Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

MTA Removes "Headknockers" From Penn Station

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

The MTA's $600 million renovation of Penn Station has begun, starting with the removal of low-hanging beams.


Two weeks after mayor launches Subway Safety Plan, problems persist

Thursday, March 03, 2022

It’s been nearly 2 weeks since the city and state launched a new multi-pronged effort to reduce crime in the subways, amid an uptick in assaults. It’s called the Subway Safety Plan.

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Hochul drops mask mandates for schools Wednesday, Adams will wait a few more days

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul is lifting the state's indoor mask mandate for schools starting Wednesday. But New York City students will have to wait a little longer.


OMNY farecapping pilot starts Monday, weekly unlimited passes after 12 trips

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Starting Monday subway and bus riders using the OMNY payment method who take 12 trips will be automatically upgraded to a weekly unlimited pass. 

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MTA rolls out new safety measures to keep riders safe

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The MTA said this week that it agreed to install protective barriers on platforms at three stations as part of a pilot but the agency also has more immediate ways to keep riders safe.

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Subway safety and screen doors

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

This week, the MTA and city and state officials launched a subway safety effort − and also announced a plan to pilot protective screen doors at three subway stations. 

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MTA to pilot protective doors on platforms at 3 stations after years of saying it can’t

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The MTA says it will install protective barriers on platforms at three stations. This comes after Michelle Go was fatally shoved into an oncoming train in Times Square.


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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