How the city went from terrorist victim to the over-successful city in 12 short years.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn picked up the endorsement Tuesday of 32BJ, a big regional union that represents cleaning workers, doormen and security guards.
The system is still experiencing problems. But after we wrote about this last week, the percentage of stations out of service for four or more hours dropped from an average of ten percent to about two and a half percent.
Barclays was designed for public transit, but some visitors have a distinct preference for getting there behind the wheel: to wit, fans of Barbra Streisand and Andrea Bocelli.
To be sure, our analysis isn't perfect. But by scraping station data, the WNYC Data News Team found that, in the last week, an average of 35 stations -- ten percent of the program's 330 stations -- had no activity for four or more hours during the day, indicating no bikes were checked out or returned.
When the Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz called Citi Bike a product of Mayor Bloomberg's "autocratic, totalitarian" mind, the reaction wasn't exactly muted. New York Magazine concocted a Venn diagram addressing why conservatives hate Citi Bike (hint: it's vaguely French), and even Jon Stewart jumped in with"Slow Down, Lady Hunger Games!" and a hefty 5 1/2 minute segment. Now, Rabinowitz is back for more.
A day after Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn't pull any punches over one of their most bitter disagreements: a transit tunnel under the Hudson River that Christie cancelled. The death of the so-called ARC tunnel, for "Access to the Region's Core," rankled Lautenberg to the end.
Four days into its operation, New York City's Citi Bike has more members than Capital Bikeshare, which has been in operation for two years, and until this week, was the largest bike sharing program in the country. That distinction now belongs to NYC. Despite software problems, protests, and glitches -- some of them well-publicized, Citi Bike's membership has been rising at a clip of about 2,000 members a day.
What's with no helmets? What if there's no room in the docking station? Aren't I going to sweat? Everything you really wanted to know about bike share but were afraid to ask, answered here.
Summer's here, such as it is. Pretty much everyone is thinking about getting out of New York City. We're going to make it easier.
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.