Tag: Subways

They Can’t Afford to Quarantine. So They Brave the Subway.

As the coronavirus pandemic has all but shut down New York City, its subway — an emblem of urban overcrowding — has become almost unrecognizable. Before the crisis erupted, more than five million people squeezed onto the system everyday. Today, it carries fewer than 1 million, lower than the number of people who traveled on […]

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Living Near Train Tracks

After Yue Yu and her husband first moved into their one-bedroom condo in Long Island City last summer, she spent a blissful afternoon out on her new balcony. She basked in the sun, which washes her living room and bedroom with light from the southeast. She tilted her head up to the blue sky. And […]

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Subway Service Is Cut by a Quarter Because of Coronavirus

As the coronavirus engulfs New York, the city’s public transportation network is slashing service by at least 25 percent with ridership in free fall and an increasing number of sick workers hobbling its ability to run a normal operation. The decision to cut service on the network, the nation’s largest, on Tuesday came after ridership […]

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The M.T.A. Needs Help. Now.

While the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic, mass-transit employees continue to show up day after day to ensure that emergency medical workers and other critical personnel can do their jobs for the people of New York. That’s why it’s so disheartening to watch as some in Washington use mass-transit funding as political currency. Mass […]

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N.Y. Braces for Months Under Coronavirus Restrictions: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageCredit…John Taggart for The New York Times Governor Cuomo emphasizes the seriousness of the spread. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, appearing on The Times’s podcast “The Daily” this morning, emphasized that his priority remained halting the spread of coronavirus — and not the economic fallout from mandatory closings and restrictions […]

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23 Subway Stations, Endless Complaints and One Guy to Field Them All

Even on a good day, Michael E. Brown’s job is infinite. He is a group station manager for the New York City subway system in charge of 23 stations, mostly along the F line in Brooklyn. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority created the position in 2018 to be the place where the buck stops for every […]

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New York Receives Federal Approval to Conduct Local Coronavirus Testing: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageCredit…Todd Heisler/The New York Times New York bans most gatherings of more than 500 people. Life for New Yorkers will change dramatically on Friday night, when restrictions that limit public gatherings go into effect in an extraordinary step to fight the growing outbreak of the coronavirus. On Thursday, Gov. […]

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Worried About Coronavirus on the MTA Subway? Here’s What We Know

There is perhaps no place in America harder to escape crowds than the New York City subway, which, as the nation’s largest transit system, carries more than five million people every weekday. During rush hour, commuters squeeze in to find any available space, with hands sharing poles and faces separated by inches. As cases of […]

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Michael Hertz — You’ve Surely Seen His Subway Map — Dies at 87

Michael Hertz, whose design firm produced one of the most consulted maps in human history, the curvy-lined chart that New York City subway riders peer at over one another’s shoulders to figure out which stop they want, died on Feb. 18 in East Meadow, N.Y. He was 87. His son Eugene announced the death, at […]

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Could the Trump Administration Block Congestion Pricing in New York?

When New York became the first American city to embrace congestion pricing last year, it was the culmination of more than a decade of acrimonious debates, political wrangling and mounting frustration over the city’s failing subway. The historic plan pushed through by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, and state lawmakers was expected to raise […]

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Crime Spikes. Is Bail Law to Blame?

Weather: There will be a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a high in the low to mid-40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday). When Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City in 2014, some critics said his progressive approach to public safety would lead to […]

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How a Clash of Egos Became Bigger Than Fixing the Subway

One day in October, three powerful figures in New York affairs met for a serious lunch at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan. On one side were Patrick J. Foye, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Kathryn S. Wylde, the president of the Partnership for New York City, which represents business leaders. In front […]

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Remembering Kobe Bryant: ‘Today, We All Cry’

More from our inbox: Image Credit…Jae C. Hong/Associated Press To the Editor: Re “Helicopter Crash Kills N.B.A. Star Known to All as Kobe” (front page, Jan. 27): For two years in the ’90s, I chronicled Kobe Bryant’s feats on the basketball court as a young journalist with the local paper, The Main Line Times. He wasn’t […]

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New York’s Subway Boss Quit: Will Your Commute Get Worse?

When Andy Byford was recruited to run the New York City subway, the system was in crisis. Trains broke down routinely. A series of accidents raised safety concerns. Constant delays made riders late for work, meetings and medical appointments. Mr. Byford has been praised for helping reverse the steep decline, driving down major delays and […]

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Why Andy Byford Left the M.T.A.

Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Rain and some sleet are possible this weekend. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today and tomorrow for Lunar New Year. ImageCredit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times When Andy Byford was brought in to overhaul the city’s subway system, many New Yorkers saw his ambitious plans and can-do attitude as […]

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Andy Byford’s Work Is Not Done

After just two years on the job, New York’s subway chief, Andy Byford, has resigned, ready to move on from an impatient governor whose opinions on how to repair the ailing system often clashed with his own. He is too polite to say as much, stressing in an interview with The Times that the start […]

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Water Break on Upper West Side Disrupts Subway Service

A water main break, the second in one week, flooded New York City subway stations and suspended service on several lines on Sunday morning. The flooding disrupted subway service on the A, C and D lines between 125th Street and 59th Street-Columbus Circle, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter. The break occurred at 102nd […]

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