Tag: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

De Blasio’s Back: Here Are 6 Major Problems He’s Facing

[Read more about the mayor’s decision on Friday to end his bid for the Oval Office.] After five months of a presidential campaign that generated more shrugs than buzz, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he would end his candidacy and focus on his full-time job running New York City. The clock is […]

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Train Delayed? Relax With a Bolivian Pastry and Bubble Tea

Crowded, loud and gritty are qualities frequently associated with New York’s subway system. A place to relax with an ethnic dish and a cocktail, and perhaps browse a boutique shop? Not so much. But if a retail overhaul by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority succeeds, those kinds of leisure activities will become more common. In an […]

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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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He Has 17 Transit Arrests. Now It’s a Subway ‘Surfing’ Charge.

For several days in May, New York City commuters were transfixed with the story of a subway saboteur who would sneak onto the back of trains and pull the brakes, wreaking havoc on the beleaguered transit system and their morning commutes. The police eventually arrested and charged Isaiah Thompson, 23, in connection with the incidents, […]

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Cut New York Politicians’ Financial Ties to Business

What’s worse? That Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted millions of dollars in campaign contributions from people who win or seek contracts from New York state agencies — or that his practice is perfectly legal? It may seem like a tough call, but we’ll go with the latter, since the same practice is considered acceptable by […]

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So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here.

It can often feel like New York City’s subway is stuck in the Stone Age compared with systems in other cities across the world. Trains built in the 1960s still run on the subway tracks and parts of the signal system date back to before World War II. But perhaps one of the greatest symbols […]

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A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Months after landing its first job in nearly a decade on the New York City subway, a Long Island construction firm hosted an intimate fund-raiser in its luxury suite at Citi Field for a special guest: Gov. Andrew M. […]

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Cuomo Said Contractors Benefit From the M.T.A., but So Does Cuomo

Weather: Mostly sunny, then a slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. The mercury should be around 90. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 11. ImageCreditRichard Drew/Associated Press One of the most recent examples came during a radio interview last month, when he said the M.T.A. has “an incestuous relationship” with “bad contractors” that profit off […]

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Jordan Creates Artificial Reef From Decommissioned Military Vehicles

A popular Jordanian coastal resort on the Red Sea has found a new use for out-of-service tanks, armored troop carriers and even a helicopter: as building blocks of an artificial reef and an underwater museum. A helicopter donated by the Royal Jordanian Air Force was one of several military relics submerged on Wednesday as part […]

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The Last Toll Collectors

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gerry Flint has collected tolls for 40 years on a 570-mile highway that crosses New York State. But he does more than just count money and make change. He gives directions to lost drivers, offers hotel and restaurant tips […]

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Fewer Cars on 14th Street? Not Just Yet

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Monday. A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display through tomorrow at the New York Public Library’s main branch in Manhattan. This is a handwritten copy by Thomas Jefferson, who “underlined the words and passages that were excised from the […]

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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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Vaginas Deserve Giant Ads, Too

Anyone who takes the subway regularly in New York City knows that riders can’t escape the ads for erectile dysfunction drugs. There are the Hims ads, which suggestively feature cactuses, both standing and slumping; there are the Roman ads, offering to deliver such drugs directly to men’s doorsteps. Given all of this, shouldn’t we expect […]

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How Cuomo Plans to Crack Down on Subway Fare Evasion

Weather: Once again, a chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a high in the low to mid-70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times New York’s public transportation system loses $240 million a year because of fare evasion on the subway and buses, according to Governor Cuomo. He has […]

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Your Subway Service Is Disrupted. Now You’ll Know Exactly How.

Weather: Sunny, with a high in the low 70s. The clouds move in at night, and temperatures dip into the low 60s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today, Wednesday and Thursday for Eid al-Fitr. ImageCreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times In New York City, few phrases are as common, or confusing, as “service change,” “planned work” […]

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