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ARTICLES BY: Jose Martinez

Jose is THE CITY’s transportation reporter. He previously worked on-air for six years at NY1 News, where he also hosted the weekly “In Transit.” He is a veteran of the city’s tabloids, covering courts at the Daily News and the New York Post. He began at the Journal News in Westchester County. JMartinez@thecity.nyc

  1. safer skies

    Calls for Chopper Ban Over City After Deadly Midtown Crash

    Following a terrifying scene atop a Seventh Avenue skyscraper, New York politicians want to ground unnecessary helicopter flights.

    safer skies

  2. fast track

    New Technology Signals Hope for Faster Subways Down the Line

    The MTA is running a test train to see how a new wireless system could help speed up signal modernization and lead to quicker commutes.

    fast track

  3. watch out

    Nets Set for Plunge-Prone Elevated No. 7 Train Tracks

    In a reversal, the MTA will test a safety barrier to protect passersby following debris-drop incidents along Roosevelt Avenue elevated line in Queens.

    watch out

  4. driving up costs

    A Lot of Money: Prices Spike at City-Owned Parking Garages

    The tab will rise up to $200 a month, socking drivers already upset over congestion pricing. But some say they hope the hike will discourage driving.

    driving up costs

  5. going down

    Pol Blasts Company Responsible for Fixes on Subway’s Worst Escalator

    Councilmember Keith Powers wants the private company charged with maintaining the escalator at the Lexington-53rd Street station to step up.

    going down

  6. watch out

    MTA Won’t Heed Call for Safety Netting Under Unlucky No. 7 Line

    Despite several dangerous pieces of debris falling from the elevated line this year, city’s subway chief says nets would probably just get in the way.

    watch out

  7. big letdowns

    Steep Descent For Subways’ Worst Escalator and Elevator

    Private property owners leave riders in the lurch with out-of-commission equipment, MTA stats show – check out the lifts most likely to let you down.

    big letdowns

  8. bad medicine

    MTA Suit Contends Benefits Manager Missed RX Fraud by Workers and Retirees

    Express Scripts Inc. is accused of squandering tens of millions of dollars by failing to police “fraudulent, abusive or excessive” claims.

    bad medicine

  9. labor

    Labor Unites to Slam MTA as Tempers Flare Amid Strike Threat

    The Central Labor Council accused transit officials of declaring “a war on working people” by sending police to monitor potential overtime abuses.

    labor

  10. running bill

    Progressive Promises: Bill de Blasio’s New York City Record

    The mayor of America’s biggest city touts accomplishments from Pre-K to policing as he readies for the campaign trail. Here’s how he’s delivered.

    running bill

  11. running bill

    Bill de Blasio’s Unfinished Business

    As he wages an expected presidential run, the mayor leaves some projects that are behind schedule or have deadlines looming. Here are seven to watch.

    running bill

  12. labor

    Clock Ticking on MTA Overtime Glut as Union Sours on Governor

    Board schedules emergency meeting Friday to rein in labor costs. Union officials, meanwhile, say don’t blame the workers fixing the ailing system.

    labor

  13. going your way?

    MTA Spinning Wheels on Bus Schedule Calculations, Audit Finds

    The agency’s data is “full of holes,” says State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The MTA’s fighting back, even as some riders report uneven service.

    going your way?

  14. silver linings

    Free Subway Transfers Prove One ‘L’ of an Idea in Brooklyn

    Brownsville riders hope the temporary link between Livonia Ave. and Junius St., stemming from the giant L line repair project, will become permanent.

    silver linings

  15. path or fail

    Pol Prods DOT for Separate Walk/Bike Lanes on Queensboro Bridge

    Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer wants the Department of Transportation to create another path amid repairs on the 59th Street Bridge.

    path or fail

  16. pedalling change

    Food Delivery Workers Try to Shift E-Bike Fines to Bosses

    Lawsuit charges police are violating rules by hitting restaurant employees with $500 tickets instead of citing owners for the illegal two-wheelers.

    pedalling change

  17. tipping point

    Fare’s Fair: $500K in Back Pay Demanded for App-Hail Drivers

    The TLC found that some 50,000 app-based chauffeurs have been getting stiffed since new minimum-rate law went into effect in February.

    tipping point

  18. span plan

    Cyclists and Pedestrians Seek Their Own Paths on the Queensboro Bridge

    With bike use rising, vehicular traffic falling and congestion pricing coming, transportation advocates want to overhaul the 59th Street span.

    span plan

  19. walk it off

    Wrong Gear: Hudson Yards Escalators Go Down for Auto Show

    Six Hudson Yards subway station escalators — including two of the longest in the system — were down on Monday, just as MetroCard prices went up.

    walk it off

  20. escalating costs

    Going Up: Long Fight Over Subway Elevators Doubles Price Tag

    The tab for the access project at the 68th St.-Hunter College station has risen to more than $116 million over a decade of delay-inducing opposition.

    escalating costs

  21. subways

    Work Train Delays Could Add to Pain on the L

    With night-and-weekend work coming for the East River tunnel, riders gird for potential residual service snags. The MTA says there’s no need to worry.

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  22. money train

    Price of MTA Cost-Cutting Consultant Rises

    The deal has gone from $2.3 million to $3.75 million. Officials say the job is expanding, but one board member called the bill “troubling.”

    money train

  23. in the paint

    Subway Graffiti Costs and Delays Up as New Generation Makes Their Mark

    New York City Transit’s annual graffiti cleaning tab surged to $610,956 in 2018 — an increase of 364% from just two years earlier.

    in the paint

  24. transit

    ‘Emergency’ Break: Why is MTA Locked in Crisis Mode?

    Two years after Gov. Cuomo declared a “state of emergency,” allowing contracts without board oversight, critics ask why it’s still in effect.

    transit

  25. vox pop

    Vox Pop: What Can THE CITY Do for You?

    Our reporters scoured the five boroughs — and got our marching orders from dozens of New Yorkers.

    vox pop

  26. post no bills

    Barging In: City Suit Seeks to Sink Sailing Signage

    A new lawsuit from the de Blasio administration aims to ground a Florida company that has been floating billboards in New York waters since last fall.

    post no bills

  27. transit

    No Fare: 1 in 5 Bus Riders Don’t Pay

    Nearly 370,000 passengers sneak on daily – marking a big jump since 2013 and helping drive $225 million in annual fare-evasion losses, MTA stats show.

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  28. transit

    As Hudson Yards Rises, Broken Subway Escalators Make for Steep Climbs

    The $2.4 billion 34th Street-Hudson Yards station is plagued by three of the 10 most failure-prone subway escalators in Manhattan, records show.

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