Tag Archives: MTA

NEW YORK CITY: Cuomo Pitches Congestion Charges For Manhattan In Bid To Fund Crumbling Subway

Oh look. Other news. The New York Times reports: A decade ago, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York offered a plan to ease traffic in Manhattan and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the city’s aging infrastructure. Drivers would be charged $8 to enter the most congested parts of Manhattan during peak commuting hours. The plan was ...

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NEW YORK CITY: MTA Says Dogs Must Fit In A Bag To Ride The Subway, New Yorkers Say Done And Done

People Magazine reports: New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is dog-friendly — to a point. Leashed service and emotional support animals are allowed to ride with their owners with no other restrictions, but all other pet dogs wanting to ride the rails need to be brought on in a carrier. For pup parents with smaller dogs, this is a cinch. ...

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Guerilla Pride Posters Appear On NYC Subway

Gothamist reports: Thomas Shim said he and his collaborators were inspired to pepper the subway with guerrilla Pride Month posters when President Donald Trump declined to formally acknowledge the month’s significance on June 1st. “It hit us hard the day of pride month, and President Trump not acknowledging it,” Shim told Gothamist on Monday. “Pride month is not something that ...

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Bear Couple Mosaic To Grace NYC Subway Station

I learned about this installation a couple of weeks ago and planned on reporting on it once I could take my own photos when the new subway line officially opens on Sunday. But some of you have prodded me not to wait. From the Associated Press: The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural ...

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NYC’s MTA Lays Out Coming L Train Pain [VIDEO]

New York City’s MTA has issued a fascinating and informative video which lays out the coming years-long closure of the L train, the busiest downtown link between Brooklyn and Manhattan. From the New York Times: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is asking riders of the L subway how they would like their nightmare: nasty, brutish and shortish, or somewhat less painful ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Manhattan-Brooklyn L Train Service Faces Years-Long Shutdown For Sandy Repairs

A few days ago we learned that the MTA is planning the complete closure of 30 subway stations for renovations that will (allegedly) take up to a full year. Today we get more much dire news about the L train, known to many here as the “hipster express” as its first Brooklyn stop is in Williamsburg. Via Gothamist: Like the ...

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NYC Installs Stiletto-Friendly Subway Grates

Mashable mocks: New York city’s MTA (Mass Transit Authority) fields complaints ranging from subway cleanliness, vermin infestation, train frequency and safety, among other demands. But the city’s leader in public transportation has decided to tackle the really serious stuff: broken shoes. Answering the prayers of stiletto-wearers everywhere, the MTA announced plans Tuesday to install “high-heel friendly” grates on some sidewalks. ...

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Please Stand Clear

In order to “reduce dwell time” in the stations, the MTA is testing a shorter announcement on the 2 and 5 lines. Normally you hear a sonorous male saying “Stand clear of the closing doors, please.” The test voice is a female who simply says “Please stand clear.” The MTA says they hope to “shave 2-3 seconds off station stops.”

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Breitbart Headline Of The Day

Pam Geller is very unhappy: A century of free speech in New York’s most public square — the streets, the buses, the subways — came to a screeching halt last Wednesday when the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) voted to ban all issue and political advertising, solely in order to silence me. Baltimore burning is “free speech.” But our ads get ...

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NYC Transit To Ban All Political Ads Just To Stop Pam Geller’s “Killing Jews” Campaign

Via CBS New York: The nation’s largest mass transit system is preparing to ban all political advertising on its subways and buses after a judge ruled that a pro-Israel group was allowed to display an advertisement containing the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews” on New York City buses. The resolution is expected to pass Wednesday at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Pam Geller Wins “Killing Jews” Transit Ads Battle With MTA

Via the New York Times: A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display an ad from a pro-Israel group on buses after the agency declined to run it last year. The group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, sued the authority in October, saying it had infringed on the group’s First Amendment rights by rejecting ...

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NYC Subway Ridership At 65-Year High

Via the Wall Street Journal: New York City’s subway system carried 1.75 billion customers last year, as ridership grew by the highest annual amount in more than 65 years, according to new figures released Monday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority data show ridership grew 2.6% in 2014—some 5.6 million customers rode the system on an average weekday and six million people ...

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Anguish Looms For The Hipster Express

Gothamist has unfortunate news for Billyburg nightlife: Brokelyn reports that the L will not run overnight between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue on weeknights from March 24th to May 22nd. Indeed, it will turn into a pumpkin from midnight to 5 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, for six weeks. Hope you don’t work in the service industry! And again, there will ...

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Cuomo Proposes Rail Link To LGA

During his State Of The State address, yesterday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed connecting LaGuardia Airport to New York City’s rail system via a new AirTrain line. Adding rail service to LGA is an idea that has been pitched and abandoned several times in recent decades. Cuomo’s plan involves a 1.5 mile long LGA AirTrain running over the Grand ...

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NYC Subway Breaks Ridership Record

Via the New York Daily News: If you think the subway is more crowded than ever you’re right: The MTA set a ridership record last month. Subway trains carried 149 million passengers in September — the most of any September in more than 60 years, according to the MTA. The newly available figures also show 6.1 million people rode the ...

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New NYC Transit Ads From Pam Geller

Having won a 2012 court battle to place anti-Islam ads on New York City transit, the above banners from blogger Pam Geller began appearing this week on buses and subway platforms. Today Geller agreed to pull the top image from the campaign after receiving complaints from the family of beheaded journalist James Foley. As part of the 2012 ruling, the ...

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Photo Of The Day

Gizmodo reports: NYC’s East Side Access Project continues apace, and these recent images, taken last month by MTA photographer Rehema Trimiew, show a whole new view of the mind-boggling underground caverns now being constructed beneath Manhattan. From raw walls of exposed geology to this, the space is finally taking on the look and feel of architecture. The titanic yellow facility—its ...

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NYC Subway Breaks Single-Day Record

For those that are interested in mass transit trivia: The weather was mild on the subway system’s perfect day — clear skies to coax New Yorkers outdoors, paired with a breeze that discouraged long walks. There were probably few vacations planned, with summer a recent memory and the year-end holidays looming. It was, perhaps most important, a Thursday. And so, ...

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HomoQuotable – Josh Barro

“The next mayor of New York, if he or she is to do a good job, will have to say ‘no’ a lot. Only Lhota gave the correct answer: No, you do not strand thousands of New Yorkers for 90 minutes in a futile effort to herd two cats whose lives we are inexplicably prioritizing over the rats who are ...

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NEW YORK CITY: MTA Considers Selling Naming Rights To Subway Stations

The New York Times reports: More of New York City’s subway stations could eventually bear the names of deep-pockets sponsors — for the right price. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has for the first time proposed a formal set of rules for renaming its facilities, and the authority’s board is expected to discuss the proposal at meetings next week. The authority ...

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