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NYC politicians, transit advocates react to Cuomo’s 2019 state budget

Some New York City politicians and transit advocates are speaking their minds about the $168 billion 2019 budget that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers passed late Friday night. The budget includes a $2.75 surcharge on for-hire vehicles, $2.50 for yellow cabs and $0.75 pooled rides below 96th...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 11:53am

New York moves to offset federal tax changes in $168 billion budget deal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature agreed late on Friday on a $168 billion budget for fiscal 2019, including measures aimed at offsetting damage to taxpayers from new federal tax changes. Cuomo outlined details of the agreement a few hours before the Senate and Assembly voted to...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 8:51am

Disability advocates urge Cuomo to make NYC's transit more accessible

With overcrowded trains, near-daily signal issues causing delays and that looming L train shutdown, being a straphanger in New York City is no easy feat. But while many can often use alternatives like walking, getting off at another train station, riding a bike or taking a car, that is not the...

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:17am

NYC Transit president hosted first of new monthly Twitter Q&A

If you usually lament about your morning MTA commute on Twitter, you’ll now have a chance to use that online platform to speak to the NYC Transit president directly every month. New York City Transit President Andy Byford hosted a Twitter Q&A on Thursday to hear directly from frustrated...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:10pm

LIRR to run extra eastbound trains for Good Friday, Passover

In observance of Good Friday and the start of Passover, the LIRR will run eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station on Friday, the MTA announced. The trains will depart Penn Station between 2 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Babylon, Far Rockaway and Port Jefferson branches. See below for...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

MTA worker dies after falling on subway tracks in Harlem

An MTA employee died early Tuesday morning after falling while working on the subway tracks in Harlem, agency officials said. The 23-year-old male was part of a work crew that was removing redundant rail in the tunnels near the 125th Street 4/5/6 station at Lexington Avenue, New York City Transit...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 3:58pm

LIRR unveils action plan to improve reliability, communications

A slew of changes aimed at improving service reliability, seasonal preparedness and customer communications are on the horizon for the LIRR, the MTA announced Monday. Nearly 60 actions were outlined in the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road Performance Improvement Plan, aka PIP, across those three...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:37pm

Here’s what you need to know about MTA service on St. Patrick’s Day

While the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take over Fifth Avenue in New York City on Saturday, it will also affect the traffic patterns of many surrounding streets — and the MTA's subway, bus and rail service. Here’s what you can expect from the MTA this St. Patrick’s Day...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:25pm

163rd Street C train station begins 6-month closure for renovations

Washington Heights residents who use the 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue subway station on the C line will need to find a new way to and from home as the station will be closed for repairs for the next six months. The station closed Monday to undergo renovations that include waterproofing, lighting...

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 3:46pm

Metro-North Harlem Line suspended between Goldens Bridge and Southeast

Due to several power poles that were downed during Winter Storm Quinn, there will be no Metro-North Harlem Line service between Goldens Bridge and Southeast “until further notice,” the MTA said Friday afternoon. Affected stations are Goldens Bridge, Purdy’s, Croton Falls,...

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 4:27pm

How 8 geniuses want to modernize NYC’s aged subway system

Last summer, in the middle of a year that saw endless service issues and the eventual state of emergency declaration for New York City’s aged subway system, the MTA looked to great minds across the globe for solutions to bring the 114-year-old subway into the 21st century and increase its...

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 2:27pm

Here’s what to expect for your post-snow commute this morning

Updated, 4 p.m.: Amtrak has announced that all scheduled Northeast Corridor service will be restored Friday following cancellations caused by Wednesday's nor'easter along the East Coast. The only change, the agency said, is that passengers traveling between New York Penn Station and...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:03pm

What NYC Comptroller Stringer’s bus audits miss

Never stand between NYC Comptroller (and 2021 mayoral wannabe) Scott Stringer and a microphone, camera or photo opportunity. His participation and endorsement of the recent Bus Turnaround Campaigns press conference on the release of their report on problems with 246 bus routes is nothing new. The...

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 5:02am

Riders Alliance contest makes winners of straphangers with worst commute

Barely a day goes by without New Yorkers experiencing a snafu on the city’s subway system. Some may even experience their worst commute ever, up until that particular moment. With delays tripling between 2012 and 2017 and major issues continuing to plague the Gov. Cuomo-run MTA, Riders...

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:32am

Working on Presidents’ Day? Here’s the MTA holiday schedule

While many New Yorkers are likely looking forward to having Monday off for the Presidents’ Day holiday, plenty of us will still be making the trek into the office. If you’re one of those who will be without a three-day weekend, here’s what you can expect from the MTA on...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:58pm

Two-week overnight work begins on E, F, M, R subways

Starting Monday night, the MTA will begin a wide-range of overnight repairs, cleaning and maintenance on the E, F, M and R subway lines. Part of the agency’s Fastrack program, the work will be done on four consecutive weeknights from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 12-16 and...

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:25am

Six months in, how’s the MTA subway action plan going?

Back in July, the MTA revealed its action plan to fix the city’s aged and in-crisis subway system and promised straphangers visible improvements within one year. So how is the agency doing, now that we’re nearly at the halfway mark of that vow? According to new data cited by The...

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:12am

MTA: MetroCard vending machines going cash-only Saturday morning

The cash-only MetroCard vending machines straphangers were outraged about last week will become a reality on Saturday, but the good news is they’ll be credit and debit card-free much shorter than originally planned. The MetroCard kiosks in subway and PATH stations, the JFK AirTrain system...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 5:10pm

Happy 105th anniversary, Grand Central Terminal

Let us all rejoice in celebrating the 105th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, which first opened on Feb. 2, 1913. Contrast this with the late, great Penn Station Terminal which was destroyed in the name of progress in 1962. Fast forward, 56 years later. Penn Station is still a shell of...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 5:00am

After backlash, MTA postpones MetroCard vending machine work

Fear not, New Yorkers who never carry cash. If you need to renew your MetroCard, you'll still be able to use your debit or credit card this weekend as the MTA has postponed IT work on MetroCard vending machines after straphangers put the agency on blast following a last-minute announcement...

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 3:05pm