Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

How the MTA's First Overnight Subway Shutdown Went

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

In an unprecedented move, the MTA closed the subways from one to five this morning. That was in order to do extensive cleaning of trains and stations.

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How to Get Around During Overnight Subway Shutdown

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The MTA is shuttering subway service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m in order to do more extensive cleaning. The radically new schedule will continue for the foreseeable future.

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MTA Prepares For Overnight Closures And Intensive Cleaning

Monday, May 04, 2020

The MTA is preparing for the end of 24-hour service starting early Wednesday morning. 

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MTA to Shutdown Overnight Service from 1 A.M. to 5 A.M. Starting May 6

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The MTA will shutdown each night in order to clean subway cars and stations. This comes as the pandemic continues and the MTA faces pressure to its homeless problem

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Amid Pandemic, MTA Takes New Steps to Remove Homeless From Subways

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Under pressure from Governor Cuomo, the MTA is taking new steps to clean up the subways and remove people experiencing homelessness from the trains.

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MTA, Governor and Mayor Agree Homeless Need to Vacate Subways

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Transit officials are struggling with the number of people experiencing homelessness living on the subway. Advocates say the city needs to provide housing for them.

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Remembering MTA Train Tower Operator Darryl Sweeney

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

“He really cared about his brothers and sisters at transit," recalls a fellow union leader. "He just wanted people to be treated with dignity and respect."

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Mayor de Blasio Flips, Agrees to Open 40 Miles of City Streets

Monday, April 27, 2020

The city plans to close at least 40 miles of streets to vehicular traffic starting in May to make room for pedestrians and cyclists.


City Council Pushes 75 Miles of Open Streets, But NYC Officials Say Not Gonna Happen

Friday, April 24, 2020

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is backing a bill to close 75 miles of streets for pedestrians and cyclists. It would create more outdoor space for people during the COVID-19 crisis. 


MTA Honors 83 Victims Of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The MTA board has approved $500,000 payments to families of workers who’ve died from COVID-19. At its monthly meeting, board members remembered some of the 83 transit workers lost. 


Remembering MTA Train Operator Darlisa Nesbitt

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Transit workers have been on the front lines of this pandemic. As a result, thousands have gotten sick. The MTA has seen more killed by COVID-19 than any other city agency.

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MTA Continues Work on 250 Construction Projects During COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

While most construction in New York has been halted, the MTA has continued working. With 250 projects underway.

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MTA Asks Feds for Another $4 Billion

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The MTA is asking the federal government for $4 billion to keep it running through the end of the year. This request is on top of the $4 billion it got already.

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MTA Staring Down a Bleak Financial Forecast

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Subway ridership is now down 93 percent as social distancing and businesses remain closed. And budget watchdogs are just beginning to tally up the losses for the MTA.

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MTA Offers Death Benefits to Families of Workers Killed By COVID-19

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

MTA leaders say the agency will pay $500,000 to the family of any worker who dies from COVID-19.

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MTA to Install Plexiglass Barriers at Bus Depots for Workers

Monday, April 13, 2020

In an effort to protect MTA bus workers from contracting COVID-19 at work, the agency is taking new measures.

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Long Island Railroad Cleaner's Biggest Worry is Still Bringing Coronavirus Home

Thursday, April 09, 2020

More than 40 MTA workers have died after contracting COVID-19, and more than a thousand are quarantined in their homes.

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After Overcrowding Issues, MTA to Add More Morning Train Service

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The city's  essential workers as well as MTA crews have complained about overcrowding on the subways and buses in recent weeks. In response, the MTA is making some changes.

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As Roads Clear Of Traffic, Speeding Increases

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Among the wailing of sirens on city streets, there’s another sound breaking the silence: loud and fast cars.

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Those Convicted of Sexual Assault on MTA Property Could Be Banned From Riding

Friday, April 03, 2020

Judges will soon be able to ban people convicted of sexual crimes on MTA property from using public transportation for up to three years. Same goes for those who assault transit workers.

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