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Matthew Schuerman

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Transit Riders Speak Their Minds

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn't even formally proposed a fare hike, but plenty of people are talking about it. WNYC caught a number of them at the West 4th Street subway station in Manhattan yesterday, after the news broke that the transit agency wants to raise tolls and fares by ...

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MTA Fares and Tolls Could Go Up Again

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to propose another fare and toll hike tomorrow. If approved, it would go into effect next July, making it only the second time in history when the city has seen two fare hikes in consecutive years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The agency started ...

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Paterson Dubious of MTA Fare Hike Plan

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is not convinced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to raise fares again.

Paterson, who appoints more members to the agency's board than anyone else, says the MTA needs to check its books again to see if there is any other way to balance its budget.

PATERSON: I don't think ...

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MTA Fare Hike Draws Stiff Criticism

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed 8 percent fare and toll hike has everyone talking and it hasn't even been officially unveiled yet. The 2009 budget proposal will be formally released tomorrow, but some of the details are already in the news. The agency says rising fuel costs and slumping real ...

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Subway Delays gets Worse: MTA

Monday, July 21, 2008

Subway delays have been steadily getting worse since the heyday of 2003, when 97 out of every 100 trains ran on time. Now that number has fallen to 91. But after years of complaining that they are being caused by track improvements, transit officials have found another explanation. WNYC's Matthew ...

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A Tour of MTA's East Side Access Tunnels

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access project reached its first goal post a couple of weeks ago: giant boring machines finished burrowing their way from 63rd Street and Second Avenue all the way to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman takes us on a tour of the two tunnels.

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MTA's East Side Project Makes Progress

Thursday, July 17, 2008

To shed light on one of it's deepest darkest projects, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took reporters on a tour of their East Side Access project; the underground tunnels that will link the Long Island Rail Road with Grand Central Terminal.

So far, the MTA has awarded about $1 billion worth of ...

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New Buildings Safety Measures Aims For Better Inter-Agency Communication

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Bloomberg administration unveiled 33 steps it's taking to make the demolition of buildings safer.

Many of them fix problems in communication between city agencies that may have contributed to last August's fatal fire at the Deutsche Bank building. Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says now the buildings department will give the ...

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Paterson Offers Nanotech Funding

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is promising IBM $140 million in tax breaks and grants to expand its nanotechnology operations--that is, the creation of extremely small electronic devices that function on a molecular level.

Under the Pataki administration, the state committed close to one billion dollars to make the capital region attractive to ...

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West Side Development May Stall Over Security

Monday, July 14, 2008

A key part of the redevelopment of Manhattan's Far West Side has hit a road block. A private developer may not be able to build an apartment complex because of security requirements imposed by the Port Authority. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: An 800-unit apartment complex called Hudson Mews was ...

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Ferrer Joins Willets Point Fight, For a Fee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Former mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer will join opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment plan at a public hearing in Queens this morning.

But his involvement comes with a catch: he will be getting paid for it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

In the battle over these 60 acres of junkyards, both sides ...

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Negotiations Resume in Concrete Strike

Monday, July 07, 2008

Negotiations between concrete producers and truck drivers resumed today after they broke down last week. In a joint statement, the concrete companies and the union said they "remain committed to reaching a fair and equitable agreement for all concerned."

More than 400 drivers, who are members of a Teamsters local, have ...

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A Breezy Commute

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A new ferry service for commuters to Manhattan started in Rockaway, Queens, in mid-May. It is the first of several ferry routes that Mayor Bloomberg has pledged to subsidize with city taxpayer funds. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman looks at how it's been going.

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Willets Point Redevelopment Crosses First Hurdle

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A Queens community board narrowly voted in favor of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to redevelop Willets Point. The roll call was 21 to 15 and came after midnight this morning. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there to witness it. He joins us this morning.

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Board Votes For Willets Point Development

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Bloomberg administration's proposal to redevelop Willets Point cleared its first hurdle - but just barely. After almost 50 people spoke at a public hearing, and by a vote of 21 to 15, the local community board voted in favor after a six-and-a-half hour meeting that lasted until past midnight.

Neil ...

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Delays Push Back WTC Rebuilding

Monday, June 30, 2008

The rebuilding of Ground Zero is not going to get done any time soon.

That's the message today from the Port Authority, which owns the site. It was two years ago when the agency promised to finish the World Trade Center memorial and the transit hub by the 10th anniversary of ...

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Port Authority Revising WTC Reconstruction Schedule, Calls Current Plan “Unrealistic”

Monday, June 30, 2008

After months of excavation delays and fines, the Port Authority finally conceded that its property, the World Trade Center site, is seriously behind schedule. So much so, that the agency is throwing out a schedule it announced less than two years ago.

At that time, the Port Authority said the 9/11 ...

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LMDC: More Delays for Demolition of Former Deutsche Bank Building

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The state official in charge of taking down the former Deutsche Bank tower says the structure is likely to remain standing into next year.

Avi Schick, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, estimated in January that the contaminated building would be dismantled by the end of the year. But at ...

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Current MTA Board Members Can Use Passes for "Official Business"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The MTA Board voted unanimously to take back the lifetime free EZ Passes from former board members after pressure from the governor, mayor and the attorney general.

REPORTER: However, they did so reluctantly. MTA chief executive Lee Sander says the free EZ Passes and commuter rail road passes paled in comparison ...

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Domino Sugar Sign Remains as Williamsburg Landmark

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Domino Sugar sign will be saved. That is what the developer of the Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is promising.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission today approved a proposal to turn the refinery into apartments.

The commission rejected an earlier design. This time, the developer reduced the proposed height of a ...

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