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    New York City is America's unhappiest town: study

    Posted by Harry - Jul 23 2014 01:53 PM

    New York, New York’s little town blues aren’t melting away. It’s just the opposite, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research that says New York is the unhappiest city in the U.S. New York, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milwaukee and Detroit are, in that order, America’s least happy cities. Survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked respondents: “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” Researchers then tweaked that data for factors like race, education, marital status and family size.

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    The MTA’s next set of service enhancements will address frustrating subway delays caused by faulty equipment, and extend at least two bus routes into new areas, the Daily News has learned. A package of service enhancements, which transit officials plan to unveil next week, will increase the number of subway workers available to respond to equipment malfunctions in the system’s busiest zone: Manhattan’s central business district, sources said. The new manpower will be stationed at various points along lines, which will allow them, if they need to drive to a location, to travel north or south and avoid the generally worse cross-town traffic.

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    19 Dead, Scores Injured Following Moscow Metro Derailment

    Posted by Lance - Jul 15 2014 08:53 AM

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    At least 19 people were killed Tuesday when a Moscow subway train derailed during the morning rush hour, sending at least 150 others to the hospital. Emergency officials told The Associated Press that at least 50 of those injured were in grave condition. Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services, said rescuers have recovered 7 bodies and are working to extract 12 more bodies from two wrecked train cars. Several cars left the track after a power surge triggered an emergency alarm, which caused the train to come to an abrupt stop in a tunnel between two stations in the western part of the Russian capital.
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    The MTA is busy trying to stave off a strike by Long Island Rail Road workers, but a new analysis by the city Independent Budget Office suggests it might want to look at its spending on buses too. To save money, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed the MTA to take over 82 bus lines, mainly running in Queens, run by seven private franchisees. Having the agency control the routes, he suggested in 2002, would save the city as much as $175 million a year in subsidies to the private companies. The MTA took over the last of those lines in 2006 -- but the city isn't reaping the savings, the IBO found.

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    NBA All-Star logo for New York game revealed

    Posted by Harry - Jul 10 2014 10:00 AM

    It’s a logo fitting of a Subway All-Star Weekend in New York. The design of the 2015 All-Star Game logo, which the NBA will release on Thursday morning, was inspired by the public transportation signs around the city. It’ll be fifth All-Star game in New York next February 15, but the first time the weekend will be shared by two boroughs. The Friday and Saturday events – which include the Slam Dunk and 3-point contests – will be held in Barclays Center. Sunday’s All-Star Game will be at Madison Square Garden. As part of the agreement to split the All-Star Game, the Barclays Center will be given the chance to host Sunday’s All-Star game as early as 2017.

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    Metro-North fired nine rookie conductors and reassigned three others Tuesday amid an investigation of cheating on critical safety exams. One or more of the first-year conductors, who were in a training program, apparently got access to the written test, used a smartphone to photograph it, then shared it with others, sources said. The pictures of the exam were later posted on the Internet, the sources said. The dozen represent the training class’s entire membership. Adam Lisberg, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North’s parent, declined comment on the investigation, but said the railroad has already taken action. “Metro-North Railroad is disbanding this conductor class,” Lisberg said.

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    Chief of Transit Joseph Fox writes that the NYPD address not only the crime and disorder in the subway system, but the causes. Many New Yorkers remember the bad old days — back in 1990, when there were about 48 serious felonies per day in the subway system. In that year alone, there were about 17,500 reported felony index crimes — a category that includes homicide, robbery, forcible rape and aggravated assault. Those were difficult years, and passenger unease was as evident as graffiti on the trains. The men and women of the NYPD and members of our community invested heavily in combatting subway crime. In time, we saw dividends.

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    This camera and others in Chicago subway cars could be a taste of things to come in the New York system. The NYPD could have dozens of new eyes in the transit system — without a cop setting foot on a train — if a plan to put surveillance cameras in subway cars gets the green light. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton envisions a future in which officers armed with tablets keep tabs on rolling subway cars remotely. “One of my officers could actually be standing on a platform waiting for that train to come in ... monitoring the cameras on that subway car to see if there’s an issue on that 10-car train that he wants to go and focus on,” Bratton told the Daily News.

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