend New York City Transit released a whole bunch of data about how we ride the subway. It turns out, ridership for 2009 was down slightly from 2008 (blame the economy and the fact that a bunch of us were unemployed; if you're the MTA, blame construction).

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2010

    MTA Wants High-Speed Wireless Internet on Metro-North and LIRR Trains

    ​According to the Post, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is asking for bids from service providers to make high-speed wireless internet available to riders on Metro-North and LIRR commuter trains serving Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island. The final plan may or may not be free to non- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    MTA Passes New Doomsday Budget (Updated)

    The MTA board just voted to pass that new budget with service cuts. MTA Chairman Jay Walder "stressed the preliminary nature of this proposal," says Second Avenue Sagas, which live-tweeted the meeting. SAS says board members stressed their "legal obligation to pass a balanced budget for 2010" befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    MTA Stocking Stuffer? May Shut M and Z Trains, "Dozens" of Bus Routes

    This Christmas season, the MTA is planning a treat for all of us: service cuts! These were threatened during the last "Doomsday Budget" tsimmis, but relinquished when the fares went up. Now MTA is out of money again, and is considering the removal of "dozens of bus routes," and the W and Z subway l ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 17, 2009

    THERE SHE IS . . .

    Who will be the first ever Miss G Train?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    MTA Chief Considers Off-Peak Pricing for Subways, Buses

    Ride the whole system, all for the low price of [insert current fare here]! That's been the beauty of New York City transit. But the variable pricing afforded by unlimited-ride cards has blurred that distinction, and new MTA chairman, Jay Walder, may erase it: he is looking at "time-of-day pricing" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2009

    Train service is going to be really, really bad this weekend, and other bad transit news

    ​The MTA has chosen this weekend to start needed repairs on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, and R lines (a full list of service advisories is here). Some stops will be skipped, and parts of routes replaced with shuttle bus service. Note: there will be handicapped-accessibl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Chief Exec Sander Leaving MTA

    Less than 24 hours after Albany passed its MTA bailout package, MTA chief executive Elliot "Lee" Sander has resigned. In an interview with WPIX, he did not dispute the assertion that Governor Paterson requested his resignation. The Governor told WNYC earlier that the MTA is in need of a shakeup. ("D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate MTA Plan Gets Cold Reception

    As promised, the state senate Democrats presented their watered-down MTA budget proposal today and, as predicted, no one likes it. Well, senator Pedro Espada likes it -- "Today's a great day for Pedro Espada, the M.T.A. ridership and the State Senate," he told Politicker NY. But Transportation Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Report: Most Subway Stops More Crowded Since '98, Some Ridiculously So

    Photo (cc) Runs With Scissors. The Center for an Urban Future's latest New York by the Numbers proves with MTA data what you've probably suspected: most subway stations are more crowded than ever -- especially in the boroughs. A quarter of New York's subway stations saw average weekday ridership in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    MTA Hearings, Like Subway, Overcrowded with Long Delays

    Nearly 100 people remained outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike hearing in Manhattan almost an hour after it began on Wednesday evening, their wait caused by stepped-up security measures and what appeared to be the authority's failure to anticipate the crowd. "We've recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway, local bus and SIR base fare to as much as $3 for cash fare on buses, single-ride ticket and/or Pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Who's Zoomin' Who? City Not Paying Its Share of MTA Bills

    2nd Avenue Sagas points out that, while we tend to blame the MTA for its current budget crisis -- particularly with another fare hike in the offing -- some of the blame really belongs elsewhere. Quoting a recent dispatch from the City's Independent Budget Office, 2nd Avenue Sagas notes that "state a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Life's Unfare: The MTA's Fare Hikes Cause Outrage

    We New Yorkers also enjoy complaining about the subways: they're dirty and smelly and never run on time

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    MTA Bigwig Likes His Perks

    As average New Yorkers face rising food and fuel costs and looming MTA fare hikes, MTA board member David Mack sure seems to be enjoying his free ride. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" the wealthy real estate developer was quoted as saying when asked yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    New Congestion Pricing Options as the Debate Continues

    Congressman Anthony Weiner linked congestion pricing with the Bush administration—surely, one way to turn off many New Yorkers— at forum hosted by New York Civic. New Yorkers support the stated goal of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan—improving mass transit—but just aren’t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Spitzer Spikes MTA Base Fare Increase

    New Yorkers will have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as Gov. Spitzer called on the MTA to keep the subway and bus base fare at $2. But monthly and weekly MetroCard buyers should be expect to see their discounts slashed. At a morning press conference Spitzer said: I have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    A Sobering Plan to End Subway Alcohol Advertising

    It's legal to drink a beer on the LIRR, but it might soon be illegal to advertise them on commuter rail line. A Brooklyn lawmaker says banning alcohol ads would be the first step toward prohibiting the consumption of booze as well. By John DeSio Alcohol advertising might pump much-needed revenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Brooklynites Rail Against Proposed MTA Fare Hike

    Brooklynites came out to voice the anger at a proposed fare hike. The MTA will host similar hearings in the other boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. By Julie Bolcer “Fughetaboutit,” at least, for now. That’s what nearly 200 people told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last nig ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2007

    Bus Kill

    In the crosswalk, New Yorkers find themselves in the cross hairs

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    7 Train Out of Service

    Photo by NewYork808 via Flickr The entire No. 7 train line is out of service this afternoon from Times Square to Flushing-Main Street Station due to a signal problem in Flushing. On the brighter side: at least the Mets aren't in the National League Championship Series, which begins tonight. From ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    City Prepares for Taxi Strike

    Photo by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr As the New York Taxi Worker's Alliance set up a "strike hall" at the headquarters of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 on Tuesday, the city announced contingency plans to combat a cabbie work stoppage set to take effect at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The MTA w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Gets a $354 Million Boost

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed to give the city $354 million to implement a congestion pricing plan or some other traffic mitigation scheme that lowers traffic in Manhattan by six percent—the same reduction promised by Mayor Bloomberg's initial plan. The funding clears one hurdl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Vignettes from the Commute from Hell

    Storm update: Things on the subways are still snarled, according to update from the MTA at 12:49 pm. The agency is urging riders to take bus service if at all possible. MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander is holding a 2:15 pm press conference to explain it all. A Staten Island woman has di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Hellish Commute Part II: The MTA's Evening Update

    The MTA issued the following service update as of 3:45 p.m.: Due to severe flooding throughout the subway system earlier today, there are still extensive delays on some subway lines. We are working to restore full service to all the affected subway lines. Customers are advised when at all possible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    Closing the MTA Budget Gap

    When the MTA announced looming fare hikes last month, it was noted here that the MTA's decision to let Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Atlantic Yards, have the Vanderbilt Rail Yards for $100 million was looking like a poor choice. The MTA's own appraisal valued the land at $214 million. And why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Ranking Your Subway Ride

    The Straphangers say even the best subway lines are only worth $1.25. Photo by Duddyfunk via Flickr The 1 train is indeed No 1. And the C and W trains are the worst, according to the Straphangers Campaign, which issued its annual Subways Report Card today. Despite countless hellish weekends of sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    More Details on the Congestion Pricing Deal

    The mayor's office provided a summary of the congestion pricing legislation this afternnon. For one thing, it calls for the creation of a 17-member NYC Traffic Mitigation Commission that will review the mayor's and other plans. Whatever plans the commission comes up with will have to equal the 6.3 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2006

    Your Turn: MTA Leaving You Stranded?

    Today, uptown 1 trains skipped the 225th, 231st, and 238th street stops in the Bronx from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Early morning Friday, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains will run express from Atlantic to Utica avenues. All this week, the D train runs on a shuttle between Bedford Park and 205th Street be ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Strangeness on a Train

    Annoyance over L train shutdowns, anxiety over what they're for

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Step by Step: Before the Trains Can Run Again

    MTA New York City Transit officials said this afternoon that service would return—but only after the appropriate steps were taken to fully and safely restore service to 26 subway routes and 243 bus routes. "Let me be clear about this," NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter told reporters, "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Remember the Stadium? Unions do

    Lingering anger over the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's dream of building a colossal stadium on the West Side to host the Jets and the 2012 Olympics is now complicating efforts to forge labor solidarity on behalf of the striking transit workers. Bloomberg's push to build the billion-dollar edifice alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005


    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Union's Family Spat

    As if the striking transit workers didn't already have enough enemies, bad blood between Transport Workers Union Local 100 and its national parent body spilled over into a Brooklyn courtroom today where a lawyer for the national union condemned the ongoing walkout as unreasonable and unauthorized. A ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Fault Line

    Deal or no deal, transit workers want more respect, less punishment

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

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