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Transportation: Trends to Watch for the Future of NYC

Deaths despite Vision Zero measures and slowing bus speeds signal bumps ahead.

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Subway Service Delays Feared as Omicron Hits the Express Track

The number of subway workers testing positive for COVID-19 has spiked, according to internal MTA data obtained by THE CITY. "It’s putting a tremendous strain on service, because you have so many absences," said one union official.

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New MTA Express Bus Rollout Tripped Up by Leg-Room Gripes

The buses, which began going into service last December, are part of a $150 million order placed by the MTA in 2019. Now the transit agency has placed the delivery of some 200 buses on hold while it works on fixes to give commuters more space.

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How the MTA Spent Millions on a Cuomo Cost-Cutting Effort That Spurred a Worker Shortage

The MTA Transformation Plan brought a $4 million consultant’s report, new high-priced executives — and staffing gaps. Now, in the Hochul era, the transit agency is scrapping the plan — and going on a hiring spree to stem bus and subway delays.

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MTA Gets Rolling With Hiring Spree But Impact on Commute May Be Slow Going

Transit officials are starting to chip away at a worker shortage that has for months caused tens of thousands of bus and subway trips to be canceled or delayed, frustrating passengers. Meanwhile, overtime is rising for bus and subway workers.

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Colombian ‘Chiva’ Bus Owners Hoping Pandemic Hasn’t Killed the Party

New York City’s party bus owners are looking to get on their "discotheques on wheels" rolling again after a prolonged pandemic pit stop. But a comeback is far from assured.

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Cuomo’s $4 Million MTA Job-Cutting Effort Derailed Weeks After His Departure

The MTA’s "Transformation Management Office" is being downsized out of existence as the transit agency confronts staffing shortfalls that have snagged subway and bus trips.

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MTA Yanks $500K COVID Death Benefit From Unvaccinated Transit Workers

The transit agency is set to extend the half-million-dollar lump-sum payment through the end of the year — but only for survivors of vaccinated employees. Just 55% of bus and subway workers have gotten their shots.

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No NYC Subway Riders Got Fined for Defying Mask Mandate in August

Police booted passengers 21 times for refusing to mask up, the lowest level in nearly a year. Meanwhile, the number of riders who complied with warnings jumped — even amid complaints that some cops are going maskless.

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MTA Shuffle Puts Construction Vet in Driver’s Seat, Leaves Vacancy at Transit

Gov. Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the MTA’s new chairperson and CEO will be Janno Lieber, who joined the agency in 2017 after leading Silverstein Properties’ efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center.

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Meals Vs. Wheels: Restaurants Blocking Bus Lanes Get Little Direction From City

Since outdoor dining structures became city fixtures nearly a year ago, almost 120 restaurants have been warned about blocking bus lanes and bus stops. But enforcement has little teeth and restaurateurs say they’re getting mixed messages.

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Under the Bus: Hero Drivers Fight MTA Over Pay After Being Attacked While Protecting New Yorkers

At least two drivers have been denied injured-on-the-job claims because one was on a coffee break when he saved an elderly couple from a mugger and the other had just stepped off a bus before a maskless passenger hit him.

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MTA Bus Driver Shortage Leads to Nixed Trips and Longer Waits for Returning Ridership

A pre-COVID hiring freeze, retirements and pandemic losses of 160-plus employees have left the MTA with nearly 400 bus-operator vacancies. "We’re coming out stumbling and bumbling," one union leader said.

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Plans to Speed Up Buses Slowed as the City Gets Set to Reopen

Much of the MTA’s efforts to revamp bus routes have been idling for over a year because of the pandemic, delaying long-planned improvements. Transit advocates warn that notoriously slow buses could hinder New York’s comeback.

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Man’s Amazing Journey to Amazon Made Smoother Thanks to Public and Private Help

Saheed Adebayo Aare has received salvation from his hellish commute by way of a new position with the online retailer in the city and a bumpy ride to a more convenient homeless shelter.

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‘Tough Guy’ Cuomo’s Hard Reign Over MTA Shaken by Growing Scandals

The fallout over the allegations roiling the governor could have implications for the subway and bus agency, where former and current officials and board members say Cuomo’s management style has repeatedly driven away top talent.

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MTA Reverses Course on Plan to End Worker Apprenticeships Early

Transit officials had been considering shutting down training program that prepares high school graduates to work on buses and in MTA depots.

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From Wards Island to Amazon Warehouse in Jersey, This Commute Is Hell on Wheels

Saheed Adebayo Aare has had to navigate a lot since arriving from Nigeria and gaining asylum. His 31-mile one-way commute by bus, train and wheelchair is no exception: He travels six hours round-trip for a four-hour shift.

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MTA Budget Woes Threaten Training Program That Put City Kids on Express Track to Transit Jobs

An apprenticeship program touted as "a jetpack straight into the middle class" is now on the chopping block — despite the transit agency just getting $4 billion dollars in federal aid.

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Crucial MTA Public Transit Talk Gets Cut Short During a Pandemic-Wracked Year of Zoom

With subway crime spiking, tolls rising and finances uncertain, some board members are calling for more discussion of key decisions in public meetings.