Not Welcome at the Welcome Center: City Moves to Close Area in Port Authority Where Volunteers Help Migrants
The abrupt shutdown of a greeting area marks a breaking point in the fraying relationships between City Hall and the activist groups running the site.
Transit watchers generally seem to agree that an increase in the state payroll tax could be the best way to avoid a crash when emergency federal aid runs out in 2025, but there are several other roads that could help avoid that fiscal cliff.
Following a pilot program launched in September, stroller-only zones will now be available on nearly one-fifth of the entire fleet, equal to over 1,000 buses.
Migrants are coming to the bus terminal every day to seek services from the government workers and volunteers there.
Transit officials described the move as a “real sea change” for New York cyclists that will install bicycle racks at 37 locations, placing racks on the front of some buses and more.
The proposals would freeze the current $2.75 price of subway and bus trips and would roll out free fares by borough over four years.
Without flood-protected chargers, the study says the MTA could lose $945,000 per day from loss of service on the B32 bus and another $10.4 million per day from the M42 bus crossing Manhattan from West 42nd to East 41st Street.
Janno Lieber, the MTA’s chairperson and CEO, made a trip to the Somos conference — the first of its kind for any transit leader in recent memory — where he called for lawmakers to find new sources of revenue for the struggling system.
Scooters, e-bikes, hoverboards, unicycles — New Yorkers will find all sorts of creative ways to get around. But it’s becoming an e-jungle out there on the streets.
Several bus lines are trying out reserving space for open strollers, but drivers fear conflicts among riders to come.
Seven routes across all five boroughs will soon have special baby carriage zones — without taking space from wheelchair-using customers, according to MTA sources.
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Transit officials say more pros than cons lie ahead as they cruise toward launching fees for drivers entering the city’s traffic-clogged core.
More than half of all bus riders on Bx lines are hopping on for free, MTA data reveals, as commuters and transit experts say more rule enforcement is only part of the solution.
Just over the city limits in Westchester and Nassau County, riders with disabilities aren’t forced to trek to out-of-the-way “assessment centers” to prove their physical capabilities or lack thereof.
It’ll take a small town’s supply of juice to fuel the hundreds of emissions-free coaches the MTA plans to add to its 5,800-strong fleet. Not to mention all the depots that will have to be modified and workers retrained.
Deaths despite Vision Zero measures and slowing bus speeds signal bumps ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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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