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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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    New York City nears record cold, as NYPD says man found dead on Coney Island boardwalk

    Posted by Harry - Feb 16 2015 11:12 AM

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    Temperatures hovered just above zero Monday as an extreme cold front paralyzed the city and may have led to the death of a man found on the Coney Island boardwalk. The arctic temps, which approached but did not eclipse a record low for the city in the overnight hours, likely contributed to the man’s demise, police sources said. Bai-Ping Wen, 77, was found face up on the Coney Island boardwalk near its famous carousel about 7 a.m., when the mercury topped off around the 5-degree mark, the sources said. Family members confirmed Wen’s identity and told the Daily News he suffered from diabetes. Wen lived in Coney Island for 15 years, the family said.

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    Law-abiding MTA bus driver cuffed like thug after accident in Brooklyn

    Posted by Harry - Feb 16 2015 08:32 AM

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    He’s driven a bus driver five days a week, for at least eight hours a day, for approximately 30 years. According to union officials, de Jesus had a good record, despite having to navigate some of the busiest streets and most densely populated neighborhoods in the country. Then on Friday, de Jesus had an accident. After driving some 450,000 miles during his career, he hit a pedestrian. Not on purpose. Not because he was texting or speeding or drinking. He was making a left turn and accidentally struck and injured a 15-year-old girl. He didn’t see her walking across the street, he told police. He looked but didn’t see the girl while turning the 40-foot-long behemoth.

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    Metro-North Train Hits 2 Cars In Valhalla; Catches Fire

    Posted by MTA Orion Bus - Feb 03 2015 07:54 PM

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    A Metro-North train car was seen going up in flames Tuesday evening, after the train struck two cars during the evening rush in Valhalla. The cars were crossing at Commerce Street in Valhalla when they were struck by Harlem Line train No. 659, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told WCBS 880. The train had left Grand Central Station at 5:45 p.m. A total of 800 to 850 people were on the train at the time, Anders told CBS2. There were injuries, but it was not immediately learned how many or to what extent.
     
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    Cuomo warns streets, public transit could be closed as potentially historic blizzard threaten

    Posted by Harry - Jan 26 2015 07:02 AM

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    A potentially historic blizzard that could bring 3 feet of snow is barreling toward the city — and officials are already warning that mass transit could be shut down before the Monday night rush, stranding millions. The National Weather Service predicts blizzard-like conditions to whip up winds as high as 65 mph and drop as much as 30 inches of snow. “We are facing, most likely, one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters Sunday. Gov. Cuomo echoed those concerns, warning commuters to stay home Monday in a statement made Sunday as the monstrous storm tracked an unfamiliar route across the Midwest.

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    Gov. Cuomo Pitches AirTrain LaGuardia, Other Transit Improvements

    Posted by Lance - Jan 20 2015 06:28 PM

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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is unveiling an ambitious plan to modernize New York’s infrastructure and transportation system. Cuomo spoke Tuesday to the business group Association for a Better New York in Manhattan. He offered a preview of his annual State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday. The biggest proposal was a rail link to LaGuardia Airport, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported. “You can’t get to LaGuardia by train today and that really is inexcusable,” the governor said. Cuomo proposed building an AirTrain link like the one that serves John F. Kennedy International Airport.

     

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