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.

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Grand Central Madison, 15 stories underground, saves LIRR riders little time compared to Penn Station commute

Friday, January 27, 2023

The new terminal is so far down that commuters must walk more than 11 minutes to get to the nearest subway platform.

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2023 Transit Update

Friday, January 27, 2023

WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen on everything going on with public transit this winter. 


NYC advocates fight 'ghost cars' with illegal license plates

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Since the spring, Mayor Adams has pledged to crack down on ghost cars. But a casual walk around the city reveals the problem is seemingly everywhere.


New plans to fix BQE in Brooklyn Heights revealed

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams thinks he has a solution to a crumbling stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights. 


'Conversational' seating to disappear on NYC subways as MTA buys new train cars

Monday, December 12, 2022

Next year, the MTA’s newest subway cars will start hitting the tracks. They‘ll feature the latest bells and whistles, and replace some of the oldest train cars.

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The MTA's Ongoing Financial Troubles

Monday, December 05, 2022

The MTA's budget troubles and coming fare and toll hikes.

Feds grant MTA a waiver for train safety at Grand Central Madison

Monday, November 28, 2022

Federal Railroad officials are allowing the MTA to open its newest terminal, even without having installed a key safety technology. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen reports.


MTA to install AI technology on buses to reduce breakdowns

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The MTA wants to harness the power of artificial intelligence to prevent its aging fleet of diesel buses from breaking down. 


City brings open streets to midtown for holidays

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

For three Sundays in December the city is closing 11 blocks in midtown on Fifth Avenue to traffic. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen reports it’s an Open Streets holiday edition.


Lawyer arrested for fixing a defaced license plate charged with criminal mischief

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

A lawyer was biking through Park Slope last week, when he stopped to remove a piece a plastic that was covering the rear license plate of a truck. 


Could Grand Army Plaza be Brooklyn’s next car-free space? The city’s department of transportation thinks so.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Imagine walking out of Prospect Park into a massive car-free pedestrian plaza? That’s exactly what the city’s Department of Transportation is considering.


New roads expected to reduce truck traffic in South Bronx

Monday, October 31, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul is touting the completion of a project to reduce emissions in the South Bronx. It’s a decades-in the making change to truck traffic to and from the Hunts Point market.


Subway safety is an election issue and problem for MTA’s finances. But just how dangerous is it to ride the rails?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Subway safety is a top concern among riders and a key issue in the race for governor. 

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10 years after Sandy, Hudson River tunnel just as vulnerable to flooding – and a fix isn’t coming until 2038

Monday, October 24, 2022

Most of the region has recovered from Hurricane Sandy, which hit 10 years ago. But there’s one place where the damage remains.


New tool breaks connects racial, health and transit disparities

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Neighborhoods that have the worst health and poverty, also tend to have more injuries from traffic. These finding come from a new online tool created by MIT and an advocacy group.


MTA faces $4.6 billion budget gap in just 4 years: state comptroller

Thursday, October 06, 2022

The fiscal watchdog's analysis found that the MTA's finances are even worse than the transit agency has previously said.

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New York and New Jersey state bills fuel ongoing feud over fees

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lawmakers from New York are in an ongoing battle over ticketing drivers from New Jersey. 


Mayor Adams’ pledge to build bike and bus lanes falling short

Monday, September 26, 2022

When Adams was campaigning for mayor, he set ambitious goals for building new bus and protected bike lanes. But nine months into his mayoralty, both goals appear already out of reach.

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Cameras in the Subway Cars

Friday, September 23, 2022

Gov. Hochul's plan to put cameras in every single subway car, the civil liberties concerns this has raised and how much crime is actually happening in the system.

Hochul’s ‘You do you’ guidance ending mask mandate rankles some disabled New Yorkers

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Wearing a mask on New York City subways, buses and taxis is no longer required, but not everyone is cheering the change.