Tag: Transit Systems

BART Apologizes for Handcuffing Man Eating Sandwich on a Train Platform

The general manager of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system apologized Monday to a man who was detained and handcuffed by a police officer last week after he was seen eating a sandwich on the train platform — an episode captured in a video that was widely shared and that prompted a weekend protest. BART’s […]

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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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Who’s Afraid of a Transit Desert?

For a city crisscrossed with subway and rail lines, New York has its share of remote outposts — considered by some to be transit deserts, but to others urban oases. Now a growing number of bargain hunters, including real estate developers, are homing in on properties farther from the train — at least a 15-minute […]

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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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‘I Have to Get That’: How Henry Chalfant Became a Graffiti Ambassador

When Henry Chalfant arrived in New York City from suburban Pittsburgh in 1973, as an aspiring sculptor, he found a place teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. This was “Ford to City: Drop Dead” New York. But amid the turmoil a new form of art making was taking shape — one that took up space […]

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Cars All but Banned on One of Manhattan’s Busiest Streets

New York City has been steadily taking space away from cars since the first pedestrian plazas were carved out of the asphalt streetscape more than a decade ago. Roads that were once the exclusive domain of cars have been squeezed to make way for bike and bus-only lanes. Precious parking spots have been turned into […]

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Where N.Y.C. Congress Members Stand on Impeachment

Weather: Dry, with some clouds and a high near 70. Alternate-side parking: Suspended through tomorrow (Rosh Hashana). ImageRepresentative Max Rose said he’s undecided about supporting the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times The only New York City member of Congress who is undecided about supporting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump is […]

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Man Dies After Jumping on Subway Tracks With Daughter, 5, Police Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A man was killed and his 5-year-old daughter was injured in the Bronx on Monday morning after he apparently jumped in front of a subway train while holding onto the girl, the police said. The man, who was 45 […]

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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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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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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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Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

CHICAGO — America’s next fight with China is unfolding at a glistening new factory in Chicago, which stands empty except for the shells of two subway cars and space for future business that is unlikely to come. A Chinese state-owned company called CRRC Corporation, the world’s largest train maker, completed the $100 million facility this […]

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Transit Strike Slows Paris to a Crawl, in a Warning to Macron

PARIS — Parisians thronged the sidewalks, took to bikes and scooters or canceled their morning commutes altogether Friday, faced with the biggest public transportation strike in nearly 13 years — a warning shot at President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its ambitious pension overhaul plan. Ten out of 14 metro lines were shut, iron gates were […]

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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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‘Indecent’ and ‘Absurd’: Project for Gare du Nord Divides Paris

PARIS — A group of leading French architects have denounced a plan to renovate the Gare du Nord, one of Paris’s main train stations, calling the designs that would turn the station into a glassy, mammoth, restaurant-filled shopping mall “indecent,” “absurd” and “unacceptable.” The plan for the Gare du Nord, the terminus for the Eurostar […]

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Hong Kong Official Says ‘Elements of Terror’ Pervade Antigovernment Protests

HONG KONG — A senior Hong Kong official on Monday warned for the first time that “elements of terror” were seen among the city’s pro-democracy protesters, as riot police officers took up positions around schools and spread out across Hong Kong’s subway system after a weekend of demonstrations punctuated by violence and vandalism. The Hong […]

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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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U.K. Seeks Answers After Biggest Power Failure in a Decade

LONDON — Britain’s energy regulator on Saturday demanded answers about the country’s biggest electrical blackout in more than a decade, which affected about a million homes and left commuters stranded on packed rush-hour trains in unlit tunnels. In a statement, the regulator, Ofgem, said it had “asked for an urgent detailed report from National Grid,” […]

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