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 Expects Cost Savings from Labor Contract, Budget Watchdogs Have Doubts

Thursday, December 05, 2019

The MTA says its new contract with the Transport Workers Union will save the agency $44 million a year, but budget watchdogs say that's not much.

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MTA and Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The MTA and the Transport Worker's Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after six months of negotiations.

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Council Grills MTA On Fare Evasion, Homeless, And Hiring 500 New Cops

Monday, November 25, 2019

City Council members questioned the MTA's decision to hire 500 new police officers to patrol the subways. This comes as major crime in the transit system is down.

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Bus-Mounted Cameras Coming and Other Enforcement Coming to 14th Street Busway

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New bus-mounted cameras that ticket drivers caught blocking bus lanes on 14th Street will be turned on Thursday.

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MTA's Inspector General Faults Lack of Tile Expertise In Station Ceiling Collapse

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

MTA engineers didn't know enough about terra cotta tiles to prevent a chunk from falling last year, injuring one woman, according to the latest report from the agency's IG.

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When Weekend Service Repairs Reportedly Trapped a Train for Two Hours

Monday, November 18, 2019

It's a given that when the MTA uses weekend hours for track work that service will slow down, but rider Iva Dixit tells WNYC about a hellish Friday night commute.

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Subways at 115

Monday, October 28, 2019

The subway just turned 115. You're invited.

A Deadly Shooting Mars a Block Party Tradition in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The 56th annual Old Timers event was just wrapping up when gunfire broke out.

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E-Bikes and Electric Scooters Could Soon Be Legal in NY

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Plus, WNYC's transportation reporters ask for your ideas on how they should be covering cycling for We the Commuters. 

Weekend One: L Train Slow Down

Monday, April 29, 2019

The first weekend of the L-train slow down, and calls from riders.

Paying to Drive in Manhattan

Friday, April 05, 2019

Traffic in Manhattan is terrible, and the subway system isn’t much better. Will charging people a fee to drive below 60th Street fix both problems?

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Congestion Pricing Update

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Stephen Nessen on congestion pricing.

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With Albany Poised to Pass Congestion Pricing Here's What We Know

Friday, March 29, 2019

The New York legislature continues its budget negotiation in Albany, and a deal on congestion pricing is reportedly close to being finalized.

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New York City May Start Charging Drivers To Enter Most Congested Parts Of The City

Thursday, March 28, 2019

New York City could become the first major U.S. city to charge drivers a fee for entering the busiest parts the city. Similar congestion pricing programs have reduced traffic in London and Singapore.

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Subway Accessibility

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stephen Nessen on subway accessibility.

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Schumer Calls for Federal Investigation into MTA's Train Safety Botch

Sunday, March 03, 2019

He's asking federal officials to find out why the MTA allowed 4,000 pieces of faulty safety equipment to be installed.

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MTA Check-In: Fare Hikes, Congestion Pricing and L Train Plans

Friday, March 01, 2019

Checking in on the latest MTA news.

ICYMI: How L Train Repair Plans Switched Tracks, From Sandy To Today

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It was just last month the MTA abruptly announced the 15-month L train shutdown was cancelled after years of planning. 

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Power Restored To Brooklyn Jail Where Inmates Went A Week Without Heat

Monday, February 04, 2019

Many inmates had been on lockdown in cells without electricity or heat during days of bitter cold. "They're human beings," said the mother of one inmate.

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Amtrak, Metro-North Reach Deal on Bronx Expansion Plans

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

After a year-long stalemate, Amtrak and the MTA have agreed to move forward with four new train stations in the East Bronx.

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