Transportation

Poll: Mass. residents fed up with transportation woes

The vast majority of Massachusetts workers experience some level of frustration and anger with their daily commutes, according to new polling that suggests residents view the state transportation system as one in "urgent" need of improvement. Voters also think that MBTA service can be more easily...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:51am

Williamsburg cyclist killed in hit-and-run is 5th NYC bicyclist death this year

Transit activists, City Councilor Antonio Reynoso and Brooklyn residents are gathering in Williamsburg on Monday evening to hold a vigil for Aurilla Lawrence, a 25-year-old bike messenger who was hit and killed by a truck on Thursday. Lawrence was riding her bicycle on Broadway between Marcy...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 4:38pm

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

Metro-North announces start of New Haven line service between Bronx and Manhattan

The Metro-North New Haven line trains will soon travel between Fordham and Manhattan, the MTA announced this week, marking a change in what was previously called “exclusionary” transit in the Bronx. Fordham has been a “discharge only” stop for decades, allowing passengers coming from the suburbs...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:20pm

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

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

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

NYC elected officials, transit activists call for bike lanes, 14th street bus even without L train shutdown

Though the complete L train shutdown has been canceled, elected officials, transportation activists and employees of Citi Bike are calling on the city to keep in place L train mitigation plans, like bike lanes and a dedicated 14th Street busway. When it was expected that the L train would be shut...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:08pm

Judge allows congestion pricing surcharge collected on Manhattan for-hire trips

A New York Supreme Court judge has lifted the block on the city’s congestion pricing surcharge, allowing that surcharge to be collected on for-hire vehicle trips in Manhattan. The surcharge  must be collected beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.  Manhattan’s congestion pricing...

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:58am

Parking paradox: Law assigning hundreds of NYC spots to car-share servicesmeant to ease parking

Tuxedo-clad Gria Jacobs has been a chauffeur in NYC for three years, she said from behind the wheel of her Mercedes. For her, looking good while driving is easy. Parking is hard. Every year, Jacobson has to shell out $3,000 to $4,000 in parking tickets, the painful price of doing business. And...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:33pm

Maybe all MBTA trains should be driverless: expert

Reports that a Red Line train went barreling through four stations without a driver on Thursday gave riders quite a stir this week. The mishap, believed to have been caused by operator error, birthed an MBTA controversy that was big even for an agency used to dealing with commuters’ scorn...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:29pm

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

NYC Council Member says city should be reimbursed for L train shutdown prep

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the full L train shutdown was unnecessary uprooted years of planning and preparation overnight, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is calling for the city to be reimbursed for all its effort. Rodriguez didn’t have the total for how much the city...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 2:44pm

Personal injury lawyers see potential issues with legal electric scooters

As electric scooters have popped up in cities across the country, so have stories about e-scooter accidents, and that means personal injury lawyers are paying close attention to the new transportation trend. Electric scooters are currently illegal in New York (both city and state), but city...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

You can negotiate your fare with a new NYC ride-hailing app

A new ride-hailing company is cruising into New York City, and it boasts a “set-your-own-price” perk for passengers. Ride-hailing app inDriver launches in New York City this week, marking the Siberia-founded company’s first dip into the United States market. The service stands...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:32pm

NYC rideshare drivers could get wage increase

Uber and Lyft drivers in New York City could get a pay raise if the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) votes in their favor on Tuesday on pay rules for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers. Rideshare drivers have long been battling for a livable wage. Drivers plan to gather for a rally Tuesday...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:16pm

NYC becomes first major city to set minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

Uber and Lyft drivers throughout the five boroughs will see a pay increase of about $9,600 each per year after the Taxi and Limousine Commission voted on new minimum wage standards for New York City rideshare drivers. Commissioners voted seven to one to approve the new wage rules for app-based for...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 4:36pm

Citi Bike to triple fleet size, double service area under expansion

Citi Bike is stretching out across New York City with plans to double its service area and triple its number of rideshare bicycles over the next five years. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the expansion on Thursday, which will make the bike share service — already the largest in the nation...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 2:56pm

NYC Council Members to introduce bills to legalize electric scooters, e-bikes

Electric scooters are could be one step closer to becoming a reality on New York City streets as Council Member Rafael Espinal plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would legalize e-scooters and throttle electric bikes. Electric scooters and throttle electric bikes are currently illegal...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 3:36pm