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How the MTA Spent Millions on a Cuomo Cost-Cutting Effort That Spurred a Worker Shortage

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.

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MTA Gets Rolling With Hiring Spree But Impact on Commute May Be Slow Going

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.

Mets Station Accessibility Project Up In the Air as AirTrain Derails

The Mets-Willets Point complex — which serves anyone going to Citi Field, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the Queens Museum or Queens Night Market — is still inaccessible for LIRR passengers who can’t navigate stairs.

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MTA to Allow Live Remote Public Commenting for Board Meetings After Outcry

The new format, which also doubles the public comment period to 60 minutes, was especially welcomed by disabled riders who said the MTA’s unreliable paratransit services kept them from testifying about the MTA’s unreliable paratransit services.

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Derailed Biden Infrastructure Package Could Mean Loss of $10B for New York Transit

A massive federal plan to spend $550 billion on public transit, bridges and highways stalled in Congress late Thursday, meaning a potential long-term impact to big-ticket projects in New York City and the region.

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MTA on ‘Mask Blitz’  Following Reports of Low Compliance

Cops and transit workers distributed a record 26,000 masks in the transit system in the first three weeks of this month — rocketing past the total for the entire past year. Starting Thursday, riders who do not follow the mask mandate will be more likely to face fines, officials said.

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City Tells Students Heading Back to School to Hop Turnstiles With Form Letters

School started Monday in New York, but some students who need free MetroCards to travel to and from class are still waiting to receive them. That’s raising concerns among some principals that students could end up in trouble with the police.

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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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No NYC Subway Riders Got Fined for Defying Mask Mandate in August

Police booted passengers 21 times for refusing to mask up, the lowest level in nearly a year. Meanwhile, the number of riders who complied with warnings jumped — even amid complaints that some cops are going maskless.

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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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Pyramid Scheme: Critics Question Why Transit Spaces are ‘Hostile’ to Humans

A trio of wooden pyramids, erected atop flat metal security bollards in front Penn Station, are among examples around the city and transit system of what some call "cruel" public design features that make homeless people uncomfortable.

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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.