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:

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.


The MTA Goes Maskless

Thursday, September 08, 2022

On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the MTA would lift its mask mandate on the subway system. 

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Misconceptions about congestion pricing persist at public hearings

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

The MTA has wrapped up a series of six public hearings on congestion pricing. Here are the recurring misconceptions.


New Penn Station corridor opens with higher ceilings, fresher air

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

This week at Penn Station, the MTA opened a new concourse between 7th and 8th Avenues. It replaces the claustrophobic walkway Long Island Rail Road commuters have long endured.

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Cost of Gateway Project increases and completion date is pushed back

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Organizers of the Gateway Program -- charged with building a new tunnel and repairing the existing one under the Hudson River -- are revising the price tag and timeline for the project.


Congestion pricing could increase traffic outside the toll zone

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The MTA’s congestion pricing plan to toll vehicles that enter Manhattan below 60th Street could reduce traffic in the city, but the proposal could increase traffic in other places.

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Congestion Pricing Details

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Stephen Nessen, transportation reporter for WNYC, discusses the MTA's new environmental report about the proposal to toll cars entering Manhattan south of 60th St ("congestion pricing").

After years of delays construction expected to begin on new Portal North Bridge

Monday, August 01, 2022

Construction is expected to begin soon on the Portal North Bridge. That’s a notorious chokepoint for NJ Transit and Amtrak over the Hackensack River.

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Penn Station project moves forward after key vote, but many hurdles remain

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Plans to build a new Penn Station and redevelop the surrounding neighborhood are slowly moving forward after a key approval by a state board Wednesday.

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Penn Station project gets key approval by NY state board, moves to next phase

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The governor’s plan to redevelop Penn Station and the surrounding midtown neighborhood got a key approval today. The $22 billion project still has many more twists ahead.

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MTA braces for future shortfalls due to ongoing low ridership

Monday, July 25, 2022

The MTA is expected to run out of money to operate the trains and buses earlier than it had anticipated. And its not likely to see ridership return to pre-pandemic levels soon.

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Key vote on Penn Station moves forward even as key questions remain unanswered

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The agency overseeing the Penn Station redevelopment project is holding a key vote Thursday. It’s likely to approve what will be the city’s largest renovation project in modern history.

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Penn Station Revamp 'Financial Framework' and Other Transit News

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Stephen Nessen on the funding plans for Penn Station, and more.

NYC and state agree on funding framework for Penn Station, even as questions remain

Monday, July 18, 2022

The city and state say they’ve come to an agreement on plans to redevelop Penn Station and the surrounding midtown neighborhood. But key details are still missing.

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Lawmakers, advocates call for Hochul to give up control of Penn Station project

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

More and more politicians are calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to relinquish control of the multi-million-dollar Penn Station renewal project. 

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Challenge of cracking down on covered license plates when law enforcement breaks the rules

Friday, July 08, 2022

Last week the NYPD announced it will be working with law enforcement officials across the state to conduct a sustained crackdown on people who cover their plates to evade tolls. 

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Full alternate side parking rules in effect after 2-year hiatus, and residents tired of “walking in filth” are ok with it

Friday, July 01, 2022

Two years ago, the city cut the number of alternate side parking days on some residential streets in half. On Tuesday, it's being restored so those streets can be cleaned twice a week.