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    Five dead after NYC-bound Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

    Posted by BreeddekalbL - May 12 2015 09:00 PM

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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