Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
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.
Friday, September 24, 2010
(Wendy Siegle, KUHF - Houston) The Metropolitan Transit Authority in Houston posted its 2011 budget online today. It will be presented to the board in a public hearing on Monday. The proposed budget shows a 31 percent decrease from the 2010 spending plan. That's a difference of a whopping 430-million dollars.
Still, despite the drastic reduction, officials say customers won't feel the pinch: fares won't increase and services will remain intact. But Metro will have to do some significant trimming somewhere if it plans to stop operating in a deficit and on less than a billion dollars in the next fiscal year. But where to cut?
Monday, September 20, 2010
By Ailsa Chang
For the first time, the city police department now has instant access to almost 500 video cameras installed in New York's busiest subway stations. Cameras located above turnstiles, platforms and entrances at Times Square, Penn Station and Grand Central are now feeding into a police database being monitored 24 hours a day at a location near Wall Street.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
(Marketplace) A single ticket on the Paris Metro costs 1.70 euros -- about $2.15 at today's rate of exchange. Not bad as fares go for a major world-class city. But for some Metro riders in Paris, the actual amount isn't really the point. They don't want to pay at all. It's not about skipping out on the fare itself. It's about whether urban transit ought to cost anything to begin with. From down in the Paris Metro, John Laurenson reports.
TN Moving Stories: Student Athletes WON'T have to pay up, self-service airport scanners, and cell service to hit NYC subways.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Oregon transit takes away parking spaces from crowded park and ride garage -- and puts in 74 biking parking spots. Look at it this way, officials say: you haven't lost eight spots --you've gained 74 bike spots! (Oregon live)
Los Angeles Schools Chief, in reversal, says school athletes will NOT have to pay $24 towards transportation to sporting events. He'll find "other financial options" to foot the $650,000 bill. Good luck! (Los Angeles Times)
LaHood, Wisconisin Governor Doyle, get ready for "big announcement" on High Speed Rail Thursday. (Business Week).
The phone will be ringing off the hook: New York subway tunnels will also get wifi. (New York Daily News)
Self service "subway-style" scanners being tested at Houston airport. Bloomberg
Suburban Nassau county sues NYC MTA for bus funding. MTA says Nassau has been a deadbeat for a decade, Nassau says too bad, we're broke! Buses could go private. (Long Island Press)
And crosswalks lights from around the world art installation graces Lower Manhattan construction zone: (jaunted.com)
Thursday, July 08, 2010
(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Metro, the D.C. area's embattled transit agency, needs new rail cars. Bad.
A third of its fleet of more than 1,100 cars have been in use since Metro trains began running -- that was in 1976. Even before last year's deadly train crash, federal safety regulators declared these 34-year-old cars unsafe. Apparently, they are prone to severe "telescoping" - crumpling upon impact - when involved in a crash.
For years, Metro tried to replace these aging cars - as the National Transportation Safety Board had urged it to - but couldn't shore up the funding.
But in late May of this year,
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Kids are better off riding the subway than driving. A report by New York's health department shows that children are about half as likely to die as a result of injury in New York City as they are in the rest of America, mostly because they use public transportation. Traffic accidents are the leading cause fatal injuries in American children one to twelve years old. The report also called attention to disparities within city groups. Children in the highest income neighborhoods are less than half as likely to die from injuries as children in areas with the lowest incomes. - TN
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Even as a judge has temporarily blocked the layoffs of 475 Station Agents (the hearing is now set for Monday), the MTA's CFO Bob Foran announces the agency is cutting 1000 more positions, mostly in subway clean up. Way dirtier trains are on the way -- subway cars will be cleaned half as often, every round trip instead of every run.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thirty-six year old Scott Walker has played all over the National Hockey League -- Vancouver, Nashville, Raleigh. This year, the journeyman arrived on the Washington Capitals. He hoped he'd get another appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he did. But his wife and kids stayed behind, and kept the car in Raleigh. So how does Walker get to work? Takes the DC Metro, it turns out.
Below, Walker describes his first ride. Turns out DC's distance-based fare system flummoxed him a bit. When he got off the train near Verizon Center, where the Caps play, he had it easy though -- just follow all the jersey-wearing fans and you'll find your way to work, buddy.
This story doesn't have a happy ending, though: the Capitals were eliminated last night by Montreal, ending one of the most-hyped and star-studded runs at the Stanley Cup. Walker, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals have a hot DC summer to ride the train and think about what today is being called the "Capital Collapse."
Friday, April 23, 2010
(New York - Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) -- In the wake of a well-publicized double-stabbing in a Greenwich Village subway station last month, many hands were wrung about the woeful lack of security cameras in subways.
Turns out that New York's attempts to install security devices in subways have been fraught with questions from the beginning.
In the weeks after the London Underground bombing five years ago, New York City officials repeatedly hammered the region’s transit agency for being unprepared for a similar terrorist attack. Six weeks alter, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority responded with a massive $215 million dollar contract to Lockheed Martin.
But almost immediately, watchdogs and oversight officials began to wonder aloud whether Lockheed could deliver on a high-profile promise: installing cameras that could detect unattended bags on subway platforms.
Fast forward to 2010: Large portions of the contract have failed to deliver what was promised. MTA and Lockheed are fighting in court. And the zooming technology? Didn’t work, because it didn’t take into account the hundreds of people who would be passing in front of, behind, and next to that briefcase.
WNYC's Matthew Schuerman traces the history of the contract, from its original promise until today.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has some nice photos of the protest today -- sanctioned by Atlanta's transit system, MARTA -- putting big red "X"s on buses and train cars to visually represent cuts the system faces later this year.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
(New York - WNYC) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority here is letting go of 450 station agents this spring because of its budget crisis. There are many New Yorkers who wonder what these people were supposed to be doing anyway, considering that they stopped selling tokens years ago and ticket vending machines were installed instead.
But they are invaluable for parents who want to take their strollers through service gates, for tourists who need directions, and for subway riders who don’t want to use their credit cards in machines.
The people that station agents now serve are outliers who need a human touch in an increasingly mechanized transit system. But in a city of 8 million, it turns out there are a lot of outliers. They are slowly learning to adapt—but they aren’t happy about it. WNYC brings us a report from Matthew Schuerman and a photo essay from Stephen Nessen.
Monday, January 11, 2010
NEW YORK, NY January 11, 2010 —As the MTA considers making deep service cuts to deal with a nearly $400 million budget gap, elected officials from South Brooklyn are pushing back. Bay Ridge councilman Vincent Gentile wants the commuter tax reinstated.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
NEW YORK, NY December 17, 2009 —The MTA board has approved an austerity plan to close a nearly $400-million funding gap by eliminating the W and Z subway lines, and more than 20 bus routes.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NEW YORK, NY December 16, 2009 —As Yogi Berra would have said, it's deja vu all over again. Just seven months ago state lawmakers said they had rescued the MTA from a crippling deficit and riders from steep fare hikes and severe service cuts. But Dale Hemmerdinger, who was MTA chairman at the time, warned reporters a few days later it wouldn't be easy.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NEW YORK, NY December 16, 2009 —The board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have approved service cuts to the city's train and bus systems. The changes, intended to trim the MTA's budget, include cuts to student metrocards, as well as eliminating the W and Z subway lines and two dozen bus routes.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
NEW YORK, NY December 08, 2009 —The MTA is warning about new financial problems. The transportation authority says a new payroll tax on metropolitan-area businesses has generated less revenue than expected.
Friday, December 04, 2009