Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Adams and Hochul roll out new plan to increase subway safety, reduce homelessness

Friday, February 18, 2022

Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams joined forces to announce a new plan they say will make subways safer and address an ongoing mental health crisis in the city.

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Straphangers speak about subway safety, mental health a month after fatal shoving

Monday, February 14, 2022

Riders, city officials and advocates for unhoused populations describe how they’re approaching subway safety and dealing with the collective trauma from the Michelle Go tragedy. 


What's In the Box?

Friday, February 11, 2022

We invite our listeners to guess the mystery, news-related item.

Free fares could bring riders back to the MTA quicker, but at what cost?

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The MTA is still suffering from low ridership during the weekdays. What if the agency made riding free? 

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MTA clocks 3M riders, an omicron era record

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The subways broke a week-day ridership record for the first time since the wave of Omicron cases hit the city. The MTA clocked 3 million riders on Tuesday.

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Ticket to Ride: the MTA Pilots Fare Capping

Monday, February 07, 2022

Later this month the MTA will begin a four-month fare capping pilot for OMNY users. If successful, it could become permanent.


Final Traffic Tally Confirms 2021, Deadliest Year For Traffic Deaths Since 2013

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

273 people were killed by vehicles. 


MTA Continues to Run Reduced Subway Service Due to Crew Shortages

Monday, January 17, 2022

The last time subway riders took the B or W trains was the last week of December. The MTA say that's due to persistent staffing shortages related to the pandemic.


Feds Send MTA $6 Billion To Keep "Secret Sauce" Flowing

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The MTA received a $6 billion check today from the federal government, which officials say is coming just in time.

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Feds Nudge Second Avenue Subway Phase Two Closer to Construction Start

Friday, January 07, 2022

The federal government is giving the Second Avenue subway project approval to move to the final phase of planning. It’s one step away from shovels in the ground.

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MTA Reduces Service Amid Worker Shortage Due to Omicron Surge

Thursday, December 30, 2021

With New York setting daily coronavirus case records, many businesses and public agencies are facing a shortage of workers. That includes the MTA.

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As A Parting Gift, De Blasio Opens New NYC Ferry Landing In The Bronx

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

One of Mayor de Blasio’s final acts in office was to cut the ribbon at a ferry landing in the Bronx. During the mayor’s two terms he oversaw a costly expansion of ferries in the city.

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Opponents of Gov. Hochul's Penn Station Plans Plead to Spare Historic Sites in Midtown From Demolition

Monday, December 13, 2021

Governor Hochul is putting her spin on a proposal to develop midtown, but many people worry she’s making a historic mistake.

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First Hearing On Penn Station Redevelopment Since Gov. Hochul Got On Board

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Tonight, the public will get its first chance to weigh in on the state's $7 billion Penn Station redevelopment project since Gov. Kathy Hochul threw her support behind it.

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'Grading' Mayor de Blasio

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

WNYC reporters Elizabeth Kim, Jessica Gould, and Stephen Nessen review NYC Mayor de Blasio's accomplishments.

NYC's Program to Curb Dangerous Driving Is Underway

Sunday, December 05, 2021

The city estimates more than 5,000 people qualify for a course that deters reckless driving.

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MTA Continues to Use “Honor System” for Tracking Workers' Hours, Despite History of Abuse

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The MTA is spending over $30 million to upgrade its payroll system as part of an effort to crackdown on overtime abuse. A new report finds some employees still use the "honor system.”


Governor Hochul Pushes to Get Next Phase of 2nd Ave Subway Project Underway

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul says she hopes construction of the next phase of the Second Avenue Subway could get under way next year.   

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MTA Service Cuts And Fare Hikes Avoided, Thanks To Infrastructure Bill

Monday, November 15, 2021

The MTA will not move forward with a planned fare hike next spring or cut service over the next few years.


Hochul Backs Cuomo’s Penn Station Pet Project And Midtown Mega Project, With A Twist

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul wants to push forward a redesign of New York Penn Station and the blocks surrounding the commuter hub--putting her own signature on the project.

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