Tag Archives: MTA

NYC To Offer 7-Day Subway Pass With Vaccinations

Gothamist reports: New York City straphangers will soon be able to receive a coronavirus vaccine while waiting for their subway or commuter train, as part of a new state-run pilot that will bring temporary inoculation sites to some of the city’s busiest transit hubs. Between May 12th and May 16th, a total of eight new pop-up sites will offer the …

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NYC Subway Will Return To 24/7 Service On May 17

The New York Times reports: New York City’s subway will return to 24-hour service on May 17 more than a year after closing overnight during the pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday. The restoration of subway hours are the latest sign of New York’s recovery as more people have gotten vaccinated and city life has slowly begun to pick …

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NYC Subway Sees Record Rides Since Pandemic Began

Gothamist reports: As more people get vaccinated and parts of the economy reopen, subway riders continue to return to the subway system. For the first time since the pandemic started, more than 2 million people rode the subway on April 8th. The MTA said that 2,009,025 subway trips were recorded on Thursday. Bus ridership also hit a new high since …

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NYC May See 40% Cut In Weekday Subway Service

The New York Daily News reports: A 40% cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers are on the table as MTA honchos battle a COVID-19 financial catastrophe, the Daily News has learned. “This would absolutely be an end to the New York way of life,” said Andrew Albert, the non-voting rider advocate on the …

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MTA Warns Of Massive Service Cuts Unless Feds Help

Gothamist reports: The MTA called an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to outline the most draconian cuts it would make if the federal government doesn’t deliver on its request for $12 billion before the end of the year. The agency says it needs the funds to balance the budget and get through 2021. In November, they will present next year’s …

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New York City Subway May Try Reservations System

The New York Daily News reports: “Your subway pole reservation awaits.” That could be the new reality for straphangers as life in New York inches back to some kind of normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Pat Foye said Thursday the agency is considering a form of “Ticketmaster technology” that would require riders to book a slot …

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Cuomo: L Train Tunnel Done Under Budget And Early

Oh look. Actually good news. Curbed New York reports: The MTA’s dreaded repairs to the L train’s East River tunnel were completed ahead of schedule, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, Work on the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel was initially scheduled to wrap up in July 2020 at the earliest to the tune of $500 million, but MTA …

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MTA: 41 Deaths, 6000 Out Sick, Many Trains Canceled

The New York Times reports: At least 41 transit workers have died, and more than 6,000 more have fallen sick or self-quarantined. Crew shortages have caused over 800 subway delays and forced 40 percent of train trips to be canceled in a single day. The average wait for some trains, usually four minutes, has ballooned to 40 minutes. Since the …

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NYC’s MTA Asks Bus Riders To Cover Nose And Mouth

The New York Post reports: The MTA and its largest union want bus riders to shield their mouths and noses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the agency’s workforce and led to severe service reductions and dangerous crowding. Bus riders should “cover their noses and mouths with bandanas or scarfs… if they do not have masks,” …

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NYC’s MTA Cuts Service Due To Shortage Of Workers

The New York Post reports: The MTA will cut service on subways, buses and commuter rails as it grapples with a spike in coronavirus-related sick calls, officials said Tuesday night. Starting Wednesday, the agency will cut subway service by 25%, working on a modified schedule that concentrates service in the morning and evening peak. The B, W and Z lines …

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NYC’s MTA Seeks Bailout Over Plummeting Ridership

The New York Post reports: New York City’s public transportation system, the largest in North America, is seeking a $4 billion federal bailout as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered an extraordinary free fall in ridership and left transit officials facing what is likely to be the worst economic crisis in decades. In a letter on Tuesday to New York’s Congressional …

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NYC Subway Ridership Dwindles Amid Virus Scare

The New York Post reports: The new coronavirus brought the unthinkable: a lonely New York City commute. Dramatic photos shot by a Post photographer show a nearly empty Times Square subway station Tuesday afternoon as straphangers apparently heeded sometimes contradictory advice from officials to avoid crowded trains while insisting it is still safe to ride the rails. The striking images …

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NYC Residents Told To Avoid Subway When Possible

Gothamist reports: As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the city, authorities are urging New Yorkers to reevaluate their commutes with an eye toward cleanliness. “If you see a packed train car, let it go by and wait for the next train,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed the suggestion a few …

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New York City’s Subways Have A New Smell: Bleach

Gothamist reports: Train cars and buses are being cleaned daily, and the entire fleet is getting a deep clean every 72 hours. Meanwhile, surfaces in stations will also be getting wipe downs—turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines, slam gates, benches, elevator buttons, and handrails will be disinfected daily. Governor Andrew Cuomo specified that the weapon of choice here is bleach …

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NYC’s MTA Launches Anti-Virus Sanitization Program

NBC New York reports: The MTA is stepping up its cleaning efforts in order to ensure that the novel coronavirus does not get spread on NYC’s public transportation. Transit workers will disinfect subway turnstiles, station handrails, MetroCard and ticket vending machines daily and other frequently used parts of the system, according to a statement from Transport Workers Union President Tony …

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Massive Anti-MTA Protest Snarls Grand Central, Many Arrested, Turnstiles Vandalized W/Glue, Paint [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: There were multiple arrests after protesters gathered at Grand Central before taking to the streets Friday night. Police struggled to hold back the elbow-to-elbow protesters covering the main floor of Grand Central Terminal. The group started gathering just after 5 p.m., many wearing masks and carrying anti-police posters. Some tried to hang banners in the terminal, all …

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NYC Yanks New Subway Fleet Over Opening Doors

The New York Times reports: An entire fleet of New York City’s newest subway cars was abruptly pulled out of service on Wednesday after two recent episodes raised concerns that doors could open while trains were moving, according to people involved in the transit system who were told about the defects. The MTA , which runs the subway, did not …

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NEW YORK: State Lawmakers Agree To First-In-Nation Congestion Pricing Plan For Manhattan Commuters

The New York Times reports: After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed to a $175 billion budget early Sunday morning, packed with a bevy of progressive programs, including changes to the cash bail system, a new tax on high-end homes and a novel plan to charge motorists to drive into Manhattan’s …

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NYC’s MTA To Begin Tests Of Contactless Fare Cards

The New York Post reports: The MTA’s new fare payment system will be called OMNY – short for One Metro New York – and agency employees will test the new contactless cards out starting next week, according to a memo sent to workers. The pilot program being offered to MTA workers is the first major step toward the agency’s move …

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SURPRISE: Cuomo Cancels Dreaded L Train Shutdown

The New York Post reports: ‘L’ of a plot twist! Less than a month after deeming the 15-month total shutdown of the L-train tunnel linking Manhattan and Brooklyn “vital,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday backpedaled at the 11th hour and announced a piecemeal approach that will allow the line to still run 24/7. Rather than the long-anticipated complete year-plus closure …

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