Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg Resigns

Monday, November 23, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio's commissioner for transportation Polly Trottenberg has resigned.

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With No Federal Relief Aid In Sight, MTA Presents Doomsday Budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The MTA says next year's budget will slash both service and jobs, and include fare and toll hikes. With no federal aid in sight, time is running out.

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MTA Workers Worry About Second Wave of Coronavirus Amid Upticks in Positive Tests

Sunday, November 15, 2020

As COVID infections increase in much of the region, essential workers, particularly transit workers, are worried about a second wave.


Advocates Rally Behind New Plan for Saving Yellow Cab Industry

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Taxi drivers rallied at City Hall Thursday, to send a message. They want the city to support a new plan that would help medallion owners with loans drivers say are impossible to pay off.


MTA Creates Four New Positions for Pregnant Workers After Nightmare Miscarriage

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The MTA has agreed to set aside some jobs for pregnant transit workers. The agreement comes months after a transit worker lost a her baby while working on the job.

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With Biden Win, MTA Isn't In The Clear Yet

Monday, November 09, 2020

The MTA is hopeful that president-elect Joe Biden’s administration will help it recover from pandemic-related losses. But watchdogs are wary.

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Protests Met With Heavy NYPD Force For Second Consecutive Night

Friday, November 06, 2020

Protesters took to the streets for another night in New York and were once again met with a strong show of police force.


Crime Is Down Underground But Not As Much As It Should Be Given The Dramatic Drop In Ridership

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

As straphangers return underground, headline grabbing crimes may deter some from riding the subways. 

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MTA Says NYPD Has Decreased Presence in Subways And That's Led To Brazen Crimes

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

MTA leadership says they’re worried that NYPD officers aren't patrolling the subways enough. They say a stronger police presence could've prevented recent crimes.

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116 Years of Manspreading, Hot Platforms, and The Most Incredible Subway System in the World

Monday, October 26, 2020

The city's subway system turns 116 years old Tuesday, and while a lot has changed since 1904, a lot remains the same. Author John Morris breaks down how far we've come. 

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New Research Finds a Quarter of MTA Workers Surveyed Tested Positive for Covid-19 or Antibodies

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A new NYU study of transit workers found that nearly 25 percent of those surveyed tested positive for COVID 19 or had antibodies.

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MTA Releases New Digital Subway Map with Real Time Updates

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New digital subway map is supposed to make a straphangers life much easier.

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Without Federal Aid, NY State Comptroller Predicts "End Of Public Transit As We Have Known It"

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

New York top fiscal watchdog is sounding the alarm about the MTA’s future. The State Comptroller’s annual report finds mass transit will be severely cut if no federal aid comes soon.

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How Trump Squandered Progress on Gateway

Monday, October 12, 2020

Trump promised to spend trillions on infrastructure, but Gateway, the most important project in the tri-state area, maybe the country, still hasn’t really gotten off the ground.

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Fond Farewell Over the MTA's Old School Phone Line

Monday, October 05, 2020

When something happens in the subways, a message is broadcast over a phone line called the Six Wire. And when one of its workers retires, the line is used for a farewell.

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The Future of the MTA Rests on a $12 Billion Grant from the Federal Government

Monday, September 28, 2020

The MTA needs $12 billion to get through the next year, or it says it will have to resort to massive cuts in service, fare hikes, and layoffs. And there’s no sign the money is coming.

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MTA Honors Subway Hero Who Caught Caught Man Accused of Causing Derailment

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Manhattan straphanger has received the MTA's "highest civilian honor": free rides for a year. Rikien Wilder, caught the alleged culprit who caused a train derailment Sunday.

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After MTA Worker Loses Baby and Sues, Changes Coming for Pregnant Workers

Monday, September 21, 2020

Nearly 20 percent of the MTA’s subway and bus workers are women, but when they get pregnant, the MTA can be slow to accommodate them. This has led to multiple complaints and lawsuits.

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Activists Pressure MTA To Fire Two Employees For "Hateful Actions"

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Black Lives Matter protesters say two men in a dark SUV tried to run them over during protests in July. The men are public employees; they work for the MTA. 

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MTA Prepares for Major Cuts if Federal Relief Aid Doesn't Come Soon

Friday, August 28, 2020

New York's transit system has weathered the Great Depression, the attacks of 9/11 and more, but the current global pandemic is having the most devastating effect of any disaster. 

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