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The Straphangers Campaign, a watchdog group, says half of all New York City subway cars were dirty according to a survey they took last fall, down from 57 percent a year earlier.
But the conditions differ from line to line, according to the report, called “subway shmutz.” Among the lines convenient to commuters who take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, the 6 train, Read more of this entry »
Three daily New Haven Line runs that were set to be eliminated have been saved by Connecticut, which pitched in $200,000 to keep them running.
New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill today that would bring $345 million to transit in the New York City region, helping to restore services that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cut, Schumer’s office said.
That sum would be the New Jersey-New York City-Connecticut region’s share of some $2 billion that would Read more of this entry »
When it comes to New York City lore, the Second Avenue Subway sounds a little bit like alligators in the sewer.
Get it? See, the subterranean urban reptiles are just a myth. And so, it may have seemed, was the east side subway line.
Another $18.5 million down, still more than $300 million to go.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken another slice out of its latest deficit, $378 million, by renegotiating contracts with the companies that transport the disabled and sell them rail, bus tires and other goods.
The transit giant’s Chief Operating Officer Charles Monheim announced the savings today in the MTA’s Manhattan headquarters.
That $18.5 million, by the way, is just Read more of this entry »
The home page of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority includes a short video of MTA Chief Executive Jay Walder talking about the transit giant’s financial woes. (The agency is $750 million in the hole.)
He doesn’t give many specifics, but he shows where you can find a lot Read more of this entry »
There’s a lot of pain all around in Gov. David Paterson’s $134 billon state budget plan released Tuesday. Some of it will fall on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would get $104 million less than had been expected.
On the new MTA Web site, unveiled today, you can check some Metro-North stations to see whether the next few trains are on time or late.
A trip planning corner allows you to map your route from one place to another. Read more of this entry »
The Rockland JCC tonight will host a a free information meeting about a law that imposes a new payroll tax, among other fees, to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“What Will the New MTA Taxes Cost You?” takes place at 7:15 p.m. at the JCC, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack.
State Senator Thomas Morahan, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski , Jr., are expected to explain the law and its implications, as well as their opposition to the legislation.
In May, the state Legislature approved the payroll, or mobility, tax to raise nearly $2.3 billion for the MTA in its 12 member counties, which avoided steep fare and toll hikes for MTA services. It compels employers to pay 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. Drivers in the MTA?region also will pay a special surcharge of $50 for a two-year vehicle registration and a $16 driver license surcharge.
The meeting is coordinated by WBL, which describes itself as an informally organized group of local businesspeople who have been meeting since 1991 to discuss topics of interest to them and their businesses.
A New York City councilwoman wants a plaque honoring Michael Jackson placed at the Brooklyn subway stop where the King of Pop made the music video for “Bad,” the Associated Press reports. Perhaps Jackson’s name could even be added to the the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, she says.
But don’t hold out Read more of this entry »
Gov. David Paterson swept into Tarrytown today to announce that the village train station would get $39 million in stimulus funds. That’s for new platforms, heated shelters, overhead covered walkways with benches and so on.
The governor gathered with a bunch of local Read more of this entry »
Seventy years ago today, cars began crossing the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.
At the opening ceremony, on April 29, 1939, Robert Moses proclaimed it “The finest suspension bridge of them all.” That was a bold claim, considering, Read more of this entry »
The incandescent bulb is gone from Grand Central Terminal.
Opened in 1913, the station was designed to show off how many bulbs it used — a point of pride when electricity was a novelty, but not the greatest attribute now that conservation is the goal.
So today, electricians Read more of this entry »