NYC subway

Wow, a man carried a couch on the NYC subway

New Yorkers are pretty innovative when it comes to what they can carry on the NYC subway, from fitting their big dogs into small bags because of the MTA’s rule about pets to somehow getting a motorcycle on the train because maybe the subway was a better transit option? In the latest crazy...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

NYC subway closes N train tunnel for 5 months with no notice

The last place anyone wants to be surprised is during your Monday commute. But that's just what happened to NYC subway commuters, who found out about a five-month service change after a problem-filled Monday morning rush hour. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 6:34pm

Call 911 on dogs riding NYC subway, MTA tells commuters

The world is a terrible place right now, and sharing videos of urban wildlife — whether it’s an avocado squirrel, a pizza rat or just a dog trying to get a break from the heat on an air-conditioned subway car — is one of the few joys we have left. But the MTA, the transit agency...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:45pm

Summer essentials for NYC subway survival so you don’t melt on your way to work

Let’s all face it: the stations for the NYC subway in the summer are small steamy purgatories. There’s really no good alternative, though. Biking just gets you moving in the heat (read: sweaty) and your boss was pissed when you showed up late after your Uber Pool got stuck behind a...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 3:22pm

de Blasio and Byford finally have a face-to-face

Seven months after Andy Byford took over NYC Transit, he got his first face-to-face with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday — just days after telling The New Yorker it was a “bit weird” the two hadn’t yet met. “I pushed him very hard on the need for funding over the next...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 11:49am

Subway delays harm low-income New Yorkers more than rich residents: Report

Subway delays are more than just an annoyance, they’re a real harm to the city’s economy and the lives of every day New Yorkers. But not all New Yorkers are affected by delays equally, according to a new report. In a report released this week, economists with the Federal Reserve Bank...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:45pm

14th Street to become busway during L train shutdown

Officials are proposing that 14th Street turn into a 17-hour-a-day busway during the L train shutdown, New York City Department of Transportation confirmed, restricting vehicle traffic on the roadway in order to accommodate displaced commuters. The changes were originally reported by the New York...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 4:49pm

If you've ever wanted to see someone kick a subway rat, today's your lucky day

The subway is a magical place. Ok, I lied — but, much like the great outdoors, it’s a place where humans coexist with the wonderful creatures Mother Earth has to offer. Take, for instance, subway rats. Just like us, they’re constantly on the go, scrambling to avoid the general...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 5:29pm

How the new MTA fare system will make your turnstile experience smoother

Public transportation can come with a slew of frustrations, like when you see your train pulling into the station but the turnstile reads “insufficient fare,” or when you’re stuck behind someone swiping their MetroCard over and over to no avail. These hiccups may soon be part of...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 2:26pm

Man fatally struck by E train in Queens: NYPD

A man was fatally struck by an E train in Queens Tuesday morning, police said. The man had been walking between the cars, a spokesperson for the NYPD said, and fell onto the tracks as the E train was pulling into the station at 63 Drive-Rego Park station. The incident occurred at 5:13 a.m. The...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:48am

Transit advocates ask subway riders to call the mayor in push for fair fares

As you wait on subway platforms this week, you may see transit advocates asking you to call Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to ask him to adopt “fair fares.” Members of the Riders Alliance and Community Service Society, an organization that advocates for low-income New Yorkers...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:31pm

Attention New Yorkers: the pizza rat is back

The pizza rat first made headlines back in 2015 when a city-goer documented a fearless rodent sneaking a slice down the 1st Avenue L station stairs. He went viral — and even temporarily got his own street sign tribute in Brooklyn. Over the weekend, another was spotted in action, this...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 5:35pm

Mayor, City Council speaker seek accountability from MTA for Subway Action Plan funding

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson want to make sure that the money New York City is giving to the MTA for its Subway Action Plan isn’t spent on other efforts. The officials sent a joint letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota on Wednesday asking for accountability when...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:56am

Straphangers, transit activists call for 24/7 bus service during L train shutdown

Transit activists and L train riders gathered on the City Hall steps on Tuesday to demand that the city implement a 24/7 transit plan during the scheduled L train shutdown. Members of the Riders Alliance, Regional Planning Association, Transportation Alternatives, Straphangers Campaign and Tri-...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:41pm

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