Jim O'Grady is the transportation reporter for WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.
Jim lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The city is working on a deal to use tax-exempt bonds and other subsidies to build a soccer stadium. The agreement would bail out the bankrupt company that owns 11 parking garages and lots serving Yankee Stadium - garages originally built with hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies.
Here's a cool map. It shows the transit systems of New York and New Jersey as they link to each other beneath the Hudson River.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't getting behind a new push to change the city's tolling system. At least for now.
Citi Bike will not be growing any time soon. Six months after the launch of the popular bike sharing program, the New York City Department of Transportation isn't saying when a promised expansion into parts of Brooklyn and Queens will happen.
Select Bus Service debuted in Brooklyn today. But the B 44's roll-out had some kinks.
SUNY spokesman David Doyle said Long Island College Hospital turned away ambulances Wednesday night because of "a shortage of medical specialists." But he said the hospital expects to resume accepting ambulances and admitting new patients tomorrow.
If New York voters approve the casino ballot initiative, what kind of revenue might it generate? And what impact could there be on local businesses?
The New York City Marathon charged back to life on Sunday as more than 48,000 runners streamed across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the race's start. About 21,000 of them were holdovers from last year's race, which was cancelled because of Sandy.
Federal dollars flowed today toward building a new Tappan Zee Bridge. But much of that money may ultimately be paid back by drivers.
It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.
Here's what we know: the MTA is applying for $4.5 billion in federal funds to fortify New York's transit system against future storms. What we don't yet know: will the authority figure out how to to seal off the mouths of the 14 tubes that lie beneath the city's waterways?
A hundred Sandy survivors gathered at The West End Temple in The Rockaways on Sunday to hear about, and from, a Biblical character who famously faced calamity. Four actors read a portion of the Book of Job in a flood-damaged sanctuary still undergoing repairs.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we check in with Jim O’Grady, a reporter for The Takeaway's partner WNYC, who has been covering stories of emotional trauma and resilience from Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, a community that lost more lives than any other during the hurricane.
One of Sandy's less visible effects is the mental and emotional toll it continues to take on the people who lived through it. For a year, Jim O'Grady has been visiting neighborhoods in Staten Island that suffered the highest death rate from the storm. He talked to three people who, like thousands in our area, are still grappling with the trauma of that night.
Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate for mayor, spent 2012 running the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the country's largest transportation system. How'd he do? And what kind of leadership style did he bring to the job?
Riders on the New Haven Line railroad could see full service restored by the Monday morning rush hour. An upgrade to a Metro-North substation that supplies electricity to the line's overheard wires is done, but must now be tested.
By the end of this month, riders in Manhattan will be able to use their phone to track buses approaching their stop. So say signs that have begun to appear in the subway.
An official with the MTA says that even if Con Ed succeeds in sending extra power to the crippled New Haven Line, riders shouldn't expect more than the bare-bones service they're getting now.
UPDATE Subway riders should expect significant shut-downs of lines that use tubes to move in and out of Manhattan--but not as bad as the current 14-month closure of the R train tunnel under New York harbor. That's the warning from MTA chairman Tom Prendergast.