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MTA Looking for High-Tech Ideas to Keep Subway Tracks Clear

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.

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Transportation: Trends to Watch for the Future of NYC

Deaths despite Vision Zero measures and slowing bus speeds signal bumps ahead.

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Transit Experts Hail Era Where Gov and Mayor Aren’t Throwing Each Other Under Buses

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.

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CITY stats: Trends to Watch for the Future of NYC

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New MTA Express Bus Rollout Tripped Up by Leg-Room Gripes

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.

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MTA’s Late in Making OMNY Subway and Bus System Reduced-Fare Friendly

Some 1.3 million seniors and people with disabilities are eligible for discounted trips — but the MTA has managed to make its tap-and-go contactless payment system available to only 70 of them.

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Driver Cash Eyed as Fix for MTA’s Struggling Access-A-Ride

The paratransit service’s drivers may be seeing more green down the road as the MTA considers multiple measures — including bonuses and paying for bridge and tunnel rides — aimed at boosting reliability, THE CITY has learned.

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MTA Cops Rode High on Overtime After Cuomo Crackdown on Subway Homelessness, Inspector General Says

The OT bill for the MTA’s police force hit $33 million last year because of efforts by the Cuomo administration to police fare evasion and homeless New Yorkers, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general.

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Sneak Peak: Rail Riders Charged Rush-Hour Prices Despite Pandemic Discount

The MTA says hardware hurdles prevented them from removing the option for commuters to buy unnecessarily expensive peak fare tickets. And the agency says it has no idea how many people it fleeced.

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As Federal Funds Put Second Ave. Subway Extension on Express Track, Displacement Looms for Locals

The Biden administration’s injection of billions into local infrastructure has state and transit officials tooting horns about the Q line’s uptown run. But some residents along the route say they’re trying to avoid getting railroaded out of the neighborhood.

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Runway to Taxi Gets Longer as Cab Shortage Hits Thanksgiving Airport Travelers

New York City airports this week expect to see the most travelers in two years during the holiday weekend. But Taxi and Limousine Commission data shows the number of yellow cabs on the road has been cut nearly in half since the pandemic hit.

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Signal Distress: Cornerstone of MTA’s Fast-Track Plans Racking Up Delays and Dollars

As the MTA prepares to spend more than $7 billion for new signals on sections of six lines in a bid to speed up trains, snags and cost increases highlight the headaches and challenges in replacing the ancient system.

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FDR Drive Tear-Down and Manhattan Land Extension Eyed in Downtown Flood Plan

In a new proposal to be released this week, the city is looking to build into the East River by up to 188 feet — and possibly remove a mile-long portion of the elevated FDR Drive.

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‘As Good As It Gets’ Transportation Infrastructure Deal Leaves Plenty Off the Table

The federal infrastructure bill that cleared Congress on Friday is "probably the best we’re going to get," but still falls short of meeting the city’s vast needs — including some long-awaited subway projects, transit and planning experts say.

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New York Just Getting Into Gear on Road to Transit-Biking Tandem

Plans to install 10,000 bike racks on city streets by next year and a pilot pod program at Grand Central Terminal are mere "molecules in the drop of the bucket" compared to other cities’ efforts, cycling advocates say.

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Fake Paper License Plate Scourge Prompts NYPD Surveillance and Arrest Surge

An internal manual shows patrol officers how to stop and search for signs a license plate is forged, as part of effort to crack down on unmarked vehicles following dozens of shootings. Toll collection and speeding enforcement have also taken hits due to bogus plates.

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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.

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Colombian ‘Chiva’ Bus Owners Hoping Pandemic Hasn’t Killed the Party

New York City’s party bus owners are looking to get on their "discotheques on wheels" rolling again after a prolonged pandemic pit stop. But a comeback is far from assured.

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De Blasio’s ‘Open Streets’ Stalled at Fraction of Promised Hundred Miles

Most stretches of roadway advertised as car-free aren’t, a citywide survey from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives finds, with sharp inequities between the boroughs. Volunteers say they still need help hauling barricades.

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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.