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:

Revel to Launch Electric Taxi Fleet in Manhattan After Winning City Approval

Monday, July 26, 2021

The moped share company plans to place 50 Tesla taxis on Manhattan streets by next month.


MTA Mask Force Hits The Subway, Public Radio Reporter Joins In

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Several times a year, the MTA dispatches volunteers give out free masks, which are required in subway stations, on trains and in buses.

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MTA Says No Fare Hikes Coming This Year

Monday, July 19, 2021

The MTA says it won't raise fares on subways, buses or the commuter rails this year. The agency hopes this encourages more riders to return.

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MTA Looks to Aquire More Properties For Second Avenue Subway Phase Two

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The MTA is moving forward with plans to extend the Second Avenue subway line into East Harlem. This week the agency will ask the board to approve more land acquisitions.

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Mask Compliance Drops on Subway: MTA Survey

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The mask mandate has dropped for many public places in New York, even though it remains in effect on mass transit. But many subway riders don't seem to realize that.

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Mayor de Blasio Hopes to Push Congestion Pricing Forward

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mayor de Blasio is hoping to pressure the MTA to move forward with its congestion pricing program.

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Gateway Project Waits for New York State to Fully Commit, As Delays Mount Again

Monday, July 12, 2021

Officials say the aging Hudson River Tunnels are causing delays again. But it's still unclear how committed New York State is to funding its share of the Gateway Project.  

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What Happened to the Subways During Thursday's Deluge

Friday, July 09, 2021

Subway stations saw rain cascading down steps, water shoot up through manhole covers, and one woman wading through waist-high water to catch a subway during Thursday's storm.

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Advocates Call for Public Hearings Before Approving MTA Leadership Changes

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

By the end of the month, the Chairman of the MTA is leaving, but it still isn’t clear who will replace him. Now, advocates are calling for a public hearing to discuss the issue.

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Gateway Project Gets Back on Track

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

WNYC transportation reporter Stephen Nessen on the second pair of rail tunnels proposed for under the Hudson River.

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First Chance for Public to Weigh in on New Bus Terminal Plans is This Week

Thursday, June 17, 2021

For the first time, the public will have a chance to weigh in on the latest plans for a new Port Authority bus terminal in midtown. 

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MTA Has Been in a ‘State of Emergency’ For Four Years

Thursday, June 17, 2021

This month marks the fourth year that the MTA has been in a so-called state of emergency. Government watchdogs say it's time for Governor Cuomo to rescind it.

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City's Fair Fares Program May Fall Short of Funds This Year

Friday, June 11, 2021

The city’s discount transit ticket program, Fair Fares, is getting a boost in this year’s budget. But it may not be enough to meet the new demand.

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Revel Hopes of Launching Tesla Taxis on NYC Streets Look Dim

Monday, June 07, 2021

The company that operates the blue moped sharing program in the city wants to get into the app-based taxi business with electric vehicles. But the city doesn't seem to want them.

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Revel Claims City Is Blocking Its Push to Put Tesla Taxis on Streets

Monday, June 07, 2021

As COVID restrictions continue to lift and the demand for taxis is increasing, Revel is hoping to break into the e-hail taxi market. 


MTA Reports Cyber Attack, But No Disruptions or Data Lost

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

The MTA says it was among several organizations hacked on April 20. The intrusion, which reportedly has links to China, was first covered by the New York Times, and caused no damage.

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Gateway Project Clears Major Federal Hurdle, Only to Face Blowback from Cuomo

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Biden Administration lifts a Trump roadblock. But now the governor is causing problems.

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Construction Complete on East Side Access Project, Opening to the Public in 2022

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Governor Cuomo and the MTA say major construction is completed on the 15-year long, $11 billion project known as East Side Access. 

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Critics Claim MTA’s Survey, Used to Justify More Police, Overplayed Riders’ Fears

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The MTA has been arguing more police are needed in the subway based on a survey of riders' concerns. But critics are questioning those findings.

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Latest MTA Reports Show It's Hiring More MTA Police Again

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The MTA has been asking the city to increase the number of NYPD officers that patrol the subways amid a spike in assaults underground. The city has, but says the MTA should too.

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