Wednesday, January 25, 2012
(New York, NY -- Brian Zumhagen, WNYC) Nancy Shevell has stepped down from the MTA board, where she had served since 2001. Shevell, who gained prominence when she married former Beatle Paul McCartney last October, is also an executive with her family's trucking company, and a Republican party fundraiser.
"In my 30-year professional career, this has been the absolute highlight for me, being able to serve on this board," Shevell told the board in her final meeting today.
In her farewell comments before the panel this morning, she also had kind words for Joe Lhota, who was running his first board meeting as MTA chairman. Lhota also announced the departure of Pat Foye, who resigned from his seat on the MTA board when he was appointed as executive director of the Port Authority.
The departures create two new openings for Governor Andrew Cuomo to fill.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Nancy Shevell, wife of Paul McCartney, announced on Wednesday that she will step down from her post on MTA board.
TN MOVING STORIES: Purple Line Gets Green Light, Manhattan Gas Stations on the Wane, and Paul McCartney Marries MTA Board Member Nancy Shevell
Monday, October 10, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Accident investigations: what happens during Houston highway shutdowns. (Link)
Montana rolls out a statewide program to crack down on drunk drivers. (Link)
Maryland gets the green light to continue planning for the Purple Line -- a 16-mile light rail line that would link two Metro lines, connect all three MARC commuter rail lines, and link to Amtrak and local bus services. (WAMU)
NY's MTA will run less trains on "minor holidays," which it says will save the agency $200,000 a year. (New York Post)
There are 17 fewer gas stations in Manhattan today than there were two years ago. (Crain's New York)
NY MTA board member Nancy Shevell married Paul McCartney. (ABC News)
Bus ridership in Sioux Falls is up -- and the mayor says it's due, in part, to big city transplants. "They are used to using public transit. It is the wave of the future. We are still a city and state that loves our trucks and cars, but reality is setting in," he said. "Public transportation is going to be a central need for our future." (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
Los Angeles traffic policy turns some side streets into pedestrian nightmares. (Los Angeles Times)
Chicago Tribune op-ed: absenteeism is the reason your buses are late.
This week in the New York Times Complaint Box: electric delivery bikes.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Okay, we don't like to make unnecessary jabs for typos, because, hey, we've been known to have a few of our own. But this one is irresistible, because, as we've reported, the New York MTA board member Nancy Shevell is engaged to the former Beatle, which has got to be the highest profile engagement of any MTA board member anywhere in America.
So it caught our attention when the MTA sent out a press release with the subject line "Take Metro-North to Paul McCartnery -- yeah, yeah, yeah!"
The erstwhile teen heartthrob (is he still?) is kicking off his 2011 world tour at Yankee Stadium July 15 and 16. We wonder if his fiancée will take the train?
[As we've also reported, transit seems by far the most popular way to get to Yankee Stadium for any event -- as the garages built for the new stadium, with taxpayer subsidies, are failing.]
If you do want to take the train, here are the deets from the MTA:
Paul McCartney is launching his 2011 world tour "On the Run" at Yankee Stadium on July 15 & 16 and MTA Metro-North Railroad will provide direct service to the venue from all three lines. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Metro-North will operate a special schedule featuring direct service on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson Lines, as well as convenient shuttle service from Grand Central Terminal and Harlem-125th Street Station, to the Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
On Friday, a Yankee Clipper will depart New Haven at 4:45 p.m. and arrive at 6:20 p.m. and on the Harlem Line, a Yankee Clipper will depart Southeast at 3:58 p.m. and arrive at the venue at 5:20 p.m. On the Hudson Line, there is normal Bronx local service to the Yankees-East 153rd Street station.
On Saturday, special direct trains depart New Haven at 4:46 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. arriving at 6:24 p.m. and 6:57 p.m. respectively. There also will be an all-stop local departing Stamford at 5:45 p.m. arriving 6:43 p.m. On the Harlem Line on Saturday direct trains depart Southeast at 4:38 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. arriving at 5:52 p.m. and 6:58 p.m. respectively. On the Hudson Line on Saturday an extra concert train will depart Poughkeepsie at 5:25 p.m. and arrive at the venue at 6:42 p.m.
After the concert, trains will depart 20-to-45 minutes after the concert ends, just as they do after Yankees home games. There will be two Harlem Line direct trains and four on the New Haven Line.
For more information about the Yankees-East 153rd Street Station and service, please click here.
For information on Free/Paid Parking at stations, please click here. Please note: Backpacks and other containers are not allowed into Yankee Stadium. Check the Yankees' website for a complete list of prohibited items.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
By Jim O'Grady
(New York, NY -Jim O'Grady, WNYC) For ten years, New York MTA Board member Nancy Shevell has been going to meetings at the authority's headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. This week, she attended her first meeting as the fiancee of singer Paul McCartney.
Maybe they were amazed, Ms. Shevell's fellow board members, to see her conducting business as usual as chairwoman of the bus operations committee after she became engaged to McCartney earlier this month.
The development has certainly sharpened the contrast between the two sides of Shevell's life. By night, she steps through swarms of paparazzi on her way to A-list events, the ex-Beatle on her arm. By day, she presides over discussions about the latest additions to the city's articulated bus fleet.
"At no charge to us?," she asked an MTA staffer who'd reported a manufacturer would be repairing defective seat brackets on a new set of buses. When told yes, she reacted procedurally: "OK, a motion...a second...all in favor...?"
Former New York Governor George Pataki appointed Shevell to the NY MTA board in 2001. She is vice president of New England Motor freight, her family’s trucking company in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Daily Mail, a British tabloid, calls her "the most glamorous trucking executive in the world."
The newspaper, along with other publications, also refers to her as a "millionairess."
She and her ex-husband Bruce Blakeman, who she divorced in 2009, have been major contributors to the Republican Party. Blakeman is a lawyer who's been been on the NY-NJ Port Authority board and was such an effective fundraiser that the party tapped him to run for New York state controller in 1998, a race he lost. He also ran unsuccessfully in 2010 against U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand.
Shevell's political contributions have leaned heavily Republican. Her list of favored candidates has included Alfonse D'Amato, Rudy Giuliani and the Republican National Committee. Pataki frequently appointed donors with that kind of track record to posts on public authorities.
Shevell began dating McCartney in 2007, when he saw her standing there at an event in the Hamptons, where they both have houses. He's a British knight so once they're married, the rules of etiquette will require her to be called Lady McCartney.
Her fellow MTA board members might need some time to get used to that. Like the one at the committee meeting who needed her attention so he yelled, "Hey, Nanc!" She replied, "Yes?" Just as she did to Sir Paul's wedding proposal, perhaps without the question mark.