Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC 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. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

The MTA Wants to Increase Capital Spending, by Borrowing More

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The MTA voted to increase spending in its 2015-2019 Capital Plan by $5 billion. This comes as it's service is under fire for breakdowns and delays. But, there are doubters.

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Solving Commuting Woes at Penn Station and the MTA

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Public transportation in the city is at a near breaking point. Penn Station and the MTA have crumbling infrastructure. And the governors of both states have ideas about what to do.

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Amtrak Is Under Fire For Delays At New York's Penn Station

Sunday, May 21, 2017

After a month of breakdowns and delays at Penn Station, Amtrak will be making major repairs to tracks, but leaders from New York and New Jersey are calling on Amtrak to give up control of the station.

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A Better Sounding Subway

Monday, May 15, 2017

A little noted element of the new 2nd Ave. stations is how they sound. From the announcements to the platform, it's a different experience. And that's no accident.

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Staten Island Bus Service Struggles as Rezoning Looms

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

For many Staten Islanders, getting to work means catching a bus to the ferry, but some report the bus is often failing them.

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Gateway vs ARC: Matters of Timing and Funding

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The ARC tunnel under the Hudson would've been near completion now had construction begun. The Gateway Project will cost double and has a long way to go. But it has a bigger aim.

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Big Delays Coming as Amtrak Expedites Track Work

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Amtrak announced it plans to condense two to three year's worth of upgrades at Penn Station into several months. And commuters will be affected 

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After Stampede at Penn Station, Amtrak Police Point to Security Flaws

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Amtrak Police union says their officers lack modern radios, haven't been part of joint terrorism training in 10 years and have just five officers to cover Penn Station.

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Agencies Point Fingers as Penn Station Chaos Is Reviewed

Monday, April 17, 2017

Amtrak is blaming NJ Transit for Friday's train failure that left riders stranded for three hours. NJ Transit is blaming Amtrak. 

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Gateway Project Still Hoping for Federal Funding, But There's a Back Up Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gateway Program to add a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River is moving forward, despite a proposal by President Trump to do away with federal funding.

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Gas Spill Cleanup in Gravesend, Brooklyn Is Ongoing

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Officials said less than 20 percent of the diesel gas spilled in Gravesend, Brooklyn on March 30th has been cleaned up. 

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Wooden Ties — Like the Ones that Failed in Penn Station — are Nation's Norm

Friday, April 07, 2017

Monday's derailment at Penn Station was caused by weak, wooden railroad-ties that split the tracks. While wood is used across the U.S., would concrete have prevented this derailment?

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Amtrak Admits It Knew About Issues that Led to Penn Station Derailment

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Amtrak's CEO Wick Moorman admitted Thursday that old wood under the tracks caused this week's derailment, and that Amtrak was aware of the problem.

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Shootings, Blackouts and MetroCards: Here's What 40 Years of Data Says About the MTA

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

NYU began collecting data in 1975, "The bleakest year in New York's history."

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Alternate Side in Effect? Car Still Stuck? City Says Move It

Monday, March 20, 2017

Drivers say it's unfair to have to move their cars when so many spots are filled with snow. But the city says it can’t remove all the snow until drivers move their cars.  

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MTA Fares are Going up — Here's the Breakdown

Friday, March 17, 2017

A single ride will remain at $2.75, but the 7-day is going up $1, and monthly passes will increase to $121. The MTA says it's the lowest fare increase since 2009.

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About That Other Port Authority Bus Terminal

Friday, March 17, 2017

The bus station at the foot of the George Washington Bridge has been under construction for years. It was supposed to reopen in 2015, along with new retail space. It hasn't happened.

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Up or Down? When It Comes to Wipers, There's Snow Consensus

Friday, March 17, 2017

Walk the streets before a snowstorm, and you'll probably see cars with their windshield wipers pointing up. But does this time-honored technique actually make sense? 

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Budget Watchdog Warns de Blasio on Taxi Medallion Money

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Taxi medallions once fetched a million dollars on the open market, but are worth less than half that now. Yet the mayor's latest budget includes $1.2 billion from medallion sales.

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Ride Sharing Apps Are Contributing to Congestion in the City, New Report Finds

Monday, February 27, 2017

The same author that once advised the city that Uber and Lyft weren't contributing to congestion now finds ride sharing apps are probably responsible.

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