Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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After years of delays construction expected to begin on new Portal North Bridge

Monday, August 01, 2022

Construction is expected to begin soon on the Portal North Bridge. That’s a notorious chokepoint for NJ Transit and Amtrak over the Hackensack River.

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Penn Station project moves forward after key vote, but many hurdles remain

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Plans to build a new Penn Station and redevelop the surrounding neighborhood are slowly moving forward after a key approval by a state board Wednesday.

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Penn Station project gets key approval by NY state board, moves to next phase

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The governor’s plan to redevelop Penn Station and the surrounding midtown neighborhood got a key approval today. The $22 billion project still has many more twists ahead.

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MTA braces for future shortfalls due to ongoing low ridership

Monday, July 25, 2022

The MTA is expected to run out of money to operate the trains and buses earlier than it had anticipated. And its not likely to see ridership return to pre-pandemic levels soon.

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Key vote on Penn Station moves forward even as key questions remain unanswered

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The agency overseeing the Penn Station redevelopment project is holding a key vote Thursday. It’s likely to approve what will be the city’s largest renovation project in modern history.

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Penn Station Revamp 'Financial Framework' and Other Transit News

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Stephen Nessen on the funding plans for Penn Station, and more.

NYC and state agree on funding framework for Penn Station, even as questions remain

Monday, July 18, 2022

The city and state say they’ve come to an agreement on plans to redevelop Penn Station and the surrounding midtown neighborhood. But key details are still missing.

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Lawmakers, advocates call for Hochul to give up control of Penn Station project

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

More and more politicians are calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to relinquish control of the multi-million-dollar Penn Station renewal project. 

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Challenge of cracking down on covered license plates when law enforcement breaks the rules

Friday, July 08, 2022

Last week the NYPD announced it will be working with law enforcement officials across the state to conduct a sustained crackdown on people who cover their plates to evade tolls. 

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Full alternate side parking rules in effect after 2-year hiatus, and residents tired of “walking in filth” are ok with it

Friday, July 01, 2022

Two years ago, the city cut the number of alternate side parking days on some residential streets in half. On Tuesday, it's being restored so those streets can be cleaned twice a week.


MTA’s congestion pricing program, back on track, again

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The MTA says its congestion pricing program is back on track after federal officials delayed approval of a routine environmental assessment for months.

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Feds possibly slowing MTA’s congestion pricing to avoid future trouble

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

It’s been three years since a plan to charge drivers that enter Manhattan below 60th Street won approval in Albany, but it's still not up and running.

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A LIRR Transit Update with Stephen Nessen

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

WNYC transit reporter Stephen Nessen catches us up on the latest on the Grand Central Madison project, which will connect LIRR to the east side of Manhattan.

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Despite return of weekend riders, MTA Insists weekend disruptions are still best time to get work done

Friday, May 27, 2022

Getting around by subway this Memorial Day weekend may be tricky. The MTA is doing track and signal work that’s impacting nine lines. 

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MTA releases report on how it'll prevent track intrusions

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The number of people trespassing on subway tracks has ticked up for the past three years. This week the MTA put out a report outlining how it plans to prevent track intrusions.


Many New Yorkers don't feel like "suckers" when they see fare evasion, they feel something else

Monday, May 23, 2022

In the MTA’s ongoing efforts to address fare evasion, the Chairman of the MTA, Janno Lieber, has recently taken a new tack: appealing to riders’ morality.

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40 years of Jamel Shabazz street photography gets personal in new Bronx exhibit

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A new exhibit of Jamel Shabazz’s images at the Bronx Museum of the Arts provides a window into the mind of one of New York’s finest artists.

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NYC Transportation Roundup

Monday, April 25, 2022

WNYC's transportation reporter Stephen Nessen joins with the latest news about the city's subways.

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Updates on the Brooklyn Subway Shooting

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

WNYC's Stephen Nessen updates the latest on the 36th St subway station shooting.

Multiple people shot at NYC subway station in morning rush hour

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

At least 5 people were shot in a Brooklyn subway station during morning rush hour. Authorities said they were still looking for a suspect — a man wearing an orange construction vest.