Public Transportation

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    February 5, 2014

    Nasty Winter Storm Wreaking Havoc on New York

    It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Why Is The NYPD Gassing The Subway?

    Today is an airflow study day in the New York subway system. That means that, mixed in with the 4.3 million riders who board the subway on any given day, there will be about 150 researchers conducting an experiment that the NYPD hopes will equip officers with the information they need to respond if ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Ads Calling Jihadists Uncivilized "Savages" To Appear in NYC Subways. What Could Go Wrong?

    There's a reason you see an army of law-enforcement officials armed with semi-automatic weapons in New York City's subways: Public transportation in New York City is a prime target for terrorists who want to blow us up.So where better to place provocative ads insulting Muslim jihadists than New York ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Will Subway Stations Soon Have Wifi?

    Subway fares might be going up, The MTA's capital plan might be funded by debt, and the city's mass transit lines might be overrun by rats but hey, commuting in New York might not be all bad. Boingo and Transit Wireless will start hooking up wifi in the city's subway stations over the next five yea ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Affiliates Chain Subway Gates Open For Fare Strike

    A group calling itself the "Rank and File Initiative" claimed credit yesterday for opening up more than 20 subway stations throughout the city for free entry. Chaining open emergency gates at stations on the F, L, R, Q, 3, and 6 lines during rush hour yesterday morning, the anonymous activists post ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    MTA Plans 59 More Nights of Subway Closures This Year

    Brace yourselves -- MTA plans at least 59 more nights of subway closures this year under its new FasTrack program. In total, that adds up to 413 hours of limited service on certain subway lines. Every month this year (except August and December) will see at least one major line shut down for repairs ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    New York's Ugliest Rat Calls Seventh Avenue Station Home

    via Rat Free Subways​Let's face it -- as New Yorkers, we have certainly seen our fair share of ugly rats. They're in the parks, in the subway, and if you're particularly unlucky, in your apartment building. But this rat -- this rat is the ugliest, at least according to the Transit Workers Un ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    The NYC Subway from Birth to Now, in One Gif

    It's been a good few days for subway nerdists -- earlier in the week we were all agawk over the "Lost Subways" map of NYC, which showed the subways that would have been but weren't. Yesterday we saw what happens when people stop being real and start being polite (even friendly!) on the subway. Today ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    How Happy Is Your Subway Stop?

    The L train = happy by day, happier at night. ​Making us happy today is a project called HappyStance, recent winner of Hack Day and "a mashup of Twitter geo-location API data and sentiment analysis research," reports the New York Times. Essentially, it's an app, created by Jeff Larson, Al Shaw ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    World Trade Center Mega-Station Will Cost $3.44 Billion

    via​The World Trade Center Transportation Hub is set to be one of the City's most massive changes to New York's subway system. The building will have access to PATH trains, 13 subway lines and even the proposed JFK rail link. Sounds awesome, but how much will it cost taxpayers? The New ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Will Staten Islanders Finally Be Able To Leave the Island Easily?

    ​Jersey Shore's Angelina and other trapped Staten Islanders may be able to break out from their homes and travel the world soon. Right now, Staten Island residents have two ways to leave via public transportation: the Staten Island Ferry and express buses. Rumors of a Staten Island railway hav ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    MTA to Put Fancy-ChiChi Stores in Subway Stations

    ​Now, here's an MTA scheme we can get behind! The transit authority is trying to get high-end retail stores to open up locations in subway stations, which could provide the double whammy of bringing in more rent money and making it easier to buy trinkets during your commute.

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    July 15, 2010

    MTA Spending $34 Million This Year on Employee "Overtime" (Read: Vacation)

    ​These days, no news from the MTA is good news.Turns out the transit authority is spending $34 million this year on overtime for workers who aren't actually working, but are on vacation, out sick, etc.

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    June 1, 2010

    The MTA PayPass Pilot Program Starts Today: Death of Metrocard Forthcoming

    ​Happy June 1st! If you didn't know, today is the magical day that the New York/New Jersey Port Authority and related transportation organizations with be experimenting with Mastercard's PayPass technology at certain MTA subway stops, buses, and on the NJ Transit. More importantly: in other wo ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010
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    April 14, 2010

    April Fool's Prank Still on Subway Wall

    ​ Reader Rick Shur notes that an April 1st prank poster about extreme subway security measures, put up on the 110th Street downtown #1 subway wall, is still there! And the satirical poster involves all kinds of intrusive, invasive body searches that Homeland Security is allowed to do on passe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 4, 2009

    We Pay More for Trains Even If We Take Cabs, But At Least They're Not on Fire

    ​You think your commute is bad: In Philly SEPTA is on strike, which has screwed up transit especially much for the poorer folks who live furthest from their workplaces. Such trains as there are, are overcrowded, and this morning one of them caught fire; passengers panicked and kicked out the w ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    City's Big Apps Contest Unlooses Public Data, But MTA Not On Board

    You may recall that the Times reported the MTA was easing its grip on public information -- dropping their legal demands on the developer of the StationStops iPhone app and others who had been using their train schedules in technology -- and suggested that political pressure was part of the reason. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Court: MTA Employees Not Required to Stop Rape

    To all the ladies who stand alone on a subway platform late at night, hoping that being within eyeshot of a station agent will make you somewhat safer from harm: You're wrong. MTA employees have no responsibly to intervene if you happen to be attacked and raped right in front of them, a Queens jud ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 1, 2009

    Vanguard of the Senate Revolution

    When no one else will, Kruger and Espada battle on behalf of the people

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    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 >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Ridership on Crowded Subways Going Down, Service Getting Worse

    How odd: yesterday Second Avenue Sagas told us that 2008 subway ridership reached a 59-year high -- but today the MTA tells us that its budget deficit may go as high as $650 million. The MTA cites a two percent drop in ridership this January compared to January of last year. A decline in employme ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008
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    September 26, 2008
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    September 23, 2008

    Google Introduces NYC Transit Mapping Feature

    Google announced today its NYC Transit feature, by means of which you can map a city bus and/or subway route as well as foot and car options. The idea is "to make public transit information as easy to find as any other geographic information," says the Google blog. (If you've got a bike, we suggest ... More >>

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    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

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    July 24, 2008

    What Will Bike Racks Become in NYC?

    Ten new bike rack designs announced today as finalists for DOT’s bike rack redesign competition. With ridership up 75 % since 2000, the current number of bike racks isn’t sufficient and two of the ten will receive $5,000 and money to prototype their design. [City Racks Design Competition] All ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008
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    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 >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Bloomberg Administration, Council Speaker Quinn on Congestion Pricing's Defeat

    John Gallagher, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg, issued the following statement on the death of congestion pricing: "What we are witnessing today is one of the biggest cop-outs in New York’s history. After insisting on the formation of a commission to make recommendations for a bill, and then for ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 5, 2007
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    September 17, 2007

    MTA Launches Green Initiative

    The MTA is going green and convening an 18-member sustainability commission that will seek to create a plan for reducing the agency's ecological footprint by Earth Day 2008. From the press release: The Sustainability Commission will develop a master set of recommendations that will help reduce the ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007
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    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Exposing Sexual Harassment on the Subways

    Sexual harassment on the subway is a big problem that nobody is talking about, Borough President Scott Stringer said today, releasing a report "Hidden in Plain Sight, Sexual Harassment and Assault in the New York City Subway System" during a press conference at Union Square. Of 1,800 people who res ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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