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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

A one-seat ride to Kennedy Airport?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2017 State of the State speech joined former MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast and the Regional Plan Association in calling for a one seat ride on public transportation for those traveling to and from Kennedy Airport. This idea is nothing new and has been periodically...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:03am

With Yankees vs. Rays moved to Citi Field, LIRR extends service

With Hurricane Irma displacing the three-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays to Citi Field, the Long Island Rail Road extended service to the home of the Bronx Bombers’ hometown rivals. The Yankees and Rays will face off Monday and Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. and Wednesday...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:53am

Extending the 7 train to Secaucus

Thirty-one years ago, in March 1986, the Regional Planning Association released "The Future of Transit in the New York Region" study. This included $12 billion worth of capital transportation improvements. One recommendation from this study called for extending the NYC...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:00am

Subway littering fine to double, MTA says

If you litter on the subway, the fine you face will soon double. The penalty for littering in the subway system will jump from $50 to $100 beginning next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, as part of an effort to prevent delays, flooding and fires caused by debris on the tracks. The MTA will run...

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:22am

Unresolved issues with LaGuardia Air Train

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to be overly optimistic concerning building a train-to-the-plane for LaGuardia Airport. New York state only awarded a $14.6 million contract to Parsons Brinckenhoff for design and engineering several months ago. This action is just the first chapter of what will be...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:03am

Service improvements beat countdown clocks for 7 train

There are better investments the MTA can make to improve service on the No. 7 Flushing subway than the installation of countdown clocks. In March 1953, a super express began operating from Flushing–Main Street to Times Square in the morning rush hour. This 7 express stopped at Main Street and...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:02am

NJ Transit train derails at Penn Station, straphangers face massive delays on subway

The Wednesday morning commute got off to a chaotic start after a New Jersey Transit train derailed at Penn Station and straphangers faced massive delays on several subway lines. The NJ Transit derailment was the fourth this year at the nation’s busiest rail terminal. The train went off Track...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:53am

How NYC subway history still affects service today

To understand today's New York City subway crises, you have to go back to the beginning. The original BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan Rapid Transit – today's B, D, J, M, N, Q, R and Z lines) and IRT (Interboro Rapid Transit – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Franklin Ave. and Times Square ...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 4:51pm

Phase 2 of M train work to start Sept. 2: MTA

The two-month M-train shutdown that began July 1 is on track to be completed as scheduled on Sept. 1, allowing the second phase of rebuilding a vital transit stretch in Queens to start the following day. The first phase rebuilt the 100-year-old Fresh Pond Bridge, which crosses over tracks for the...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Here’s what to expect on LIRR, subways this weekend

Any Long Islander who takes the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road and plans to head home in the wee hours of Saturday morning may want to listen up. Due to the MTA’s Double Track Project, buses will substitute for LIRR trains in both directions between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:33am

MTA and LIRR East Side Access cost and schedule continue to change

At the July MTA board meeting, it was announced that construction of the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal will fall behind several more months. This follows previous announcements of further delays in March. The completion date may slip once again by one year from...

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 5:05am

‘It’s about time’ for millionaire’s tax to fix subway: de Blasio

When it comes to fixing the city’s aged subway system, Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to the wealthiest residents to chip in for the greater good of all New Yorkers. “It’s time for fairness when it comes to supporting the MTA. That is why today I am calling on Albany to...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 2:10pm

EXCLUSIVE: Porn site wants straphangers in its big red tube

RedTube (link NSFW), one of the leading porn sites, wants New York bodies to move through its big red tube. Literally. RedTube VP Alex Taylor asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he’d be up for allowing RedTube to sponsor a subway station as part of the governor's new corporate sponsorship program...

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 4:49pm

Straphangers will see subway improvements within 1 year, MTA promises

Amid aggravated New Yorkers, a state of emergency and a tug-of-war between City Hall and Albany, the MTA on Tuesday revealed its action plan for fixing its 113-year-old subway system. Phase I of the two-part plan unveiled by agency Chairman Joe Lhota will start immediately and “attack...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:42pm

‘Riders have every right to be frustrated’ with MTA: Mayor

The battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over New York’s embattled MTA and the city’s aged subway system rages on. In a one-two punch, the mayor first blasted the governor and new MTA Chairman Joe Lhota while riding an F train in Brooklyn on Sunday, which preceded...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 4:38pm

Did you know you can attend the MTA’s monthly meeting?

Instead of sounding off on social media about the near-daily issues you experience with the MTA, did you know you can actually tell the agency your thoughts the old-fashioned way? Yes, we mean face-to-face? Around the third week of almost every month, the MTA holds a board meeting at its...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 3:23pm

Technology allows buses to reduce travel time: NYC DOT

As New Yorkers face uncertain peril just about every time they board a subway these days, there’s good news for those who ride certain routes of the city’s Select Bus Service. Five of those bus routes have seen an 18 percent reduction in travel time, the New York City Department of...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 2:26pm

Brooklyn Q train derailment affecting several subway lines

A train derailment in Brooklyn Friday morning is the latest issue in a long week of commuting issues thousands of New Yorkers faced. MTA officials said the second car of a southbound Q train derailed near Brighton Beach, ABC7 reported. There were about 100 passengers on board, and no injuries have...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:43am

MTA requests funding from City Hall for subway

With New York City’s Albany-run decrepit subway system failing on a near-daily basis, the MTA is looking a little closer to home for help in fixing it: City Hall. On Thursday, new MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced that he was in the process of creating an emergency plan to submit to city...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 9:48am