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NYC transit system gets new chief ahead of overhaul

There's a new boss at the agency overseeing New York City's subways, buses and commuter trains. The New York state Senate confirmed Patrick Foye as the new chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday before approving a new state budget. Foye, a former MTA president,...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:28pm

MTA fare hikes, toll increases approved by board

Board members voted to implement an MTA fare hike and toll increase on Wednesday that keeps the base MetroCard the same but raises weekly and monthly passes from $32 to $33, and $121 to $127, respectively. The MTA fare hikes will go into effect on April 21, and toll increase on March 31. ...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:59pm

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor announce plan to fix MTA

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced a new plan Tuesday to fix the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) system, which serves 8.5 million customers daily. If the 10-point proposal plan is approved, it will use funds generated from electronic...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:13pm

Discuss the new L train repair plan at these MTA open houses

There have been a lot of changes to the L train renovation plan lately after the abrupt cancellation of the complete L train shutdown back in January, and if you’re feeling like you haven’t had a chance to ask a lot of questions, now’s your chance: the MTA announced four open houses in March and...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 11:06am

MTA to test new payment system with pilot program OMNY

The New York MTA is kicking off a pilot program in March that has been named OMNY, One Metro New York, according to their website. The pilot, which will enter into its final testing phase, will allow riders to make their fare purchases with a simple tap of their smart phone or tablet. The new...

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 8:44pm

NYC transit activists race M14 bus to show need for dedicated bus lane

What’s the fastest way to get across Manhattan during morning rush hour: the M14 bus, or a brisk walk? Transportation Alternatives along with the NY League of Conservation Voters put the question to the test on Wednesday when a group of pedestrians set out to “race” the MTA bus, which has a...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:27pm

Man killed in subway tunnel may have gotten caught on 7 train

Officials are investigating after a 39-year-old man was killed Tuesday night when he was reportedly caught and dragged into a subway tunnel by a 7 train at Grand Central Terminal. Early reports of the incident said that the man’s clothing or strap of his bag became caught on the train as it left...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:52pm

Overnight work on B, D lines means weeknight closures for 3 weeks: MTA

Overnight New York City subway closures begin this week for straphangers who rely on the B and D lines in a return of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance and repair work, the transit authority announced.  To advance the ongoing MTA Subway Action Plan to fix the aged, in-crisis New York City subway...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:51pm

MTA announces service changes for Presidents' Day

The MTA has announced its service plans and changes for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18. While there are many people who plan to enjoy a three-day weekend, there are plenty of folks who will have to get up Monday morning to go to work as usual. If you’re one of the people who doesn’t have the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:21pm

MTA unveils new shutdown-less L repair plans

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the end of the L train shutdown in January, Brooklyn residents have been left without information on what their travel options will be in the meantime. On Wednesday, MTA officials gave a preliminary look at what it might be. “We’ll be able to maintain service...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 1:12pm

Cuomo tells lawmakers its either congestion pricing or 30 percent fare hike to fix MTA

The only solution to the MTA’s funding crisis is either a congestion pricing or a 30 percent fare hike, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told lawmakers on Thursday. Cuomo proposed a congestion pricing plan to the New York state legislature as the only “logical and realistic” option to fund the transit authority...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:26am

MTA inflating number of accessible subway stations says Manhattan borough pres

Out of all 472 New York City subway stations, 114 are currently accessible, according to the MTA, but a new report from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office says that already-small number is actually inflated. In January, Malaysia Goodson died after falling down subway station stairs...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:43pm

L train service disruptions set for this week and weekend

Are you ready for reduced L train service this week? Though the full L train shutdown is no longer in the works, straphangers will still see partial service shutdowns overnight on the L line as part of continued track replacement work that was first announced back in October. From Monday Jan. 28...

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 10:55am

Blue Point creates 'What the L?' beer for your NYC train shutdown woes

If following all the news of the changing L train shutdown plans makes you want to drink, New York brewery Blue Point has just the thing: A What the L? lager. Blue Point, a Long Island-based brewery, created the What the L? Beer to encapsulate all your L train woes. “Blue Point brewery...

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 2:00pm

Vote on MTA fare hikes pushed back to February

The MTA board delayed a vote on a proposed fare hike at Thursday’s board meeting, instead pushing back the issue to February so officials can consider other funding options. The transit authority is cash-strapped, facing about $40 billion of debt, and officials have said that an MTA fare...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:27am

MTA crime hits 20-year low: Police

New York City has been getting safer, and so have the MTA rails that bring people into the five boroughs. Crime along the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway dropped to a 20-year low in 2018, the MTA Police Department announced Tuesday. That follows in the...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 5:12pm

MTA increases speed limits for some subway lines

Has your commute felt any quicker lately? New York City subway trains have been speeding up, according to the MTA. The MTA has increased speed limits at 24 New York City subway stations in an effort to move straphangers through the system more swiftly. Subway speeds have more than doubled at some...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:17am

Meet Fresh 2 Life, two drummers who talk about respect and manners on the NewYork City subway

It’s 11:43 on a recent Friday morning, and the 4 train —free from rush hour congestion —is flying downtown to 86th Street from 125th Street. Ab’shalom ben’ Yisrael, 40, and Zu Naftali, 36, bow their heads and say a prayer to the powers that be to keep them safe as...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:11am

L train shutdown officially off, MTA says

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the full L train shutdown wasn’t necessary to rehabilitate the Canarsie Tunnel, the MTA has officially weighed in, and agreed. There’s no currently timeline yet for when the new L train construction plan will begin, but the transit authority said...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:48am

Second Avenue subway station debuts ahead of opening

The trains might not be running yet, but on Thursday Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the 96th Street station on the new Second Avenue subway. He also held an open house for New Yorkers to check out the stop ahead of the Jan. 1 opening, with MTA staff who were available to answer questions, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:26pm