Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Labor and Business Groups Call for More NYPD Underground

Monday, April 26, 2021

An unusual alliance of labor, real estate and business groups has joined forces, calling on Mayor de Blasio to send more police to patrol the subways. 

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Asian New Yorkers Remain Fearful of Mass Transit

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The MTA is trying to lure people back to mass transit, but with the rise of anti-Asian violence in our region, some riders are questioning whether it's safe to use the subway.

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City to Launch E-Scooter Share Pilot in the Bronx This Summer

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The city is testing the program before allowing the standing scooters to operate in the rest of the city.

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Families That Received MTA’s $500K COVID Death Benefit Get Tax Shocker

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The MTA agreed to a generous death benefit for the families of transit workers that died of COVID. But now that it’s tax season, they're getting an unwelcome surprise.

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MTA and City Want to Change Zoning Code to Get Developers to Build More Subway Elevators

Friday, April 02, 2021

With a little more than a quarter of the subway system currently accessible, the MTA and the city are teaming up to encourage developers to build more elevators. 

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Biden's Infrastructure Plan Could Be a Boon to The Northeast

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

President Biden’s sweeping and costly infrastructure plan calls for spending $621 billion on transportation projects alone over eight years.

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Feds Give MTA Green LIght To Move Forward on Congestion Pricing Plans

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

After two years of delays from the Trump administration, the MTA has finally received the federal green light it needs to move forward with congestion pricing.

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MTA Triples Number of Surveillance Cameras During Pandemic, Amid Increase in Gruesome Crimes

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

After a spike in certain crimes last year, the MTA is speaking more openly about its surveillance cameras to reassure riders.

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MTA Still Running Heavily-Subsidized Express Bus Service Despite Few Riders

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The MTA has cut some subway and commuter rail service to adjust for a dramatic drop in ridership during the pandemic. But the agency's costly express buses are running with full service.

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Subway Speeds Increase at Nearly 300 Locations

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The ride on the subway has sped up at nearly 300 locations. That's because of the MTA's effort to fix and replace faulty signals that slow down trains.

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New Data Show New Yorkers From Low Income Neighborhoods Are Riding the Subways at Higher Levels Than Rest of City

Friday, March 19, 2021

New data from the State Comptroller confirms what many suspected; essential workers in neighborhoods with lower median incomes have been riding the subway more than others.

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Transit Workers Union Sues MTA Over Service Cuts on C and F

Thursday, March 18, 2021

By now, the MTA has restored most pandemic-related subway service as ridership ticks back up, but not on the C and F lines. The transit workers' union is suing the MTA over it.

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MTA Declines To Disclose Legal Cost Of Fighting Accessibility Lawsuits

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The MTA has been using outside counsel to fight six recent lawsuits over lack of accessibility in the subway. One of the plaintiffs wants to know how much this costs the agency.

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MTA Watchdogs Say More Meetings Can Be a Good Thing

Monday, March 15, 2021

The MTA has been holding its monthly board meetings remotely since the start of the pandemic. But, the transit agency has rolled what used to be two days of public meetings into one.

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Expected Federal Relief For MTA Will Avert "Drastic Service Cuts"

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

With the likely passage of President Biden’s $2 trillion dollar relief package, the MTA is expected to receive enough money to avoid draconian service cuts. 

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NYC Mayoral Candidates Attend First Ever Forum on Biking

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Bicycling in the city used to be a fringe issue in political campaigns, but it has taken on greater significance in this year's mayor's race.

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Challenge Issued to Next Mayor: Convert 25 Percent of Streets to Better Use

Friday, February 26, 2021

A group of more than 80 non-profit and advocacy groups is calling on the next mayor, city council and borough presidents to commit to converting 25 percent of street space.

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MTA's Inspector General Saves Agency $22M

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Her latest report indicates the pandemic has not slowed down efforts to root out fraud and find savings in the cash-strapped MTA.

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MTA Opens Second Vaccination Site for Employees

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

New York's transit agency has opened a second vaccination site just for its workforce, one that's been hit hard by COVID-19.

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Holocaust Survivors Get Priority For Vaccine in Brooklyn

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Jewish community center in Brooklyn organized a one-day vaccine-drive to ensure as many Holocaust Survivors in the area get the shot as possible.

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