The MTA Inspector General announced today that several MTA employees were caught clocking in for work while going whole days off the job. Read More
There’s a lot of things MTA dangles in front of our wary eyes to prevent us from going crazy, but we’ve might have just heard the craziest proposition yet: cellphone and Wi-Fi on moving trains so that we’re never disconnected from the outside world again.
The verdict is in, but hardly surprising: the R-train — stretching from Forest Hills to Bay Ridge — is officially New York’s worst subway line.
Only 56 percent of announcements made on R-trains are audible, compared to the 86 percent systemwide average, according to a new survey by the Straphangers Campaign. It’s the Read More
It’s been a heck of a week for New York transport. First, a shark was found on the subway. Now a baby has been born in Penn station!
As if the LIRR wasn’t bad enough, Ana Aguirre, 32, reportedly went into labor waiting for a train yesterday morning.
MTA officers sprung into Read More
Photos of a small dead shark casually hanging out on the N train went viral this morning after Gothamist posted a gallery of them. According to witnesses, the shark was discovered around 12 a.m. when a passenger boarded the Queens-bound N train at 34th St.
What? The MTA Surplus Material Sale is ending already? A sale this good should last three months at least.
Yes, it’s that time of year when the Metropolitan Transit Authority sells off its old office junk, things found on subways and, for some reason, a bunch of mid-2000 sedans. And this incredible Read More
take a breath
Stand back or the Transport Workers Union will rap about it.
Yesterday, the TWU released a mesmerizing rap video extolling the virtues of subway safety.
Set to the tune of 50 Cent’s “Lean Back,” the clip calls for straphangers to “Stand Back” amid a montage of general subterranean hustle and bustle. The star of Read More
A group of scientists at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently released the first comprehensive study of the microbiological makeup of the New York City subway system. Their finding? The air underground contains pretty much the same amount of human skin microbes (and other stuff) as the air outside.
The study Read More
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Poor G train. Nobody loves it. It’s short, it’s unreliable, it has poor personal hygiene. It lives in a bad area. It doesn’t have as much money as those big fancy Manhattan trains. It rarely gets to mingle with other trains, save for a few illicit southern rendezvous with the F train.
And now it’s Read More
Philadelphia bus riders got real-time tracking in 2011. Chicago’s had it since at least 2009, as has Washington, D.C.
Staten Island riders and those in the Bronx have had Bus Time, as the MTA calls its real-time bus tracking tools (and that’s trademarked, so back off, other cities!), since 2012, as have a small handful of routes in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
But now, the MTA is announcing, we have dates for the rest of the network. “Bus Time is so helpful to our customers that we have scheduled an extremely aggressive timetable to introduce it to three other boroughs,” wrote Fernando Ferrer, the MTA’s acting (and reluctant) chairman in a press release issued today. Manhattan buses will be getting the technology by the end of the year, according to the release, followed by Brooklyn, and then finally Queens, where it will be completed by April 2014.