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Labor Deal for Bus and Subway Workers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WNYC

After two years of occasionally rancorous negotiations, the MTA and the union representing 34,000 transit workers have announced a tentative deal to give the rank-and-file 2 percent raises in each of the next three years. That's on top of a retroactive 1 percent raise that covers the last two years.

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WNYC News

MTA Warns Riders: Beware of Skimmers!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The MTA is putting riders on alert after a customer discovered a skimming device at a MetroCard vending machine at the 59th St/Columbus Circle station. So if you swiped your card at the station anytime in the past couple of days, you should check your bill.

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WNYC News

Subway Ad Controversy Resurfaces, This Time Salaciously

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

WNYC

For the second time in two years, the MTA is taking a fresh look at its advertising standards. The move follows an objection from the Cuomo Administration to subway ads for breast augmentation.

The first controversy occurred in late 2012, when a so-called "issue ad" by a political group equated ...

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Transportation Nation

Sleep Disorders + Shift Work = Danger

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The sleep disorder known as sleep apnea is a problem across the transportation industry, not just for the engineer at the controls during Metro-North's fatal derailment in December. But sleep problems may be endemic to the job.

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Transportation Nation

G Train Faces Summer Shutdown

Friday, April 04, 2014

Sandy is the gift that keeps on giving for the New York City subway system. The G train won't run between Brooklyn and Queens for five weeks this summer so the MTA can finish repairing massive damage caused by the storm.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Subway is Packed. Now What?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Subway ridership hasn't been this high since 1949. Turns out, a lot has happened in the past 65 years that has implications for service, repairs, and those crowded cars.

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Transportation Nation

Subway Ridership Hits 65-Year High

Monday, March 24, 2014

WNYC

More people rode New York City's subways last year than any time since 1949 — and Brooklyn is one of the reasons for the boom.

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Transportation Nation

Following Building Collapse, Metro-North Service Now Running In and Out of Grand Central

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

(Updated 5:20) All Metro-North service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines to and from Grand Central Terminal has been fully restored.

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Transportation Nation

Metro-North Track Worker Killed; NTSB Investigating

Monday, March 10, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to New York following the death of a Metro-North track worker early Monday morning. The incident brings further scrutiny to the transit agency, which has suffered a series of devastating episodes in the past year alone.

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Transportation Nation

Brooklyn Residents Want a Discount on Verrazano Tolls, Too

Friday, March 07, 2014

Now that the MTA has agreed to give Staten Island residents a toll cut, everyone wants in on the action.

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Transportation Nation

City Vague on Traffic Safety Price Tag

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Officials admitted that making city streets safer will almost certainly cost money. But when the City Council asked for details on that spending at Thursday's budget hearing, details were few -- despite the fact that several city agencies say it's full speed ahead on Vision Zero. 

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WNYC News

Shooting of Cop Linked to Troubled Bus Line

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WNYC

The shooting of a police officer is linked to a bus line that has problems.

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Transportation Nation

Past Transit Chief Pleads with MTA Board Against Toll Cut—in Vain

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WNYC

Richard Ravitch says the MTA is hurting for revenue—and giving some back might be against the law.

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Transportation Nation

Real-Time Bus Arrival Info Coming to Brooklyn and Queens Next Month

Monday, February 24, 2014

New York City's two most populous boroughs will get Bus Time on March 9th, completing the installation of  the MTA's live bus tracking system citywide.

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Transportation Nation

Long Island Rail Road Labor Talks Reach Heated Words Phase

Friday, February 21, 2014

WNYC

Long Island Rail Road workers will not be going on strike in March, as had been threatened. But workers could walk off their jobs on July 20th if talks with the MTA remain at an impasse.

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Transportation Nation

NTSB to Metro-North: Put Cameras on Train Operators

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating December's deadly Metro-North derailment, is recommending the MTA install cameras in train cabs and make its speed limit signage permanent.

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Transportation Nation

Come On and Touch Me: MTA Rolls Out Interactive Info Screens

Friday, February 14, 2014

The MTA's long-awaited touchscreen maps are being installed at key stations throughout the subway system—and now 18 of them are at Grand Central Terminal.

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Transportation Nation

Spotted: Outlaw Subway Signs To Ease Riders Through The Labyrinth

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's a high-order skill of the veteran NYC straphanger: boarding a subway train at the exact car and door that will disgorge you at the other end, close to your connecting train or station exit.

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Transportation Nation

How Has Cuomo Short-Changed Transit? Let Us Count The Ways

Friday, February 07, 2014

WNYC

Drivers are no doubt toasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to lower tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from $6 to $5.50 per round trip for E-Z Pass users. But it's also the latest move by Cuomo to take money from mass transit.

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Transportation Nation

MTA's Biggest Projects Over Budget and Behind Schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been drawing negative headlines and scrutiny because of recent performance problems, including last Thursday's evening rush hour power failure and last December's fatal derailment. But that's not all.

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