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MTA Is Finally Speeding Up Trains That Were Slowed Down For No Reason

MTA Is Finally Speeding Up Trains That Were Slowed Down For No Reason

(Stephen Nessen/WNYC) Among the many issues plaguing New York City's subway system, there is the unfortunate and inexplicable fact that our trains are just not very fast. With average speeds of about 17 miles per hour,...

Friday Morning's Terrible Subway Commute Was Perfect For People Who Love Crowded Platforms

Friday Morning's Terrible Subway Commute Was Perfect For People Who Love Crowded Platforms

(Jake Offenhartz/Gothamist) We were so close to getting through this week without a major morning commute delay...so close, and yet so far. On the other hand, if you're a fan of claustrophobic train rides, overly-packed stations,...

New Details Revealed For NYC Ferry's Expansion To All Five Boroughs

New Details Revealed For NYC Ferry's Expansion To All Five Boroughs

Mayor de Blasio at Clason Point Park after the Soundview route was launched in 2018 (NYC Mayor's Office) Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially unveiled plans for the latest expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which...

In L Train Shutdown Confusion, West Village Residents See Chance To Kill Bike Lanes

In L Train Shutdown Confusion, West Village Residents See Chance To Kill Bike Lanes

The new bike lane on 13th Street betwen 6th & 7th Avenues (Gothamist) The L train shutdown might be cancelled, but the battle over what will happen with the city's long-planned mitigation measures is only just...

De Blasio Vows To 'Do Something Big' For New York City's Beleaguered Buses

De Blasio Vows To 'Do Something Big' For New York City's Beleaguered Buses

via Flickr user elHarley For some time now, the city's bus system has been in free fall. Thanks to increasingly traffic-choked streets and a general disinterest in doing anything about it, the average bus speeds in...

MTA Closing 2 Deep Washington Heights Subway Stations For Renovations, Plans Work For 3 More

MTA Closing 2 Deep Washington Heights Subway Stations For Renovations, Plans Work For 3 More

Bye! (Brian/Flickr) Bad news, Washington Heights residents: The MTA plans to close down two of your local subway stations over the next three years, while besieging three others with construction crews. The work is scheduled for...

Mysteriously Green L Train Dumpsters Are Probably Fine & Normal

Mysteriously Green L Train Dumpsters Are Probably Fine & Normal

(Courtesy Patrick Ferguson) The Ghostbuster Ectoplasm dumpster photo taken by a concerned 14th Street resident may be more like Exorcist pea soup, but is in fact nevertheless greenish, despite denials from the MTA. It is also...

Fair Fares Program Is Supposed To Start In 2019, But The City Has Yet To Release A Plan

Fair Fares Program Is Supposed To Start In 2019, But The City Has Yet To Release A Plan

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (far right) at a rally for the Fair Fares program in April with Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr., and Bronx BP Ruben Diaz...

Cuomo Descends Into L Train Tunnel To See If This 15-Month Shutdown Is Really Necessary

Cuomo Descends Into L Train Tunnel To See If This 15-Month Shutdown Is Really Necessary

Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Canarsie Tunnel (Governor's Office) In the wee hours of Friday morning, while most of Gotham laid down to rest, one governor refused to sleep. With just four months left until the...

MTA Passes $17 Billion Budget for 2019 As Agency Approaches 'A Precipice'

MTA Passes $17 Billion Budget for 2019 As Agency Approaches 'A Precipice'

Commuters at West 14th Street (Jen Chung / Gothamist) At The MTA’s last board meeting of the year on Wednesday, it approved a $17 billion budget for 2019 that counts on a net 4 percent fare...

L Train Service May Be Disrupted While Cuomo Tours Tunnel

L Train Service May Be Disrupted While Cuomo Tours Tunnel

Cuomo at a tour of the Union Square subway tracks in June. (Cuomo's Flickr) On Thursday night at midnight, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his own hand-picked team of engineers will tour the Canarsie Tunnel to reevaluate...

Say, What's In This Dumpster Full Of Mysterious Green Stuff The MTA Dredged From The L Train Tunnel?

Say, What's In This Dumpster Full Of Mysterious Green Stuff The MTA Dredged From The L Train Tunnel?

(Courtesy Patrick Ferguson) "I've had health concerns for a year," Alphabet City resident Penny Pennline said at a protest convened Tuesday outside the MTA headquarters in Downtown Manhattan. Pennline has lived in the same apartment on...

Aspiring Subway Riders Turned Away From Queens N/W Station At Rush Hour

Aspiring Subway Riders Turned Away From Queens N/W Station At Rush Hour

The 30th Avenue stop in Astoria this morning. (Courtesy @mineralcomet) This morning's commute is canceled, at least for those unfortunate souls who attempted (and may still be attempting) to take the N/W line from Queens. Straphangers...

Monday Kicks Off With 'Craptastic' Subway Commutes On Multiple Subway Lines

Monday Kicks Off With 'Craptastic' Subway Commutes On Multiple Subway Lines

The Hewes Street station on the J/M/Z line this morning after a train was taken out of service around 9:45 a.m. today. (Jake Offenhartz/Gothamist) Since 2/3 express trains were running with delays of at least 10-15...

MTA Blames Financial Woes On Farebeaters, Mulls Crackdown

MTA Blames Financial Woes On Farebeaters, Mulls Crackdown

Charley Lhasa / Flickr While the MTA is projecting a nearly $1 billion budget deficit looming three years from now, it held a special meeting Monday to discuss an estimated $215 million shortfall from subway and...

F & G Trains Bedeviled By Signal Problems, Triggering 'Hellish' Monday Morning Commute

F & G Trains Bedeviled By Signal Problems, Triggering 'Hellish' Monday Morning Commute

Signal problems at Bergen Street in Brooklyn and 57th Street in Manhattan caused heavy delays on the F and G lines this morning, with commuters reporting "fucking RIDICULOUS" and downright "hellish" conditions during their doomed Monday "travels."...

Oh, Did You Want To Go To Work This Morning? LOL Says The Subway

Oh, Did You Want To Go To Work This Morning? LOL Says The Subway

The scene on a stalled M train. (Jake Offenhartz/Gothamist) Good morning to everyone except the MTA, which seems to have decided that it's not going to work today and neither should you. The morning rush was...

It Isn't Really Monday Until The Subway Is On Fire

It Isn't Really Monday Until The Subway Is On Fire

Happy Monday, the NYC subway system is a literal hellscape pic.twitter.com/mYN2n5uD16— max linsky (@maxlinsky) November 19, 2018 Did you wake up this morning thinking that because it's a holiday Thanksgiving week, everything would go a little more...

Friday Morning Subway Commute Beset By Signal Problems, Communication Issues, Impending Doom

Friday Morning Subway Commute Beset By Signal Problems, Communication Issues, Impending Doom

One hundred sixty-eight days out from the L train shutdown, the two alternative lines expected to absorb the brunt of displaced riders—the M and the J—are doing very little to inspire confidence. For much of rush hour...

Arriving Soon: Higher Subway Fares For Worse Service

Arriving Soon: Higher Subway Fares For Worse Service

(Courtesy Chelsea Lawrence) New York City's already-distressed transit riders may soon find themselves paying even more money for even worse service, thanks to a yawning budget deficit, sky-rocketing estimates for repair costs, and Albany's inability to...

New MTA Station Managers Are Sweating the Details, But Will It Matter?

New MTA Station Managers Are Sweating the Details, But Will It Matter?

Sandy Castillo, the newly minted Group Station Manager for the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College 2/5 terminal (Stephen Nessen / Gothamist) What if rust stains, graffiti and urine-soaked subway stations weren’t the norm? New York City Transit President...

MTA Delivers A Hot Steaming Plate Of Mondays This Morning

MTA Delivers A Hot Steaming Plate Of Mondays This Morning

Good times at Penn Station this morning. (Lisa Ciacci / Twitter) NYC Transit President and alleged subway savior Andy Byford was on 60 Minutes last night, enlightening the rest of America about the sorry state of...

1,500 Bus Shelters Across NYC Shut Down After Staten Island Shelter Partially Collapses

1,500 Bus Shelters Across NYC Shut Down After Staten Island Shelter Partially Collapses

A shelter on the Upper West Side (Jen Chung / Gothamist) Bus shelters across the city have been wrapped in yellow "caution tape" out of an “abundance of caution,” on the part of the company JCDecaux,...

'Absolute Nightmare' On L Train Due To Busted Doors

'Absolute Nightmare' On L Train Due To Busted Doors

The L train is growing older, crankier, corroded-ier, and as it hurtles toward the dark abyss, it's not going gentle into that good night. No, our beloved but frail L train, like a plucky Great Aunt who's...

New Yorkers Trapped For Nearly One Hour In Hellish Clark Street Subway Elevators

New Yorkers Trapped For Nearly One Hour In Hellish Clark Street Subway Elevators

(Photos by Talia Kovacs) While elevators should be available at every subway station in New York City, there are three stations that are only accessible by elevator, including the Clark Street station in Brooklyn. To get...

MTA: Subway Service Is Actually Improving

MTA: Subway Service Is Actually Improving

The scene at Hoyt-Schermerhorn during a morning rush hour subway meltdown in mid-September. (Courtesy Skippy Santiago) "We have turned the corner on our worsening reliability," Sally Librera, Senior Vice President for New York City Transit, declared...

Why Did The MTA Completely Sand Down These Wooden Subway Benches?

Why Did The MTA Completely Sand Down These Wooden Subway Benches?gallery

On Monday night, as I transferred at the West 14th Street 1/2/3 station, I was startled to encounter a completely sanded-down subway bench. Or maybe suspicious is the correct term—does sandpaper kill bedbugs? One set of subway...

Watch A Magnificent Subway Showtime Performance For The Agesvideo

Watch A Magnificent Subway Showtime Performance For The Ages

(Daniel Nguyen/Flickr) On the master list of polarizing subway events, Showtime ranks high. Some people perk up upon hearing the clarion call—iiiiiiiiit's SHOWTIME!!!—excited to watch dancers perform acrobatic feats of airborne bendiness on the car's greasy...

Video: Watch Self-Absorbed New Yorkers Block The Subway Doorsvideo

Video: Watch Self-Absorbed New Yorkers Block The Subway Doors

One thing the MTA's 10-year Fast Forward plan won't fix is the etiquette of the average New York City rider. That is up to the rest of us. Including you, obliviously standing in the door as people...

Cuomo Beat Nixon, So Are The Subways Screwed Forever?

Cuomo Beat Nixon, So Are The Subways Screwed Forever?

Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference the day after his primary win over Cynthia Nixon (Governor's Office) One year ago, only a few months after his $836 million Subway Action Plan was put into effect,...

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