Rail Transportation

  • Voice Choices

    October 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

    Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the ag ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 28, 2014


    Witness local history in bloom

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    MTA: The Metro-North New Haven Line is Out of Commission Until Further Notice

    Turns out those wires running above train tracks are really, really important. The Con Edison feeder that supplies power to the overhead wire on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line went dark yesterday, shutting down the entire train service. Until further notice, the MTA advises that anyone ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
  • 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

    April 18, 2013

    Cast In Concrete #3.5: the Wandering Souls of Monica Bethelwood and Juliet Biemiller

    Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records New York City's street musicians. If you'll be busking nearby soon and would like to appear in a future installment, please let him know. Who: Monica Bethelwood and Juliet Biemiller When: 12/22/2011, 8:30pm Where: Intersection of Bleecker and Mac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    When Will New York Get Its High-Speed Rail?

    With news last week of the first major high speed rail project receiving the green light in California, transportation aficionados were ecstatic at the prospects of the project, especially as China continues to pump them out like hot cakes. But, from a New York perspective, our competitors on the We ... 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 9, 2012


    Take a walk on the High Line

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Welcome Back to Your Troubled Commute, New York!

    Do you take the 4, 5, 6, the A, C, E, the B, D, F, M, or the L line? If so, your Monday may be feeling excessively Monday already. The MTA is reporting delays on all of those lines, most due to signal problems at 125th Street. The L is particularly troubled, with the MTA advising: "Due to signal pro ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011
  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011


    Two nomads settle on Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    We're Really Freaking Happy With the Subway, Apparently

    ​Despite our own Steven Thrasher's harrowing experience on a smoke-filled 4 train last night, the MTA believes that we are mostly happier with New York City transit than we used to be (and apparently we do, too). According to the results of their just-released 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    L Train Suspended in Both Directions After Person Jumps in Tracks at Union Square

    ​We're hearing reports of a person jumping in front of an L train at Union Square around 11:30 this morning. There's now police activity at 14th Street shutting down L train service in both directions -- per an MTA Service notice: "There is no train service in both directions from the Bedford ... 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

    February 25, 2011

    Our 10 Best and Cheapest Penn Station Eats

    ​Looking very much like a prison entrance, the door to Penn Station beckons. Let's face it, Penn Station is never going to be a foodie destination. The hallways are too thronged, the smells too rancid, the eateries too narrow, with tables too filthy. Yet in this great dung heap of a railway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Bob Dylan Arrived In New York City 50 Years Ago Today

    Photo by the incomparable Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images​Bob Dylan's life is short on concrete facts and figures, very much by design, but the experts seem to agree on this one: The man born Robert Zimmerman arrived in NYC on January 24, 1961, exactly a half-century ago. He immediately started ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 13, 2010


    Bill Forsyth resurfaces at Film Forum

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Fred Harvey, the British Businessman Who Tamed America's West, Turns Out to Be a Fine Read, Too

    ​We're heading up to Columbia U tonight to hear from professor Stephen Fried as he offers a public talk about his newest book, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West. We've hardly been able to put the thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Penn Station Suffers "Voltage" Problem; Trains Were Stopped, Now Delayed

    ​If you were expecting someone from Jersey and they were taking the train, here's why they're late: there was a power outage at Penn Station that screwed up Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service to and from the station. Some trains were reported stranded between stations, but there was enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2009

    Moynihan Station back on track

    ‚Äč 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

    December 12, 2008

    Queens Consoled: Annoying Kids Share Your Shitty Trains

    A New York Observer article portrays concerns about the coming end of W train service in Queens as essentially the mewling of hipsters. "The nightlife of Astoria's 20-somethings is at risk," writes Leigh Kamping-Carder in "Dude, Where's My W?" The author quotes writers, photographers and filmmakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Roosevelt Island Tram Hearing Offers Many Solutions, No Official Response

    Roosevelt Island 360 is not pleased with a hearing about transportation issues attendant on the upcoming renovation of the tram. While officials and experts, including meeting chair Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, were on hand, RI360 reports, they didn't take questions, letting an "RF po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008
  • 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

    July 12, 2007

    Taking Credit for the Mets 7 Express Home from Shea

    Photos by WallyG via Flickr Woodward and Bernstein may have taken down the president. Michael Clancy, on the other hand, got Met fans express service home from Shea Stadium. In May, when I wrote about the inequality of train service to Shea as compared to the ride to Yankee Stadium, the MTA didn't ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Mad on the Street

    Voices From the Strike

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    August 27, 2002
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    August 6, 2002
  • Specials

    January 16, 2001
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    August 8, 2000

    Dotcom Hither

    Silicon Alley Looks to Expand in Bloods' Long Island City

  • News

    March 7, 2000

    Trashing the Point

    Residents Oppose Bronx Waste-Transfer Site

  • News

    June 8, 1999

    Ticket to Tomorrow

    Now Arriving at Penn Station, an Era of High-Tech Building