New York City Transit Authority

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.
With 24/7 subway service coming back on May 17, TWU Local 100 says a shortage of car cleaners could leave the MTA exposed to an upcoming grime wave as riders return.
An outline of upgrades tacked onto a public hearing notice includes $770 million for station accessibility boosts. Meanwhile, officials hope that Pete Buttigieg will push along congestion pricing to help foot the bill.
Advocates pressed transit officials to wait until the pandemic ends before reinstating the $2.75 cash-only fee on the small buses and other vehicles that carry riders with limited mobility to vaccination and doctor appointments.
Delilah Goble, whose husband was killed in a March arson fire that engulfed a No. 2 train, says a tribute run along the route planned for the anniversary of that tragic day might help her “start riding the train again.”
Taggers hit 24 cars on six lines between Saturday and Monday, including an M train coated in “Alice in Wonderland”-like images. Most incidents occurred in tunnels during overnight shutdowns.
A COVID-driven supply-chain slowdown will keep the MTA from receiving a test batch of hundreds of new redesigned subway cars — which will eventually include accordion-like “open gangway” models — until next year, THE CITY has learned.
Instances of a “person on the roadbed” this year have hit at least 720, according to MTA stats obtained by THE CITY. That’s nearly many as in all of 2019, despite a steep pandemic-driven decline in ridership.
Paint jobs, structural repairs and accessibility upgrades are among the capital projects put on hold as the MTA hopes for billions from a more transit friendly Biden administration.
If the city’s mass transit system doesn’t get bailed out, people at the lowest income rungs will be hurt the most, Sarah Feinberg says as she seeks corporate and other help in a campaign for $12 billion in federal funds.
Incidents up 64% from last year as plunge in ridership comes with spike in vandalism and certain violent crimes, reports show.
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The transit officials have begun acquiring over a dozen properties. But potentially displaced residents likely have been given a reprieve by the agency’s financial collapse.
The Office of MTA Inspector General worked with a data analytics professor at Columbia to test the reliability of the transit agency’s claim that it loses $300 million a year to fare beaters.
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Subway, bus and commuter train riders who don’t wear face covering now risk a $50 summons. The move came days after THE CITY revealed poor mask-wearing compliance on city buses.
The EPA cited the makers of Goldshield 75 in 2016 for making false claims — and hasn’t put the product on its approved list for coronavirus cleaning.
Plexiglass cases could shield drivers as the MTA and union map out potential sweeping changes to bus and subway travel for the post-COVID age.
The transit agency’s 2012 disaster plan, obtained by THE CITY, calls for stockpiles of gloves, masks and wipes that workers say they’re not getting.
The transit agency won’t provide the respirator masks it has to its bus operators yet, saying it is waiting to see if the state needs them elsewhere.
“We are on the front lines,” says union, which wants the MTA to arrange testing for any transit employee identified as “presumptively positive.”
The elevated line leading to Coney Island will shut down on weekends through December — following two years of closures at some of the same stations.
The tube that carries the F train between Manhattan and Brooklyn will get $50 to $100 million worth of nights-and-weekends repairs next year.