Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

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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Protests Met With Heavy NYPD Force For Second Consecutive Night

Friday, November 06, 2020

Protesters took to the streets for another night in New York and were once again met with a strong show of police force.


Crime Is Down Underground But Not As Much As It Should Be Given The Dramatic Drop In Ridership

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

As straphangers return underground, headline grabbing crimes may deter some from riding the subways. 

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MTA Says NYPD Has Decreased Presence in Subways And That's Led To Brazen Crimes

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

MTA leadership says they’re worried that NYPD officers aren't patrolling the subways enough. They say a stronger police presence could've prevented recent crimes.

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116 Years of Manspreading, Hot Platforms, and The Most Incredible Subway System in the World

Monday, October 26, 2020

The city's subway system turns 116 years old Tuesday, and while a lot has changed since 1904, a lot remains the same. Author John Morris breaks down how far we've come. 

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