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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

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LIRR Riders Face Major Weekend Disruptions

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The LIRR will run just one-third the number of trains it usually does this week and large parts of the network will be out of service completely, to be replaced with subways or shuttle buses. The same disruptions will occur the following weekend.

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Admission Fee for September 11 Museum?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Twenty bucks to get into the Met, MoMA -- and the September 11 Museum at the World Trade Center?

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Park Rehab Ten Years in the Making

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Residents of the Lower East Side and the East Village have been waiting for almost ten years to get East River Park between Jackson Streets and 12th Street back in tact. And it’s still not finished.

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Parts of New York City Earn Federal Disaster Declaration After September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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Parts of City Earn Disaster Declaration Following September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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MTA Working on Better Service Advisories

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Even the chairman of the MTA forgets to check for subway diversions before he goes out on weekends.

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Christie To Take Another Look at Hudson Commuter Train Tunnel

Friday, October 08, 2010

A day after cancelling a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he'll take another look at it. Christie promised a two-week review of several options that could salvage the tunnel after meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But the Republican governor insisted the project was "financially not viable" and likely to exceed its budget.

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Christie: I Haven't Reviewed Final Tunnel Numbers

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WNYC

Speaking at a hospital ribbon-cutting in Newark, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is just returning from a multi-day midwest campaign swing with fellow Republicans, says he hasn't had a chance to meet with his staff or review the final numbers on the ARC commuter train tunnel from New Jersey to New York.

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Just How Bad Were the Subways in 1985?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WNYC

If you think the subways are late, dirty and expensive now, imagine what it was like 25 years ago. In honor of the Straphangers' Campaign's latest report on the State of the Subways we took a look at one of the earliest documents the organization produced.

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Straphangers Say Mild Improvement in Subway Service

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Despite widespread service cuts, the subway system has gotten mildly better. That's according to the Straphangers Campaign, which says the subway's gotten a little cleaner, a little more reliable, and its announcements are clearer this year compared to the year before.

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ARC Funding: What's at Stake

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) New Jersey never put up much of its own money towards the ARC Tunnel. And yet Governor Chris Christie seems poised to cancel the project because of money concerns.

Out of the tunnel’s $8.7 billion budget, New Jersey was contributing just $2.7 billion. Even that figure overstates the case, however. According to transportation officials, only $1.25 billion would come from New Jersey sources: the tolls collected by the NJ Turnpike Authority. Another billion and change comes from the federal government’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), according to transportation officials.

If, or when, the tunnel’s canceled, New Jersey could divert the $1.25 billion in turnpike tolls easily—even to help out the state’s ailing Transportation Trust Fund. Christie will also be able to spend the CMAQ money on other road and bridge projects—although transportation sources say the money will have to be used in accordance with federal regulations, which would rule out its use for the trust fund.

The other $6 billion, contributed equally by the Port Authority and the Federal Transit Administration, is money slated specifically for the ARC Tunnel. Transportation sources say that Christie will have to sacrifice all of that money should he cancel the tunnel. However, presumably some Port Authority projects would take place in New Jersey.

Christie’s stated concern all along, however, was what New Jersey would do if the tunnel ended up costing more than $8.7 billion. According to one legislative source, the current agreement with the Federal Transit Administration calls for the Port Authority and the state of New Jersey to be jointly responsible.

The bottom line: Christie gets loses $6 billion in free money. But he gets to spend a different $2.25 billion on roads and bridges, all the while limiting his liability for cost overruns.

He also wouldn’t need to increase the gas tax to bail out the Transportation Trust Fund,thereby protecting his reputation as a fiscal conservative.

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NJ Lawmakers Reach a Deal on State-Backed Road Projects

Monday, October 04, 2010

New Jersey legislators approved a $1.7 billion bond deal on Monday that should send thousands of construction workers back to their jobs.

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Flooding in Tunnel Shuts Down 1, 2, 3 Lines

Friday, October 01, 2010

A subway line on Manhattan's Upper West Side was suspended for an hour and a half during this morning's rush hour because of heavy rain.

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Major Weekend Subway Delays to Continue

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Expect another weekend of delays, diversions, backtracking and shuttle buses if you're taking the subway.  New York City Transit says 16 of the 19 weekend lines will be disrupted as contractors rush to complete construction work.

WNYC wants to hear about your weekend subway experience. Just text "SUBWAY" TO 30644 and record your stories about getting around this weekend.

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Stewart Airport Readies for International Passengers

Thursday, September 30, 2010

WNYC

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking steps to attract more international passengers to Stewart Airport in the Hudson Valley.

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Non-Westway Turns 25

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Advocates for the environment and mass transit say Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of the defeat of Westway.

It was on September 30th, 1985, when the federal government allowed New York to use more than a billion dollars slated for a proposed expressway along Manhattan's West Side for mass transit instead.

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Ratner Abandons 10-Year Timeline for Atlantic Yards

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Developer Bruce Ratner said Tuesday morning what many of his critics and even some of his associates have been saying for years: there is no way the entire Atlantic Yards project will be done in 10 years.

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NYC Subway's 6-Foot Futuristic Intercoms

Monday, September 27, 2010

They won’t be able to sell you a MetroCard, but New York's  next generation of subway intercom will be able to replace some of the functions of the 450-odd station agents that were recently laid off due to budget restraints--and add some new ones.

The new intercoms—a prototype was rolled out during an MTA board committee  meeting Monday—will be hard to miss, located in sleek, 6-foot-high columns that are tinged with blue.

Over the next two years, the MTA expects to install thousands of them in each of the city’s 468 subway stations.

Tom Prendergast, the president of New York City Transit, an MTA subsidiary, says the new intercoms weren't planned as replacement for the station agents laid off earlier this year. For one, he said the intercoms will be much more ubiquitous than agents ever were, spread out along train platforms every 200 feet or less, as well as in passageways and outside turnstiles.  

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MTA Unveils Plans For New Intercom System

Monday, September 27, 2010

The MTA is planning to install thousands of columns throughout its subway stations that riders can use to report emergencies or ask for travel information.

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Progress at the World Trade Center

Friday, September 10, 2010

The memorial observance is taking place in Zuccotti Park, kitty corner from the World Trade Center site. This past year, the site has gone through a dramatic transformation as structures have finally started emerging from the ground. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has the latest on the progress of the rebuilding.

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