Subway

Service disruptions abound, as modernization efforts to address them face obstacles.
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As special pandemic funds dwindle and ridership remains low, MTA says it needs new sources of income.
The announcements became ubiquitous in just a couple of days, but some conductors say it’s background noise and could actually put a bigger target on their backs.
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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.
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A mostly Latin immigrant workforce stepped up when COVID-19 threw the MTA for a loop and required more cleaning with less staff. As their time runs out, many are looking for more permanent, union work with the transit agency.
Transit officials say more pros than cons lie ahead as they cruise toward launching fees for drivers entering the city’s traffic-clogged core.
The state transit agency is mulling regulation of e-scooters and e-bikes on trains and in stations following several deadly fires in the city caused by exploding lithium-ion batteries.
With bathrooms closed since the coronavirus outbreak, the number of train cars that have to be taken out of service because of No. 1 and No 2. is reaching pre-pandemic levels — even as ridership remains lower.
The country’s largest transit agency is finally searching for companies to install doors at Times Square-42nd Street and Third Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, and Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue in Queens.
In the first five months of this year, there have been 449 reported incidents of people riding on top of or outside trains, data shows — which is already almost as many as all of 2019.
Turnstile data analyzed by THE CITY from all 472 stations shows that ridership at three Queens stops along the No. 7 line is currently at more than 65% of 2019 levels, among the highest in the entire subway system.
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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.
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Citing THE CITY’s report on how subway stations become drug use sites when centers close, the mayor called the situation a crisis that can’t wait. But center operators say they need more funding.
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.
The entrance on the southeast side of the square has one of the systems’ least reliable escalators and is an assault on the senses.
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.
From cops declining to enforce his directive to a chronic shortage of shelter and hospital beds, the mayor’s sweeping proposal faces major obstacles.