Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

MTA Hoping for Piece of President-Elect Biden's $20B for Mass Transit Agencies

Friday, January 15, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has released plans for a nearly $2 trillion dollar stimulus package. Some of that money would go to public transit around the country.

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Cuomo Plans Continued Development of Penn Station and Midtown

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In his fourth and final State of the State speech this year, Governor Cuomo outlined a broad infrastructure plan for New York’s future, one that he says will jump start the economy.

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NYC Gets 24-Hour Vaccines Before 24-Hour Subway Service

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Overnight subway service may not return before the end of the year; the MTA says it must keep cleaning overnight, despite our changed understanding of how COVID-19 is spread.


MTA Workers Included in Next Round of Vaccines

Monday, January 11, 2021

This week’s newly expanded list of groups eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine includes transit workers.

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Judge Clears Way for Flushing Bus Lane to Move Forward

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

A judge has ruled that the city can install a new busway along the most congested stretch of downtown Flushing in Queens. 

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Police Arrest Man Wanted for Subway Arson

Friday, December 18, 2020

Police have arrested a man wanted in the fatal subway train arson incident that killed a motorman and injured more than a dozen riders back in March.

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MTA Vet Who Slowed Trains Down, Then Sped Them Up Retires

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Before a world pandemic hit New York City and devastated the transit system, the subways were actually enjoying success. Due in part to an unsung MTA worker now retiring.

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MTA Avoids Major Service and Job Cuts, For Now

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The MTA passed a $17 billion budget for next year that does not include any draconian cuts to service or jobs, but those cuts could still come if federal relief doesn't arrive soon.

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Restaurants, Cars, Bikes, And Now A Blizzard: How 2020 Has Changed NYC's Streets

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

From outdoor dining to new bikers and drivers, more New Yorkers than ever competed for space on the city's (already crowded) streets this year.

How COVID Changed NYC Streets

Monday, December 14, 2020

We've all seen photos of city streets almost free of cars, and Manhattan offices remain very empty. So why have more people died in traffic crashes this year? 


The MTA's Dire Financial Straits

Friday, December 04, 2020

What the MTA needs from the federal government and what will happen if it doesn't get it.

New Research Finds No Link to Virus Spread and Public Transit

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

A study conducted by New York University found there is no evidence that public transit is a major source for spreading respiratory viruses.

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NJ Transit Racing to Meet PTC Deadline By End of Year

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Railroads across the country have until the end of the year to install positive train control or PTC. Most have met the deadline but not NJ Transit.

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Traveling to NY For Thanksgiving? Prepare to Present Your Papers Upon Arrival Or Return

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Government officials and health experts are warning people to stay home this Thanksgiving holiday, and avoid large family gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg Resigns

Monday, November 23, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio's commissioner for transportation Polly Trottenberg has resigned.

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With No Federal Relief Aid In Sight, MTA Presents Doomsday Budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The MTA says next year's budget will slash both service and jobs, and include fare and toll hikes. With no federal aid in sight, time is running out.

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MTA Workers Worry About Second Wave of Coronavirus Amid Upticks in Positive Tests

Sunday, November 15, 2020

As COVID infections increase in much of the region, essential workers, particularly transit workers, are worried about a second wave.


Advocates Rally Behind New Plan for Saving Yellow Cab Industry

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Taxi drivers rallied at City Hall Thursday, to send a message. They want the city to support a new plan that would help medallion owners with loans drivers say are impossible to pay off.


MTA Creates Four New Positions for Pregnant Workers After Nightmare Miscarriage

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The MTA has agreed to set aside some jobs for pregnant transit workers. The agreement comes months after a transit worker lost a her baby while working on the job.

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With Biden Win, MTA Isn't In The Clear Yet

Monday, November 09, 2020

The MTA is hopeful that president-elect Joe Biden’s administration will help it recover from pandemic-related losses. But watchdogs are wary.

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