Tag: Byford, Andrew

The Subway Is in Financial Crisis. Are 500 More Police Officers Needed?

More than 2,500 police officers patrol New York City’s subway, where crime is down sharply from the era of rampant violence and graffiti three decades ago. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, nevertheless, wants more police. He is seeking to expand the force by 20 percent, hiring 500 more officers, which Mr. Cuomo says is needed to […]

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After Spike in Deaths, New York to Get 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars. The dangers came into focus this year after 25 cyclists were killed on city streets — the highest toll in two decades. The spike in deaths has set off criticism that […]

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M.T.A. Pledges $5 Billion for Subway Elevators. Guess How Many.

Across large swaths of New York City, it is impossible to take the subway without using the stairs. People who rely on wheelchairs are simply out of luck. Some neighborhoods are worse than others. On the N train in Queens, there are seven stations in a row without a single elevator. The transit agency has […]

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Your Subway Was Delayed by 1930s Signals. A Fix Is Finally Coming.

New Yorkers have grown unhappily accustomed to hearing that their trains are delayed by “signal problems.” But most riders probably have no idea what that means. The signal system is the invisible, unglamorous backbone of the subway, controlling when trains can move down the tracks. But the demands of a 21st-century ridership are being borne […]

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The M.T.A.’s $54 Billion Plan to Transform Your Commute

Installing modern subway signals along the perpetually crowded Lexington Avenue line in Manhattan. Adding elevators to 70 subway stations in a system where only about a quarter of the stops are wheelchair accessible. Extending the Second Avenue subway north to East Harlem. These are some of the key pieces of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new […]

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The Subway Is No Longer a Daily Disaster. But Can It Be Great Again?

It was only two years ago that New York City’s subway fell into such a dire crisis that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took the extraordinary step of declaring a state of emergency, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the system and hiring one of the world’s most respected transit leaders. The subway has rebounded […]

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How Subway Delays and the Homeless Crisis Are Intertwined

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After years of decline, New York’s subway is showing signs of improvement, with the percentage of trains running on time creeping upward. But at least one area is getting worse: disruptions involving homeless people. Trains were delayed 659 times […]

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Hope for the Subways

Two years ago, as New York commuters raged about the jam-packed, trash-strewn, untrustworthy subway trains, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped up and declared a state of emergency for the system. Now things are at last edging away from that transit abyss. In April, 79.8 percent of trains running during the week pulled into their appointed stations […]

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