Matthew Schuerman

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Stringer Calls for Better Building Code Compliance

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nearly a year after a fire broke out in the former Deutsche Bank building, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling attention to almost 900 buildings in the city that do not follow the city's building code. While he doesn't say that's the reason the fire happened, Stringer thinks it's ...


City Agrees to Diverse Hiring for Willets Point Plan

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is promising that the future developer of Willets Point will hire minorities, women and Queens residents.

The announcement today is a step to build support for the $3 billion construction project that's facing stiff opposition from some Council members, who say the housing and office development will not ...


Port Authority Threatens to Block Landing Slot Auction

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Port Authority is threatening to block a plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at the region's three major airports. Under the proposal, which the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to put into practice by the end of President Bush's term, up to 10 percent of the airports' slots ...


Port Authority Moves Against Feds' Flight Auction Plan

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Port Authority is trying to block the federal government from auctioning off landing and departure slots at New York's three major airports.

The agency, which owns and operates LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty, formally proposed rules that would not allow any flights if they got their slots through a government ...


Evicted Brooklyn Businesses Suffer

Friday, August 01, 2008

The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn is finally having an impact, but for 57 percent of the small businesses it's not a good one. That's the finding of a survey by the Urban Justice Center and a grassroots group called FUREE. They say the wig emporiums and eclectic bookstores that ...


City Tries Closing Tunnel Lanes to Ease Accidents

Friday, August 01, 2008

If you can't get people to stop crossing against the light, then stop the cars from driving there instead.

That's the approach the city Department of Transportation will try out at the Park Avenue tunnel in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood.

The intersection of Park and 33rd Street has been the site of ...


Forum Focuses on Alternative Energy for NYC

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The City Council is sponsoring a panel at Hunter College this morning on how to get New York City to use more alternative energy. Councilman Dan Garodnick says one idea is to have property owners form "Solar Empowerment Zones" that would be modeled on business improvement districts.

GARODNICK: They could voluntarily ...


'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars without EZ Pass transponders, the ...


Questions Raised Over Financing Deals of New Yankees Stadium

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Yankees broke ground on their new stadium a year ago, but its financing details are still coming out. Yesterday, a state legislator criticized part of the agreement that gives city economic development officials a free luxury suite. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new Yankee Stadium is receiving more ...


Metrocard Machines Fixed, Transit Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NYC Transit says it has fixed a problem with its Metrocard vending machines that prevented thousands of riders from using their credit and debit cards over the past two days.

Officials say the machines were not communicating properly with the central processing system. If passengers were charged but did not receive ...


Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away from keeping our streets safe ...


Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church used to be, on the ...


Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Over ...


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 ...


MTA Budget Proposes 8 Percent Fare Hike

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MTA Executive Director Lee Sander presented the MTA board with his proposal to ask the state, city and riders for more money next year.

REPORTER: The proposal would include an 8 percent fare and toll hike and $300 million from city and state budgets.

For the most part, the board was sympathetic, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.