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Why the Brooklyn/Queens street car connector isn’t progressing

A recent presentation of a mock-up for the Brooklyn Queens Connector Street Car without $2.8 billion in real money to pay for it continues to be a dream versus reality. The project also missed initiation of a formal public review process which was supposed to start by December 2017. Perhaps this is...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:03am

NYC transportation projects compete against each other for funding

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have competing wish lists for capital transportation improvement projects that even Santa Claus couldn't deliver. NYC already faces competition within the metro New York area for potentially $80 billion plus needed to fund major capital...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 5:01am

Why MTA fare hikes make sense

Any public official, MTA board member, MTA management or transit advocate who opposes future planned 4 percent fare hikes in 2019 & 2021 misses the reason why they are needed. Over the past 53 years since the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, over $120 billion dollars in combined city,...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:00am

Why the Triboro X rail may never leave the station

In 2012, Manhattan Borough president and future 2013 Democratic Party primary NYC Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer called for the construction of a new Triboro X subway line. This would connect Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. It made a great sound bite at the time and got...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

The problems with MTA fare payment system and new technology projects

Last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a Request for Proposals for a new Fare Payment System. Funding of $419 million to support this project was included in the $32 billion MTA 2015 - 2019 Five Year Capital Plan. This new fare collection system could be made through either...

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 5:07am

Ride into the past with the MTA Holiday Nostalgia Train

The holiday train. The vintage cars. The MTA holiday train. The shopper’s special. Whatever you call it, it’s back, but this year, with a celebratory twist. Ride back in time as you travel along the F subway line on the Holiday Nostalgia Train. Typically, the train runs from Queens to...

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 1:03pm

Get ready for unplanned subway fare hikes thanks to MTA improvements

According to the annual financial outlook report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, recent and much-needed improvements by the MTA may mean fare increases could come sooner than the ones that are already scheduled, Newsday reports. DiNapoli’s report pointed out that even if it...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 2:29pm

MTA workers getting iPhones as a way to help handle subway delays

When you get on a crowded subway car, you probably notice that most people are on their smartphones. Now, some MTA workers may be as well — but their screen time will help manage MTA communication and hopefully ease train delays, the agency says. The MTA is distributing iPhones to transit...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am

There were once women-only NYC subway cars

In dealing with the examples of ill-behaved humanity that still plague the city’s subway today, the powers that be in 1909 thought they were doing the ladies a favor when they suggested the addition of women-only subway cars, according to Ephemeral New York. Called “...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 4:28pm

Why are the tracks of the Times Square-Grand Central shuttle curved?

At the platform of the Times Square-Grand Central shuttle, a train track is hidden in plain sight. At both ends of the two-station line, tracks are numbered 1, 3 and 4, with no Track 2 to be found. As the New York Times explained, Track 2 once ran in its appropriate spot, between Tracks 1...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:56pm

Grand Central Terminal not only has a secret track but also the ghost of FDR's dog

While the subway can always be a bit creepy, there might be more behind those spooky feelings when standing underground than just frighteningly bad service. Allegedly, a ghost haunts Track 61, the secret track hidden under Grand Central Terminal, according to Phil Schoenberg, a New York...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 4:46pm

NYC public transit ranks No. 1 in North America for sustainability: Report

Though many people have their gripes with New York City’s public transportation system, a new study says it’s No. 1 in North America — at least when it comes to sustainability. New York City earned the top spot out of 23 United States and Canadian cities in the Sustainability...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:26pm

What to expect from the subway this weekend

It’s finally Friday — congrats on making it through another week! But along with the long-awaited end of the workweek comes the MTA’s weekend work. Here’s some of what to expect from your subway system this weekend: • 1/2 From 11:45 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

This is how much extra time you spend waiting for the NYC subway by line

The Independent Budget Office released yet another incriminating report this week about New York City’s subway system. Not only are the subway’s growing delays costing the city up to $389 million each year, the IBO also found that delays end up setting back New...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 1:25pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the MTA

The current disagreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio over who controls and is responsible for recent Metropolitan Transportation Authority problems is nothing new. This ongoing feud over numerous issues between Cuomo and de Blasio is now into the fourth year. It...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:02am

Poor black Brooklyn residents targeted for fare evasion arrests: Report

When it comes to policing fare evaders on the subway, a new report argues that the city targets poor black New Yorkers for arrests in Brooklyn. “The Crime of Being Short $2.75,” a report out Monday by the Community Service Society, looks at 2016 fare evasion data in Brooklyn for where...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:08am

Your transportation dollars could have been better spent in downtown Manhattan

Sixteen years after 9/11, the Cortland Street World Trade Center subway station is still two years away from returning to service. Recent news of slower than anticipated progress based upon the contractors’ current project construction recovery schedule could result in...

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:03am

Subway delays could cost NYC up to $398M every year: Study

New York City’s notorious subway delays have surely costs you some of your time, and since time is money, they’re costing the city as well — to the tune of nearly $400 million. Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a new analysis on Monday looking at exactly how much those...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:06pm

PHOTOS: Falling in love again with NYC's transit system at Miss Subways

When riding the New York City subway, you only understand about 70 percent of what’s happening in any given moment. That about sums up the newly revived Miss Subways competition, too. Choosing Miss Subways used to be a ho-hum PR exercise by New York Subway Advertising that quietly chose a...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:58pm

The missing Hudson Yards 7-train intermediate subway station

There is more to the second anniversary for Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit starting service on the No. 7 subway line to the new 34th Street–11th Ave Hudson Yards station in September 2015 that few remember. The original cost of the overall project...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:02am