Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

New York Senate to Grill MTA Officials on Billions in Federal Relief Aid It's Received

Sunday, September 26, 2021

This year the MTA avoided near catastrophic service and job cuts thanks to federal relief. Now the State Senate wants to make sure the transit agency is spending that money wisely.

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MTA Tallies Up $100M in Damage from Ida, Seeks to Work with City to Shore up Stations

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The MTA says it's looking for new ways to avoid flooding in the subway, following record breaking rainfall from Hurricane Ida's remnants earlier this month.

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Reckless Drivers Are Still on the Road

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Last weekend a 3-month-old infant was killed in a crash in Brooklyn caused by a reckless driver with dozens of speeding tickets to his name. 

LaGuardia Air Train Could Be Most Expensive Transit Project in World Per Rider: Report

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The watchdog group Reinvent Albany says the AirTrain from eastern Queens to LaGuardia is expected to cost $2.1 billion —and will only serve about 6,000 riders a day.

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Widespread MTA Power Failure Blamed on Someone Pushing the Wrong Button

Friday, September 10, 2021

Last month's MTA power problem that caused nearly half the subway lines to go offline for over an hour - stranding hundreds of riders - may have been due to human error.

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City Launches Electric Vehicle Chargers At City Parking Garages

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

In an effort to address climate change by reducing vehicle emissions, New York City will add electric vehicle charging stations to city-owned parking garages.


9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART FOUR: See Something, Say Something

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The most ubiquitous crime-fighting phrase to emerge in the aftermath of September 11 almost never made it into the American vernacular.


Possibilities for Changes at the MTA with Governor Hochul

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul was on the job just five days before facing her first emergency. A power surge on Sunday caused widespread outages, leaving hundreds of riders stranded.

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MTA Blames Failure Sunday Night On Numerous Missteps of Its Own Making

Monday, August 30, 2021

Eight subway lines were shutdown for several hours Sunday night, after a power interruption. Early reports point to a failure at the MTA as the source of the problem.

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Gateway Project Lines Up Local Support, Ready for Big Federal Funds Request

Friday, August 27, 2021

Organizers of the Gateway project are ready to submit a major funding request to the federal government. It's the latest step to build a new Hudson rail tunnel.

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BQE Lanes Reduced in Downton Brooklyn Goes Into Effect Monday

Thursday, August 26, 2021

New York City officials are warning that starting Monday, drivers should expect more delays than usual on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  


MTA Reports Fewer Hot Car Complaints This Year

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As temperatures rise above ground, commuters often expect to step into the cool comforts of an air-conditioned subway. But it's so-called "hot car" season in the city.

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Another One of Cuomo Appointees, Linda Lacewell, Resigns

Friday, August 13, 2021

The fallout from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation continues. The head of New York's Department of Financial Services, Linda Lacewell, resigned Friday.

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What Cuomo’s Resignation Could Mean for Mass Transit and Infrastructure

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo prided himself on building things that would outlast him: bridges, airports, train stations. But he also made it hard for some transit leaders to do their jobs.

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Access-A-Ride Users Plead With MTA to Stop Shared Rides

Friday, August 06, 2021

In July the agency resumed trips with multiple passengers in its cars and vans. But riders and activists are raising new concerns over whether that's safe.

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City’s Plan For Deteriorating BQE Is to Make It Last for 20 More Years

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

The debate over what to do with the most crumbling part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway seems to have been settled, for now; the mayor has decided to delay a decision.


MTA Honors Disability Rights Fighter Edith Prentiss With a Plaque

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The MTA has decided to honor a disability rights advocate who died earlier this year, and was known for clashing with the agency over its lack of accessible subway stations. 

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Revel to Launch Electric Taxi Fleet in Manhattan After Winning City Approval

Monday, July 26, 2021

The moped share company plans to place 50 Tesla taxis on Manhattan streets by next month.


MTA Mask Force Hits The Subway, Public Radio Reporter Joins In

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Several times a year, the MTA dispatches volunteers give out free masks, which are required in subway stations, on trains and in buses.

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MTA Says No Fare Hikes Coming This Year

Monday, July 19, 2021

The MTA says it won't raise fares on subways, buses or the commuter rails this year. The agency hopes this encourages more riders to return.

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