Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen covers transportation for the WNYC Newsroom. 

Since 2008, his work has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Read Stephen's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

MTA Allows Some Bus Windows to Open, Still Evaluating Subway Car Windows

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

In an effort to increase ventilation on city buses, the MTA is allowing drivers to open windows and roof hatches. But it can’t be done on all buses or trains.

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New Yorkers Get a Jump on Phase 3 Reopening Over the Weekend

Sunday, July 05, 2020

As the city moves into phase three of reopening Monday, many New Yorkers tired of being quarantined at home got a head start on outdoor activities over the weekend.

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MTA Installs PPE Vending Machines, But Riders Can Still Get it for Free

Thursday, July 02, 2020

The MTA has been rolling out new vending machines at 10 stations, stocked with personal protective equipment. But riders can still get most of these items for free.

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Three ‘Ribbon’ Bike & Pedestrian Bridges For NYC Are More Than A Coronavirus-Concocted Fantasy

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What happens when a bunch of traffic planners and engineers find themselves in the epicenter of a pandemic that brings their day jobs to a grinding halt? They start their dream projects.

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How Low Did Those NYPD Helicopters Go At Recent Protests?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

During the last few weeks of protests, NYPD helicopters have been a constant presence buzzing overhead. Flight data shows they've also been flying unusually low over crowds. 

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MTA's Inspector General Finds Homeless Outreach Efforts Failed

Monday, June 15, 2020

Recent efforts to help homeless people get out of the subway system and connect to services they need have been largely unsuccessful, according to a report from the MTA’s IG.

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First Week of Phase 1 Reopening Saw Uptick in Mass Transit Use

Friday, June 12, 2020

It’s the end of the first work week with Phase One reopening guidelines in effect for the city, and it saw a return of commuters to the subways and buses. 

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State Approves the City's Last Two MTA Board Members

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The city will finally have full representation on the MTA board after more than a year. That’s because the State Senate has confirmed the last two nominees this week.

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Cuomo Pushes for Infrastructure Upgrades Before State Fully Reopens

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Governor Cuomo wants to use the pandemic's effect on travel and outdoor activity to speed up infrastructure projects. 

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MTA Delays Plans to Hire New Police Officers, But Not Because of Recent Protests

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Amid calls for police reforms, the MTA is delaying its plan to hire more police officers. 

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First Day of MTA Reopening, Many Riders Still Pass on Masks

Monday, June 08, 2020

With Phase One of reopening in effect for New York City, the MTA expects more than one million riders could return to public transit.

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Protesters March in NYC for Ninth Straight Night

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Friday marked the ninth consecutive night of protests in New York City. 

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MTA to Pull Entire Fleet of R179s, Again, After De-Coupling Incident

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Early Wednesday morning an A train pulled into Chambers Street and two of the cars de-coupled. There were no injuries. But, the MTA is pulling all of these trains from service.

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As New York City Prepares to Open, No Plan for Managing More Cars

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

As the city prepares for the first phase of reopening, there's concern that cars will clog the streets because commuters fear using mass transit.

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MTA Prepares for Phase 1 Reopening and "Return" To Regular Service, With Caveats

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

As the city prepares for Phase One of reopening on Monday, the MTA has released its plan to return to regular service, with some caveats.

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MTA Bus Driver Navigates Protests to Deliver Essential Workers

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

When protests spread across the city, MTA bus routes often are disrupted. On Sunday one bus driver decided to stay on course.

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9 Weeks Of Weekend Work for Signal Upgrades Coming To F Line

Thursday, May 28, 2020

In spite of the New York region's shutdown, the MTA has been moving forward on hundreds of construction projects, with the latest set to start this weekend on the F Train.

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Gateway Program's Portal Bridge Replacement Gets Cash Infusion

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Portal Bridge in New Jersey used by NJ Transit and Amtrak is getting nearly $92 million in federal funds. 

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MTA Begins UV Light Pilot to Kill Coronavirus On Trains, Buses and In Stations

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The MTA is now experimenting with a way to kill the coronavirus on trains and buses using Ultra Violet light.

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Union Has Demands Before MTA Fully Reopens

Friday, May 15, 2020

As the MTA prepares to reopen the subways and restore service to pre-pandemic levels, the union representing subway and bus workers has a list of demands.

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