Tag Archives: MTA

NEW YORK CITY: MTA To Place Disclaimers On Pam Geller’s “Hate” Advertising

New York City’s public transit authority has voted unanimously to place disclaimers on ads such as the ones recently posted by anti-Islam activist Pam Geller. Similar disclaimers are already posted adjacent to Geller’s ads on San Francisco’s MUNI. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved new guidelines for advertisements on Thursday, prohibiting those that it “reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke …

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Headline Of The Day

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If You See Something, Say Something

The NYC subway system has seen a recent rash of masturbators, flashers, gropers, and up-skirt video pervs. Gothamist provides a suggested MTA warning poster after another such incident this weekend. (It looks like an old MUNI car in the photo. It’s definitely not MTA.)

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Color Blind

After some MTA signage misidentified the B and C trains, the New York Times wondered how many people actually navigate by the colors of the lines rather than their letters and numbers. I do tell house guests just to look for the green line after a day of sightseeing: “Green is for ‘go’, as in ‘go home to Joe’s.'” That …

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Billboard Of The Day

Having just won her court battle to place anti-Islam messages on NYC public transit, wingnut blogger Pam Geller begins with the above Metro-North campaign. Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh Town Supervisor, tells the Daily Politics that he wants the MTA “to warn passengers that the ads could be upsetting and don’t represent Metro-North’s views or that of the community,” noting, “There …

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Inside The Second Avenue Subway

The New York Times reports today on the Second Avenue subway, whose excavation explosions still rattle my apartment daily after almost two years of work. In Manhattan, where street traffic tends to stall, only one subway runs the length of the East Side. Every weekday, 1.3 million passengers — more than are carried in 24 hours by the transit systems …

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Google Launches Subway Alert App

Launched yesterday by Google Maps: Have you ever arrived at a subway platform only to find that the train you intended to take is skipping stops, rerouted on another line, or isn’t running at all due to scheduled maintenance? Now when you click on any of the 468 New York City subway stations labeled on Google Maps, you’ll see whether …

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Remember Yesterday’s Subway Video?

Apparently it takes some internet mocking to get the MTA off their asses. That and the word “lawsuits.”

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NEW YORK CITY: High-Ranking Lesbian Transit Official Accused Of Nepotism

A high-ranking MTA official has been accused of using her position to get her partner a job. The couple says the investigation is a witch-hunt because of their sexual orientation. Sherry Herrington, the $170,000 operations chief at Metro-North Railroad praised her partner’s qualifications in an email to the human resources department without revealing their relationship, according to the report by …

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Gotham’s OTHER Huge Public Works Dig

While I’ve blabbed on and on about the Second Avenue subway, I’ve made scant mention of the nation’s other massive public works project, the extension of the Long Island Rail Road to a huge new station buried 15 stories under Grand Central. That project’s biggest challenge is constructing a system of escalators that can rapidly move tens of thousands of …

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New York Transit Workers Union:
Give Tasers To City Bus Drivers

What could possibly go wrong? Here’s a stunning idea — arming transit workers with Tasers so they can zap bad guys who menace them. It’s the brainchild of state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), who wants bus drivers, subway conductors and other transit workers to be able to protect themselves and passengers from crazy riders, criminals and even would-be terrorists. Transport …

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Geek Alert: Subway Ridership Stats

The MTA has unloaded a trainload of ridership stats for useless trivia fans such as myself. There were 1.6 billion rides in 2011. Weekday rides in Manhattan alone are right under three million. The top six busiest stations by number of entries at each: 1. Times Square: 61M2. Grand Central: 43M3. Herald Square: 38M4. Union Square: 35M5. Penn Station [1/2/3]: …

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NYC Subway Cell Service To Begin

Beginning on Tuesday, even some of Manhattan’s subway platforms will not be out of reach for the clattering, jabbering, Angry Birding masses. Some straphangers will be able to make calls and go online on their smart phones at six subway stations starting Tuesday, MTA officials confirmed to amNewYork. The pilot program for AT&T and T-Mobile customers will begin along the …

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Proposed NYC Subway Ad

Whackjob blogger Pamela Geller says she will sue the MTA if they don’t accept her above ad. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said the message is meant to counter posters in 18 subway stations calling for the end of U.S. military aid to Israel. They were paid for by the Westchester-based WESPAC Foundation and began a one-month …

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MTA Resumes Service (Mostly)

Although the mayor warned commuters not to expect the return of subway service until late today, New Yorkers woke up this morning to the surprising news that most lines were running after a massive crew of MTA workers labored overnight to reposition trains and clear tracks of debris. Problems and service changes persist on several lines, so check the MTA …

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NEW YORK: Cuomo Orders Complete MTA Shutdown At Noon Tomorrow, Bloomberg Calls For Mandatory Zone A Evacuation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the complete shutdown of mass transit beginning at noon tomorrow. He also activated the state National Guard. The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which provides transit services to New York City and its suburbs, will institute a system-wide shutdown starting after the final runs around noon on Saturday. The shutdown includes subways, buses, Long Island …

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Morning View – Subway Thingie

The giant subway drilling explosion apparatus that has literally been rocking my block has arrived on our doorsteps. I’ve mentioned here how the explosions were shaking my apartment from three blocks away. So I guess now it gets really interesting. (Photo by Dr. Jeff)

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NYC’s Subway: 25 Years Ago

Take a trip back to the time of turnstyle tokens, rampant graffiti, and really big hair via this just-posted clip of the Times Square station in 1986. I never knew there used to be a K train.

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NEW YORK CITY: Subway Officials Consider Barriers To Stop Jumpers

New York City’s MTA is considering installing a system of sliding subway platform doors as the number of deaths and injuries from suicide attempts and falls continues to rise. Ninety people were struck by subway trains in 2009, resulting in 40 deaths. The proposed barrier/door system would be similar to that used by the JFK Airtrain, seen above. NYC Transit …

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All Gay’s Go To Hell

The girlfriend of JMG reader Brenda spotted the above graffiti on two MTA signs at the Canal Street station. Since the signs are locked, an inside job is suspected. But like our tipster, we are far more offended by this abuse of punctuation than by its infantile message.

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