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Springtime in New York means waterfalls inside the subway

The end of winter is a sigh of relief for many New Yorkers — at least the ones who forget how terrible spring can be. Muggy, foggy, unpredictable and, above all, rainy: These are the joys of March and April as we parade around in shorts and sleeveless dresses in hopes of willing away sweater...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:59pm

Magnetic wands may be answer to fixing subway delays: Cuomo

What’s the answer to the dreaded subway delays? Not the wave of a magic wand, but a magnetic wand, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo toured the 9th Avenue subway station in Sunset Park on Thursday to demonstrate what he says is an innovative technology the MTA will be deploying in full...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:57am

NYPD neighborhood policing to descend into subway: Mayor

New York City is bringing the neighborhood policing prevalent on its streets down into the subway. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the NYPD will be implementing its intimate community policing tactics into train cars and subway stations as a way to keep New Yorkers safe as they...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:44pm

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

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