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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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MTA Brings Back Virtual Testimony for Board Meetings — With a Catch

The MTA will no longer require in-person testimony at its board meetings beginning Monday. That means public speakers will once again be allowed to rail remotely against the transit agency — although not in real time.

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As MTA Subways Weather ‘100-Year Storms’ Every Month, ‘New Solutions’ Sought

The third major storm to soak the city since July once again turned some subway stations into a default sewer system. It marked the latest frightening example of the mass transit system’s vulnerability to extreme weather — which is becoming the norm.

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MTA Planning to Cut Subway Operator Training Time to Curb Trip Cancelations

With thousands of runs being nixed every month because of crew shortages, the MTA plans to accelerate the training of new train operators, taking a month off the onboarding process, THE CITY has learned.

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MTA Looks to Ramp Up Subway Accessibility With Fewer Costly Elevators

"Ramps are failproof," declared Quemuel Arroyo, the MTA’s chief accessibility officer. But installing the slopes isn’t as easy as it might look, and in some cases elevators better fit the bill, some advocates say.

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MTA to Get Slim Slice of Federal Infrastructure Bill as Cars Outpace Mass Transit

The nation’s largest transit agency would reap about 1.9% of the planned $550 billion nationwide spending on transportation, which some critics say continues to focus too heavily on roads and highways.

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Many of Cuomo’s Big Transit Projects Remain Divisive, Incomplete

The governor portrayed himself as the second coming of master builder Robert Moses and ruled the MTA with an iron fist. As he’s set to depart office with a host of transportation projects in flux, transit advocates say some should be scrapped.

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Governor’s Ouster Could Spur Quick MTA Board Shake-Up, Thanks to Law He Backed

A state public authorities law change the governor pushed in 2019 says the term of any board member should expire with that of the elected official who recommended them. But it’s unclear what happens if an official is abruptly removed from office.

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Sexual Harassment Investigation Report Could Derail Cuomo Plans for MTA

The governor’s troubles shut down a planned MTA event touting new executives Tuesday as transit watchers wonder whether a weakened Cuomo can maintain his iron grip on an agency inching out of pandemic-spurred turmoil.

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As Cuomo Orders Vaccinations for MTA, Some Workers Push Back

MTA employees must be vaccinated by Labor Day or agree to weekly COVID tests. But some workers said they’d never get the shots, even after losing more than 160 of their colleagues to the pandemic.

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 ‘Back to Gridlock’: NYC Bridge and Tunnel Traffic Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels as Mass Transit Lags

It seems like old times on crossings run by the MTA, the Port Authority and the city, the latest data shows. That’s got mass transit and environmental advocates concerned as New York’s reopening gears up for a fall rush.

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MTA Hits Mute on Remote Comments as In-Person Public Committee Meetings Return

The rule forbidding a continuation of virtual public testimony limited participation by Access-A-Ride users with complaints about service problems, advocates for New Yorkers with limited mobility said. Meanwhile, MTA officials could still phone it in.

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MTA’s Pandemic-Derailed Transformation Plan Was Off Track From Start, Critics Say

Two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the MTA a "disgrace"  and "a governmental Frankenstein" as he unveiled a plan to reorganize the mass transit agency. But the overhaul has been slammed as "underwhelming."

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‘A Default Sewer System’: Subway Flooding Is Bigger Than Just the MTA

The super soaking of stations in Manhattan and The Bronx this week underscored the exposure of the nearly 117-year-old subway system to climate change — and highlighted the resiliency challenges still facing the MTA and the city at large.

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Subway Trips Canceled Over Staff Shortages Soar to a Pandemic High

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CUNY Community College Students Need Help Covering Big Costs to Get Back to Class, Study Says

The Center for an Urban Future finds most two-year school students drop out before getting their degrees. A program called ASAP that helps them across the finish line is facing city budget cuts as New York emerges from the pandemic.

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Taxi Driver Shortage Stalls Passengers with Limited Mobility as MTA Ride Service Sags

The demand for subsidized paratransit services is rising as the city emerges from the pandemic. But New Yorkers with disabilities are having a hard time finding rides due to the overall downturn in taxi and other for-hire vehicle drivers.

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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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Cuomo’s MTA Power Shakeup Threatens to Upend Transit Comeback, Critics Say

The governor’s last-minute bid to turn the top post at the transit agency into two jobs was called "fugazi" by one union head. Albany lawmakers went back and forth over Cuomo’s bid to split duties currently held by Patrick Foye.