Susan Fine will call upon her experience redefining Grand Central Terminal to redevelop the Columbus Circle subway station with a mix of service retailers, high-end shops and a set of evolving kiosks that draw inspiration from abroad. Read More
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A product of the San Francisco-based mobile and tech accelerator AngelPad, Storefront, founded in 2012, connects property owners with businesses in the market for short-term retail space—a model that coincides nicely with a recent MTA initiative to bring “hip, small stores” into subway stations for temporary stays. It comes as no surprise, then, that Storefront and the MTA have—as of Monday—entered into an agreement.
The New York Times might have been prematurely enthusiastic when they reported yesterday on the coming advent of articulated subway trains—snakelike creatures with accordion-style joints, long, continuous corridors and open gangways between cars. Inspired by the MTA’s 20 Year Assessment that came out earlier this month, the Times article made much of a single bulleted item on page 135 of the 142-page document, which gave no specific timeline or budget details for the trains’ implementation, and went only so far as to say that “consideration should be given” to articulated designs. And in light of the fact that the last two decades have seen significant refreshments to the city’s fleet, which now consists largely of cars that can be expected to last 40-60 years, a swift wholesale embrace of articulated models seems deeply unlikely.
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Starting today, commuters passing through the Union Square subway station will have the opportunity to browse the sartorial selections on offer at a pop-up UNIQLO store. UNIQLO, a Japanese maker of affordable casual wear, is the second retailer to take part in a new MTA initiative designed to bring “hip, small stores…into subway stations for short-term stays,” according to a release. The first, an indy-centric media shop known as The Newsstand, piloted the program last summer with a location at the Lorimer/Metropolitan Avenue stop, in Williamsburg.
New York City mayoral front-runner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled her mass transit agenda this morning. While she emphasized increased control for the city’s next mayor, Ms. Quinn had no new ideas.
Her headline proposal is to take control of the MTA back from the state. But taking over the MTA is a tall order, and to do it, she’ll need to prove that she has better ideas about how to run it than the state.
So does she?
Joe Lhota, it seems, wants to finish the job that Governor Nelson Rockefeller started. Speaking to the Staten Island Advance last week, the frontrunner laid out the most ambitious transportation proposal yet of the 2013 mayoral race: give New York City back its bridges and tunnels.
“The former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,” the editorial board wrote, “said that if he were to be elected mayor, he would seek to get full mayoral control of the bridges and tunnels in the city.”
Aside from the untolled East River bridges that belong to the city—the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges—major river crossings between the five boroughs belong to the state, under the guise of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
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Forget about getting annoyed at crazy weekend subway and bus schedules—apparently you’re actually quite satisfied with subway and bus service! Straphangers across the city told the M.T.A. their rides were not as bad as one might think, according to the agency’s 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey, which was released today.
The first thing on my platform is that the next M.T.A. chief need not be a train buff. He or she—or me specifically, since I’m hereby throwing my name out there—has to appreciate the economic essentiality of the authority, which moves the equivalent of New Jersey’s population (8.5 million, give or take) every weekday. But this is not a Lionel set; this is dollars and nonsense.
The next chief should know more about transit financing, particularly the warren navigated in simply keeping the four-pronged monster afloat. As it stands now, it’s a ready-made punch line, with the nation’s largest transit system held hostage to a dysfunctional Albany.
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Jay Walder has announced that he is stepping down as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in October. (more…)
Public transportation cuts are hindering home sales in the city, the Wall Street Journal writes today.
That finding should prove uncontroversial with anyone who’s bought, sold or rented an apartment in the city’s outer reaches. But the Journal story is pretty thin on data to back up what some frustrated residents and real Read More