Tag: Transit Systems

New York’s Sharp Rise in Cases Becomes Federal Focus: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times White House emphasizes how hard New York is being hit. With New York emerging as the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus’s spread, White House officials on Tuesday focused on the crisis in the city […]

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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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Density Is Normally Good for Us. That Will Be True After Coronavirus, Too.

ImageA mostly empty Dearborn Street in Chicago on Monday.Credit…Tannen Maury/EPA, via Shutterstock Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York was blunt about the rationale behind this time of quarantine. “There is a density level in NYC that is destructive,” he tweeted Sunday, after similar comments at one of his daily press briefings. He’d seen New Yorkers […]

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No Bus Service. Crowded Trains. Transit Systems Struggle With the Virus.

BOSTON — Deanne Austin, a 34-year-old public-school teacher in Detroit, woke up on Tuesday morning with a plan. She needed groceries for herself, and food and litter for her cat, and planned to take buses for her errands. She soon learned, though, that buses were not running because too few drivers had shown up to […]

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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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N.J. Transit’s Most Troubled Trains Are Older Than Many of the Riders

What happens when a railroad runs trains older than many of its riders? On New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third-busiest commuter rail, riders are regularly learning the unhappy answers. Aging trains, not surprisingly, tend to break down. When they do that means cancellations, but even when trains run they have fewer cars. That leaves riders, […]

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Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman on BART Platform Is Convicted of Murder

A Bay Area man who randomly stabbed two sisters on a commuter train platform in 2018, killing one and wounding the other in an attack with racial undertones, was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday. A jury in Alameda County court also found the man, John Lee Cowell, 29, guilty of attempted murder and the […]

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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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Amtrak, Struggling to Keep Trains Running, Chooses a New Leader

Amtrak has had a rough time keeping trains running through New York City, its most important hub, but it is preparing for a smooth transition to a new chief executive. The national railroad’s board of directors is expected to announce this week that William J. Flynn, the chairman and former chief executive of Atlas Air […]

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More Trouble Ahead for N.J. Commuters

Weather: Sunny, with a high in the upper 50s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until March 10 (Purim). ImageCredit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Those who take trains between New Jersey and New York City are no stranger to delays and cancellations: Governor Cuomo called one period of upheaval — when tracks were replaced […]

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Israel, ‘Start-up Nation,’ Groans Under Strains of Growth and Neglect

JERUSALEM — When the cosmetics salesman from Petah Tikva rolls his Toyota out of the driveway each morning, he does not worry about the Palestinians, the Trump Middle East plan or tensions with Iran — the issues most of the world thinks of when it thinks about Israel. No, Ronen Yom Tov just thinks about […]

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More Pain for N.J. Commuters: Tunnel Repairs Could Cause Big Delays

Commuters who travel by train between New Jersey and New York already have to cope with a seemingly endless cycle of delays and cancellations. During the evening rush on Thursday, for example, New Jersey Transit trains leaving Manhattan were delayed by up to an hour. The pain may be about to get worse. With the […]

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Would You Pay Higher Gas Prices to Slow Climate Change?

A plan is under development in about a dozen Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States to tackle the country’s biggest source of greenhouse emissions, cut road congestion, clean up the air, improve public transit and ramp up electric cars. Improbably, a Republican governor is helping to lead the way among his mostly Democratic regional neighbors. But despite […]

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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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Water Mains Are Bursting All Over New York. Can They Be Fixed?

New York City has nearly 7,000 miles of water mains, enough to send water to Seattle and back. The city also has 97,607 miles of underground electric lines, 4,416 miles of gas mains, 104 miles of steam pipes and thousands of miles of telephone and cable-televison lines. And then there is a labyrinth of train […]

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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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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. Five seconds after a Los Angeles rider unlocks a dockless electric scooter with a smartphone app and sets off to a destination, a city-operated databank is informed. Five seconds after the trip […]

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Disabled Train and Power Failure Bring Delays for Thousands at Penn Station

The evening commute was thrown into chaos for thousands of New Jersey-bound riders on Monday after a power outage disabled a train coming into Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, creating a cascade of cancellations and delays at North America’s busiest train hub. By 8:30 p.m., four hours after the problems began, frustrated New Jersey commuters were […]

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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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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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