Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on.
Two thousand feet of chewed up track and bent rails is a lot. This MTA video shows the magnitude of the job ahead at the place where two trains collided Friday. Purposefully so, so you don't get too mad while it takes a while to get Metro-North service fully up and running. Officials say that could take well into the week.
The MTA and Connecticut DOT will be offering bus and train shuttle service this week while the tracks and overhead lines are repaired at the site of Friday's collision. But the transportation authority is cautioning passengers to plan for significant travel delays, and to expect crowded trains and buses.
Two Metro-North trains collided near Bridgeport, Connecticut, Friday during the height of the evening rush hour, injuring some 72 passengers, 3 critically. Train service to New Haven is suspended at least through the weekend, and Amtrak is suspending all Northeast Corridor between New York and New Haven indefinitely.
Alcoholism, bulimia, and Al D'Amato find their way into the mayor's race this week...as Anthony Weiner shows up in Park Slope to film a campaign commercial. The elbowing for momentum is on, in earnest. Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin, and Anna Sale break down this week in politics.
New Jersey Transit has released its hurricane plan. Even so, portions of the, slim, three-and-a-half page plan remain blacked out, including -- significantly -- information on where trains would be stored during hurricanes. Some $120 million of NJ Transit trains stored in low-lying areas during storm Sandy were flooded. Since then, the agency has been fiercely secretive, going so far as to black out the date that the hurricane plan was drawn up, citing security reasons.
In the wake of our report on the costs to New Jersey Transit of Hurricane Sandy, a national report says extreme weather clean-up cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100 billion -- or $1,100 per taxpayer. That's according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group.
New Jersey Transit commissioned a study on climate change. But the report didn't raise alarms, and when Sandy roared in, the nation's largest statewide transit agency was overwhelmed, leaving trains in low-lying areas and suffering $120 million in damage to a flooded fleet.
Following our story on how NJ Transit stumbled when it came to preparing for storm Sandy, you were pretty clear. You want better management, and better communication.
The weekend before Sandy thundered into New Jersey, transit officials studied a map showing bright green and orange blocks. On the map, the area where most New Jersey Transit trains were being stored showed up as orange – or dry.
And it might have been a good plan. Except the numbers New Jersey Transit used to create the map were wrong.
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Joe Lhota calls Port Authority police officers "mall cops," as other candidates tap dance around the politics of bike lanes. And Corruption sweeps Albany. Again.
Yet another New York City mayoral candidate is trying to parse the bike issue. Republican Joe Lhota used the shock some people felt at the sudden arrival of docking stations as a way to distinguish himself from Mayor Bloomberg's management style. But, Lhota said, he's "absolutely in favor of" bike share, and in "no way, shape or form" means to criticize bike share or bike lanes.
Applause, giant ribbons, politicians and working escalators were in abundance Friday as MTA officials re-opened the Smith-9 Street subway station on the G and F lines after 22 months of renovations. But for area residents, the word most associated with the re-opening was "finally."
UPDATED. Registration for New York's bike share system officially opened at 11 am Monday, and by 3 pm, some 2500 people had signed up. By 3:30 pm Tuesday, 5000 people had purchased $103 annual memberships, according to DOT spokesman Scott Gastel.
New York city's bike share program is now accepting registrations. The Citi bike website is now adorned with an orange bubble that urges visitors to become "founding members."
This week in politics, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came under fire from animal rights activists and some union members, and her poll numbers ticked down. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner emerged to tell all -- and perhaps run for Mayor. And John Liu got a chilly reception from business leaders, a week before two of his former campaign staffers go on trial for illegal fundraising.
Governor Cuomo has hired in-house and tapped Tom Prendergast to be the new chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prendergast is already president of New York City Transit, the part of the MTA that runs subways and buses.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner says he’s interested in running for New York City mayor, two years after a Twitter sex scandal derailed his career. Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, granted an extensive interview to The New York Times Magazine, and swam right back into the political waters this week.