Passenger Transportation

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

    Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Dear R Train Riders: There's a Ferry Coming to the Rescue

    From now until the fall of 2014, MTA is severing the R train connection between Brooklyn and Manhattan for post-Sandy repairs. Despair not! There's a ferry service planned to reconnect commuters between the two boroughs, starting at 58th Street Pier by the Brooklyn Army Terminal and docking at Wall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Officials to South Brooklynites: No Ferry (in Lieu of R Train) For You

    A few weeks ago, we learned that the R train required drawn-out help. Its purveyor into Manhattan--the Montague Tunnel--was still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; the construction witnessed the worst flooding of any other tunnel in New York. As a result, the MTA announced it would close the tunnel for 14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Boston Shutdown Snarls Penn Station

    With Boston in a full lock-down due to the ongoing manhunt for the surviving suspect in Monday's marathon bombings, travelers throughout the northeast found themselves facing delays and cancellations today.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Students and Families Suffer Most In Bus Strike and City Has Itself to Blame

    As more than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons formed picket lines around the city this morning, some 152,000 students and their families were forced to find alternative means of transportation in the pouring rain. Jackie Ceonzo, mother of a 17-year-old autistic son, had to find a way to get her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Parents of Special Needs Children Fed Up With DOE's Flawed School Bus Service

    By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Judge Pauses Bloomberg's "Livery Cab" Plan, Outer Boroughs Must Suffer

    Contrary to popular belief, there are people that live outside of Manhattan. The hustle and bustle of New York City is not limited to one island; actually, almost 80 percent of New Yorkers live in the outer boroughs (probably because they cannot afford its real estate horrors). And, if tax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    LIRR: Smooth Operator or Rife With Problems?

    The Long Island Rail Road isn't just fraught with fraud: Looks like the MTA's plan to hook up the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal might be delayed a third time, the New York Post reports. What this means? The long-awaited, $7 billion connection wouldn't be complete until 2019, four years after the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

    It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green. The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Ryanair Finally Adds Standard Porn Amenities

    The Ryanair cabin, where you'll be watching porn. ​Ryanair, "bus of the sky," preferred travel mode of student backpackers and tightfisted Europeans, is adding some new in-flight entertainment. Porn. Now, you can sit next to a skeevy old man and watch him watch porn while you fly. Another bonu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Drivers and Politicians Lobby Senate to Pass Livery Cab Bill

    Esther Zuckerman​A collation that included City Council members, yellow cab taxi drivers and the president of Livery Base Owners gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to ask the State Senate to pass a bill that allows livery cab drivers to make pick-ups in the outer boroughs and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    9/11 Flight Numbers Will Be Retired Forever

    ​United Continental will "permanently retire" flight numbers 93 and 175, Bloomberg reports, in honor of the flights hijacked on September 11, 2011. Over the past decade, the numbers have not been in use, but an error earlier this week caused them to pop up again, much to the chagrin of pilots' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Charles Schumer Proposes No-Ride List for Trains

    ​It's been a busy couple days in train news, what with the PATH and Second Avenue subway tunnel breaches, plus that mishap on the PATH that injured 30. There's also a new call from Senator Charles Schumer to increase rail security, which comes after reports that Osama Bin Laden may have been p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Livery Cabs Should Be Able to Pick Up Passengers Already

    ​Livery cabs are often the great savior of the drunken Brooklynite struggling to trek their way home. Like Jay-Z said, New York has its "yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab" (holler back), and there should be no reason not to try them all, right? The thing is, they're not legal to take. New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

    ​We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Uppity Flight Attendant Wants His Job Back

    ​JetBlue's Steven Slater, who famously bailed through the emergency slide when he felt an unruly passenger had ticked him off, now wants to put on his fabulous uniform again. You see, he absolutely loves JetBlue. He adores being a flight attendant. He's aware of the inherent problems with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Goldman Sachs Finding New and Improved Ways to Piss Off New Yorkers: Ferry Boats, Spendthrifts

    ​If anyone was wondering whether or not Goldman Sachs would be kinder to the American public after the banking monolith was fined a $500M slap on the wrist and finance reform was put into place, well, wonder no more. Because we have the answer, and it's apparently Hell no.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Good News: More New York Jobs! Bad News: They Pay $16-$20K

    This morning's Times story on an airline pilot who was busted down from captain to first officer so ExpressJet Airlines could pay him less draws a connection between his sad case and a "steep decline" in total weekly pay for production workers. The numbers are a little abstruse there. But another Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2009

    Moynihan Station back on track

    ​ Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer announced today that hold-out Amtrak is on board with plans to repurpose the Farley Post Office Building (across from Madison Square Garden and the current location of Penn Station) into Moynihan Station. Penn Station currently handles ~25% of Amtrak's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    2nd Avenue Subway Evicted Tenants Not Feeling the Alleged Drop in Manhattan Rents

    We keep hearing that Manhattan rents are down significantly, but the folks who are being eminent-domained out of their homes to make way for the new Second Avenue Subway line aren't seeing it. The Times talks to several who've worked with the MTA and its realty partner O. R. Colan Associates, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    34th Street Bus Lines Get Timers

    ​It surprises us that the MTA has chosen the M16 and M34 buses on 34th Street for its bus-shelter digital timer pilot program, which announces to waiting riders when the next one is scheduled to arrive. The relatively uncomplicated L train made a good test case for the subway version, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Bloomberg Tweets Breaking News! Will Be Endorsed by Al Dia

    ​ And there you have it: N.Y. Al Dia, the Spanish-language daily which in April sort of replaced the defunct Hoy and joined other Impremedia Spanish New York papers El Diario and La Prensa on the newsstands, will va Bloomberg. It's great to have an inside source, for once. Earlier the Mayor t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    TV Creatives Hungry for Emmy Respect Disrupt, Ruin Image of Twitter

    ​What kind of people use Twitter? Horrible celebrities, political obsessives -- and, it now appears, people who actually care that the Emmys changed their broadcast so that eight of the awards will not be presented live. The affected categories are (deep breath) best drama-series writing, bes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Top Marks to 7 Train, Low Marks to C, in Largely Meaningless Subway Survey

    The subway nudges of the Straphangers Campaign issued their annual State of the Subways report. The 7 train was their favorite, which in their MetroCard rating system means it's almost worth the price of a pre-fare-hike ride ($1.55); on the GCT-to-Flushing line you're more likely to get a train and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Butt-Slapper Terrorizes Subway, Tish James Speaks Out

    NY1 says there's a serial butt-slapper riding the trains. Cops say they've received about a dozen reports of the man slapping butts in and around Crown Heights. Councilmember Tish James denounces the assailant as a "lowlife" and a "coward." He is thought to be in his mid-20s, between 5' 10" and 6' a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Brooklyn Man Guilty of Selling Fake Parts to the MTA

    Stories about people who defraud government agencies usually make us think only of taxpayer dollars wasted. But the story of Brooklyn's Joseph Ungar, who pleaded guilty yesterday to selling inferior knockoff parts to the MTA, also makes us a little nervous about using the traims, though the Authorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Ratner Avenue! Developer Gets MTA Atlantic Yards Windfall -- and Subway Station Naming Rights

    Just when you think Bruce Ratner and his cockamamie Atlantic Yards project are down for the count, they get back up again -- assisted by the city's moneyed interests. The MTA just cut Forest City Ratner an amazing deal. As expected, he'll pay $100 million for the Vanderbilt Railyards -- but he on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    High Line Park Results in New Restaurant Row; Green Roofs Everywhere

    Mere months after reports claiming the exact opposite, a new study suggests that living near a fast food outlet actually does not increase weight in children, and that living near supermarkets, with their fresh fruits and vegetables, does nothing to lower weight. Go figure. [Science Daily] A survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing

    The footprint. Image via Atlantic Yards or Atlantic Lots. Yesterday was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    MTA Ad Seller Blows $7.5 Target; Ad Rates Down

    We thought we were seeing an awful lot of Poetry in Motions on the subways lately, and now the Times tells us that Titan Worldwide has failed to meet its $7.5 million target for selling ad space on New York's subways, buses and commuter trains. Another vendor, CBS Outdoor, says it has had no problem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Mike "Mad as Hell" Bloomberg Forgot to Phone Albany

    Remember last month when Mayor Mike Bloomberg was really really angry over the state legislature's failure to deal with soaring MTA fare hikes? When he wanted us all to call up and, in our best Peter Finch "Network" imitation rant, tell those rascals in Albany that "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    MTA Fare Hike All But Certain

    The MTA's Doomsday Budget, which raises all our fares and passed the finance committee Monday, is expected to be approved today. Transportation Alternatives is staging a "Call-a-Thon" this morning at Union Square to get citizens to ring the MTA and denounce the plan. Even Mayor Bloomberg had an awk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Hello, Goodbye

    This morning we're saying goodbye to the lovely and amazing Hailey Eber, who is leaving us for greener pastures. Here's a little roundup of Hailey's greatest hits to remember her by.A dominatrix's thoughts on Gordon Ramsey's Hell's KitchenThe Chopping Block Kinda SucksSo. Much. Top ChefThe Chicken D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Elephants, Others Parade Tonight Next Week From Queens to MSG

    The MTA advises motorists that between 11:30 p.m. tonight March 23 and 2 o'clock tomorrow the next day, the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed to traffic, as ten Asian elephants, nine horses and three ponies from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be marching through it. The b ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 25, 2009

    Showdown for the BusFellas' Union

    A mobster's old cronies vie to keep control

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Plane from Newark crashes into Buffalo house; 49 killed

    Eyewitness footage A commuter plane from Newark, Continental Connection Flight 3407, smashed into a house near Buffalo at 10:20 last night. Everybody on the plane was killed. Reuters: "Doomed plane suddenly lost contact - tower tapes" Buffalo News: "After the crash, tower warned other planes to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008
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    July 16, 2008

    Cruise Ships and the Art of Piracy

    The Times today notes that cruise lines are bolstering their revenue with on-ship art auctions that tend to take advantage of passengers who don’t really understand what they’re buying. Jori Finkel’s fine piece goes into detail about some accusations against Park West Gallery, a company that m ... More >>

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    April 21, 2008
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    April 3, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
  • News

    October 17, 2006

    Out of Control

    When air traffic control shares blame for fatal crashes

  • NYC Life

    March 28, 2006

    Malice's Restaurant

    What Rao's and a gangster-run school bus drivers' union have in common

  • News

    September 7, 2004

    Kerry and 9-11

    Jersey Girls support him, but a pre-attack warning could haunt him

  • News

    August 6, 2002
  • News

    November 13, 2001

    What Color Is Your Parachute?

    Her Boss at United Got $3.2 Million. She Got Shoved Out the Door.

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Taxi Widows

    Compensating the Families of Slain Minority Cabbies Is a Bureaucratic Nightmare

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Africans Are Dying, Too

    The Forgotten Victims of the Livery Cabbie Murders

  • News

    January 5, 1999
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