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    M86 bus beats legs — again — in crosstown challenge

    Posted by Harry - Jul 14 2015 08:01 AM

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    The bus won — again. A common complaint about crosstown buses in Manhattan is that walking is often faster; they crawl through traffic and sit idle at stops as throngs of riders dip their MetroCards, one by one. In the past, Newsers have taken on the challenge of walking across town faster than a bus. None has succeeded — and neither did I. A new, speedier service debuted Monday on 86th St. — the busiest route, mile for mile, in the city. It clocked an average of 4.6 mph in the Straphangers Campaign’s 2014 Pokey Awards for the slowest buses. My brisk New Yorker walking style was unable to keep up for long with the massive, accordion-style M86 Select bus.

     

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    Window shatters on MTA bus in Manhattan for unknown reason: officials

    Posted by Harry - Jul 10 2015 02:30 PM

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    The driver’s side window of a city bus mysteriously shattered as the vehicle picked up passengers in Manhattan Friday morning, police and transit officials said. The driver and passengers on the southbound M104 managed to escape injury when the glass was smashed on Broadway between 85th and 86th Sts. shortly after 7 a.m. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said a rock hit the glass, but cops said no object that could have broken the window was recovered. The driver did not report any arguments with passengers before the window broke. Police are investigating the incident.

     

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    Subway riders rip Andrew Cuomo for MTA funding by griping at cardboard replica of governor

    Posted by Harry - Jul 10 2015 05:52 AM

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    Gov. Cuomo got an earful from frustrated subway riders Thursday. Riders Alliance, a grassroots transit group criticizing the governor for leaving the MTA’s $32 billion plan to improve service unfunded, took a cardboard cutout for a rush-hour ride. Irate straphangers took no time ticking off their grievances to the Cuomo stand-in. “We pay more than we should.” fumed rider Nick Bicer, 34, a furniture store manager from Sunnyside, Queens, echoing the complaints of many. “They don’t work on time. They run late.” Nick Sifuentes, Riders Alliance’s deputy director, said Cuomo has ignored the group’s request to join its members on the rails.

     

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    Five dead after NYC-bound Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

    Posted by BreeddekalbL - May 12 2015 09:00 PM

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    At least five people were killed when a New York City-bound Amtrak train derailed at a junction bend in northeast Philadelphia Tuesday night, officials said. More than 170 passengers were injured, six critically, officials at the scene confirmed. "We're the lucky ones here," a woman at Temple University Hospital told the Daily News after her 29-year-old son, Jake, suffered a fractured rib en route back to New York. “Most people were able to walk off this train, many were transported (to area hospitals)," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a press conference. He added that it's unclear whether all passengers and crew are accounted for.

     

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    Guess What, NYC Taxpayers? The MTA Wants YOU to Pay Up for the Subway (Yes, Again)

    Posted by Q113 LTD - May 07 2015 11:51 AM

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    Guess what, New Yorkers? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman wants New York City taxpayers to pony up (yes, again) hundreds of millions more to pay for the completion of the 2nd Avenue Subway and to maintain its current, antiquated infrastructure. “Now, at this critical juncture, is the right time for the city to acknowledge the need for significantly increased investment in the M.T.A., and the city’s future,” Thomas Prendergast wrote City Hall on Monday. Prendergast just asked for an additional $1 billion to build out the new 2nd Avenue line and $300 million annually for its capital plan.

     

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    MTA sees increase in garbage at subway stations, growing ridership could be the reason

    Posted by Harry - Feb 23 2015 09:47 PM

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    More riders. More trash. There’s more litter in subway stations and that may be because more people are using the system, an (MTA) spokesman said Monday. But some riders blamed the increase in filth on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for removing trash cans at some stations as part of a pilot program to clean up the system. “Since they took the garbage cans away, people just throw garbage on the platform or the tracks,” said Quomethia Knox, 45, a legal assistant from the Bronx. She said conditions worsened at her home station at 238th St. in the Bronx on the (1) line, one of the stations in the program.

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    Staten Island's transportation crisis isn't going away

    Posted by Harry - Feb 16 2015 12:55 PM

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    Stalling current Island needs is the huge funding crisis at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state agency that runs the New York City subway and bus system, among other operations. It's a costly roadblock that won't budge soon. There is a $15-billion shortfall in the MTA's proposed five-year, $32-billion capital budget, which covers maintenance, improvements and expansion of the regional network. "We have a very large hole in our existing capital program," stressed Peter Cafiero, chief of operations planning at the MTA's New York City Transit division. He was responding at a City Council hearing to a question by Councilwoman Debi Rose, D-North Shore, about the potential to ease traffic congestion by creating a bus rapid transit (BRT) route here.

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