Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

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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NY Lawmakers Legalize E-Bikes

Thursday, April 02, 2020

State lawmakers have approved legislation that makes electric bikes and scooters legal. 


The MTA During COVID-19: Nine MTA Workers Have Died, Overcrowding Concerns, and Now Fewer Trains

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The MTA has continued to operate, but after nine workers died from COVID-19, and nearly 600 have tested positive, there's a shortage of workers.

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One Dead, Dozens Injured in NYC Subway Fire

Friday, March 27, 2020

Officials are still searching for who’s responsible for starting a fire this morning on a subway car that killed the conductor and injured more than a dozen people.


Port Authority Reports 23 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19, Ridership Plummets

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says 23 of its 7,000 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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City Recruits Taxi Drivers To Make Home Deliveries

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The city is recruiting under-worked taxi drivers to help deliver food to New Yorkers who can’t or shouldn’t leave their homes.


C Line Shuts Down in Effort to Protect MTA Workers Exposure to COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

The MTA has pledged to continue running regular service during the pandemic in an effort to get essential workers to work, but when MTA workers test positive, lines can be shut down.


The MTA Facing 'Financial Calamity'

Friday, March 20, 2020

WNYC's Stephen Nessen on the transit system's finanicial straits -- and the breaking news of Gov. Cuomo's "PAUSE" order

Bike Sales Booming As Public Transit Ridership Plummets

Thursday, March 19, 2020

In the current COVID-19 landscape, bike shops are seeing a boost in business.


MTA Continues Running Regular Service, Despite Plummeting Ridership

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The MTA is running regular bus and train service as part of the state response to Covid-19.

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Struggling Taxi Drivers Call for Help

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A group representing taxi drivers is calling on the city and state to step in provide immediate assistance.


MTA Asks Feds for $4 Billion Bailout

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The MTA says it’s facing a financial calamity and is asking for a federal bailout.