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MTA hires transit expert to modernize, improve aged subway system

Come January, the MTA will have a little more help in making its Subway Action Plan to improve and modernize New York City’s aged and decrepit subway system a reality. The agency announced Tuesday that Andy Byford, CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), has been named president of New...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 3:33pm

Riders Alliance aims to turn frustrated straphangers into activists

Just about every New Yorker has been there, stranded on a subway platform or train with their anger mounting at yet another delay. Now, Riders Alliance is encouraging those straphangers to make their frustrated voices heard all the way to Albany. The grassroots transit advocacy group on Monday...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:34am

Amtrak winter work at Penn Station is coming

Commuters survived the “summer of hell” Amtrak repairs at New York’s Penn Station, but are they headed for a winter of discontent as the agency announced Phase II of its infrastructure renewal work at the nation’s busiest rail hub? “After a successful summer, it is...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:37am

Advocates unveil what BQX light rail could look like

Advocates hoping the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector, or BQX, becomes a reality along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront unveiled the first glimpse at what it might look like on Monday. The nonprofit Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector revealed a life-size prototype of the streetcar at the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 3:53pm

As we leaf-peep, the MTA fights leaves

Autumn in New York is one of the most majestic times of year — until those beautiful leaves you’re peeping fall on train tracks. So while we’re all oohing and ahhing over the changing trees, the MTA’s leaf-fighting season is in full swing, just in time for the wet weather on...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:56pm

MetroCard replacement to bring MTA ‘into 21st century’

New York City’s transit system may be aged and often troubled, but part of it is about to undergo a technological overhaul to replace the MetroCard with your phone or credit card. “It’s the next step in bringing us into the 21st century, which we need to do,” MTA Chairman...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:03pm

Mayor releases 5-point action plan to tackle traffic congestion

Among the many things New York City is known for is its traffic, which can often be at a standstill at any time or place across the five boroughs. That’s something Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to change with the unveiling of his five-point action plan to combat traffic congestion. “With...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:31am

21 new SBS routes coming over next 10 years: Mayor

If you’re one of the more than 2.5 million New Yorkers who rely on the city’s bus service, the good news is improvements are coming, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. There is a catch, though: They’ll be rolled out over the course of the next 10 years. The city is planning...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:53pm

MTA resumes night work on 1-2-3 lines for 2 weeks

Straphangers looking to go between Penn Station and South Ferry or the Barclays Center on the 1, 2 or 3 trains after 10 p.m. will need to find alternate transportation this week and next. Due to the return of the MTA’s Fastrack on the 1, 2 and 3 train lines, there will be no service between...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 2:45pm

MTA unveils new Bay Ridge Avenue R station

The Bay Ridge Avenue train station that was once a dark and dreary stop along the R line has completed its six-month renovations, the MTA announced Friday. The 102-year-old station was closed in April so the agency could bring it into the modern age with countdown clocks at all three entrances, Wi...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:07pm

NYC subway riders join forces against racist man on L train

A man who put belligerent racism on full display on a New York City subway train found an L of a lot more than he bargained for on Saturday afternoon. A man identfied as Paul Lawson began spouting racial slurs on a Brooklyn-bound L train as he held a can of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, according to...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:29pm

L train shutdown: L-pocalypse or can’t bloody L wait?

Just when you think you’re out, the L train pulls you back in — and leaves you on a platform or on the subway for an undetermined amount of time. Following an earlier investigation between Jefferson St and Morgan Av, L train service has resumed with delays. — NYCT Subway (@...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 5:00am

MTA rolls out new E trains with fewer seats

Don’t be surprised if you see a different E train this week — one with fewer seats and more passengers. The MTA rolled out a 100-car pilot of reconfigured and refurbished R-160 cars on the E line that have end seats taken out for an added capacity between 80 to 100 straphangers. The...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:59am

MTA deploys countdown clocks at all M, W stations

Countdown clocks at all M and W train stations are slated to go live on Friday, bringing the MTA ever closer to its goal of adding the beacon technology to all lettered subway stations by the end of this year. The rollout is part of the agency’s Subway Action Plan, a two-part initiative...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:33am

Woes of New York City bus riders drives new book

When you think about the frustrations of commuting in New York City, the subway is surely top of mind as it’s the bane of existence for tens of thousands of New Yorkers on a near-daily basis. Less on the radar, though, are the 2.5 million residents who not only rely on but are equally...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:50pm

MTA launching transparency system for subway delays, issues

Waiting for a subway in New York City can seem like a lifetime, but what makes it even more anger-inducing is the frequency your train delayed — and not knowing why you’re waiting this time. That is something the MTA hopes to change going forward as the agency on Monday announced a new...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:58am

Cuomo orders Con Ed investigation after Sunday’s subway snafu

It was so much of a Sunday of hell for New Yorkers that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an immediate investigation into a Con Edison power outage in Brooklyn that incapacitated a large portion of the city's subway system Sunday afternoon.  Additionally, three buildings in the Red Hook Houses,...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:39pm

What to expect from the MTA this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us, and the MTA has some good news for New Yorkers looking to make the most of their last “summer Friday” by getting out of the city. On Friday, Sept. 1, the Long Island Rail Road will add nine additional afternoon trains to Jamaica from Penn Station....

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 3:33pm

Man, 84, punched on J by straphanger who yelled, ‘I hate white people’

An 84-year-old man who was punched in the head by a fellow straphanger who yelled, “I hate white people” last week told the New York Daily News he doesn’t condemn his attacker. “I’m not blaming him, I’m blaming the societies that put him in this situation,...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:37am

After record summer, NYC Ferry sails into the future

Summer 2017 was a time in which many New Yorkers faced countless issues getting around the city, from frequent subway delays to Penn Station’s “summer of hell” repairs that, thankfully for some, seemed to be more a “summer of heck.” But one communting alternative took...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 5:03am