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Two uptown subway stations in particular are the default go-to for users when the OnPoint NYC overdose prevention centers close at 8 p.m., locals and officials say.
The deaths of two French artists last month highlight a recent spike in the number of subway graffiti reports as well as the enduring allure of tagging New York trains.
The areas around the West 4th Street, Times Square-42nd Street and 125th Street stations on the Lexington Avenue line had the highest number of “track intrusions,” which are up 20% since before the pandemic.
Frank R. James was caught after a tipster said he was at a Manhattan McDonald’s, officials said. He is being hit with federal terrorism on mass transit charges.
Ten people were directly shot and 19 more were injured in the commotion. Investigators are looking for a Pennsylvania man who they say rented a U-Haul van connected to a key found at the scene.
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Under the plan being pushed by the governor and Albany leadership, certain taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel would be suspended from June 1 through the end of the year.
The worst-performing subway escalator in The Bronx — at the Gun Hill Road stop on the No. 2 and 5 lines — is also one of the newest in the borough, having been in service 17 years at the station. Most Bronx subway escalators are more than 20 years old.
Last month, when THE CITY reported on the use of life-saving platform barriers in other transit systems, MTA head Janno Lieber said “special complexities in New York” forestalled their implementation here. Now, he’s on board.
While union leaders call for “safety over service,” homeless riders and advocates say the Sept. 2020 ban doesn’t address why people are bringing their belongings into the subway system in the first place.
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MTA lines saw 1,006 fires on tracks, in stations and on trains in 2021 — a 40% increase from 2019, even as daily ridership remains a fraction of what it was pre-COVID.
Blaming “multiple failures” when it comes to worker protection, Ty Jeter recounted how she feared for her life when her cab door was kicked in on a southbound No. 6 train.
Many of the nation’s transportation agencies are increasingly turning attention to social services for people dealing with homelessness, mental health issues or addiction. New York City lags down the track from Philadelphia and other cities.
Many Brooklyn and Queens leaders and residents cheer Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to bring mass transit service to an existing freight line linking the boroughs. So far, pols who’ve pushed back on train plans have remained mum.
Transit agency officials are looking for futuristic ways to spot people and objects in the path of trains, including lasers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and thermal sensing.
The deadly shoving of Michelle Go in front of an R train on Saturday at the city’s busiest subway station has revived calls for the MTA to install protective shields on train platforms.
The so-far amicable partnership between Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams marks a welcome departure from the last eight years when Albany and City Hall were often headed in opposite directions when it came to the MTA.
Through the end of November — the latest figures provided by the Hate Crime Task Force — 30 of the 84 reported subway bias incidents targeted Asians, a 233% jump from 2020.
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.