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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. bye-ford

    Subway and Bus Boss Andy Byford’s Transit Triumphs and Unfinished Business

    Byford suddenly resigned two years into his transit turnaround efforts. His successor faces steep challenges — including dealing with Gov. Cuomo.

    bye-ford

  2. keeping track

    Group Wants to Shed More Light on MTA Budget Busters

    When MTA officials got rid of quarterly reports last year, they made it much harder to hold them accountable for cost overruns, watchdog group says.

    keeping track

  3. traffic

    NYC Congestion Pricing Plan Needs Open Doors, Watchdogs Say

    New York State’s Committee on Open Government is urging the MTA to make congestion pricing process more transparent.

    traffic

  4. wrong track

    ‘Shoddy’ Outreach to Homeless Led to Missed Subway Goals, Comptroller Says

    A new audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli blames surge in subway homelessness on poor oversight of nonprofit tasked with outreach.

    wrong track

  5. stand clear

    Rising Reports of Subway Door Surprise Openings Still Rare But Jarring

    After MTA pulled new cars because of door issues, THE CITY found 139 reports system-wide over the last two years — including 64 in 2019.

    stand clear

  6. wrong track

    Subway Door Problems Went Beyond Two Incidents, Records Show

    MTA officials say they pulled nearly 300 new train cars out of service after a pair of door malfunctions — but documents indicate additional issues.

    wrong track

  7. wrong track

    MTA Yanks ‘Lemon’ Trains Out of Service

    Nearly 300 of the newest subway cars in the system were taken out of service early Wednesday morning due to issues with door reliability.

    wrong track

  8. penned in

    Governor’s Penn Station Overhaul Plan Lacks Tunnel Vision

    Cuomo’s proposal to expand the rail hub by demolishing a city block and adding eight tracks avoids long-sought new tunnel to handle extra trains.

    penned in

  9. mother nature

    Paws and Effect: A Menagerie of Creatures Creating Subway Delays

    Dogs, geese, possums and turkeys are among the virtual barnyard of on-the-loose animals that delayed 238 trains last year.

    mother nature

  10. rabid transit

    Nevins St. Subway Raccoon Captured, Set Free in Prospect Park

    The crafty critter known as Chepe eluded capture for months, only to succumb to the lure of chicken and plantains.

    rabid transit

  11. the slow lane

    Light at the End of the Bridge for Staten Island Cyclists

    Nearly two years past its due date, the path along the $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge is gearing up to safely handle bikes and pedestrians.

    the slow lane

  12. fast track

    Public Should Get More Time for Say on MTA Plans: Audit

    The transit agency should give public and board 45 days to weigh in on major proposals, audit recommends. That didn’t happen with new $51.5B plan.

    fast track

  13. going up

    Cost of Replacing Subway Elevators Expected to Double

    The estimated price tag for 19 new lifts is rising from $69 million to $134 million, according to MTA documents.

    going up

  14. blame canada

    Stringer Blasts MTA, Subway Car Maker Over ‘Lemon’ Trains

    The MTA’s $600 million deal with Bombardier is a “case study in what not to do,” the city’s financial watchdog charges as old cars stay on the rails.

    blame canada

  15. transit

    Lax Background Checks Led to Risky MTA Hires, Probe Finds

    Poor communication and shoddy screening allowed people convicted of serious crimes to become city transit workers, inspector general’s report shows.

    transit

  16. dirty work

    Transit Union Demands More Subway Cleaners to Combat Filthy Trains

    The push to restore positions comes as workers clash with the MTA over a new contract — and after THE CITY revealed a spike in soiled trains.

    dirty work

  17. rail fail

    Newest Subway Cars Breaking Down More Often Than Some Old Ones

    The shiny cars on the A, C, J and Z lines, which hit the tracks two years ago this week, are less durable than some dating to the 1980s, records show.

    rail fail

  18. rabid transit

    Raccoons Rack Up a Growing Number of Subway Delays

    An L train struck a furry forager in Brooklyn Saturday night — the latest in a string of wild transit snags outdoors and underground.

    rabid transit

  19. off track

    Repeatedly Stuck Switches Drive Brooklyn Subway Commuters to Despair

    Wednesday’s evening massive rush-hour delays stemmed from Q and B train equipment that’s failed chronically, MTA records obtained by THE CITY show.

    off track

  20. subways

    Cost of MTA Accessibility Study Rising Faster Than Elevators

    The budget for a feasibility study into installing more subway lifts and ramps to help people with disabilities has jumped 70%, MTA documents show.

    subways

  21. crossed tracks

    State Pols Hold Rare Transit Hearing at Same Time as Monthly MTA Meetings

    MTA officials may have to hop a turnstile if they want to quickly shuttle between dueling sessions Tuesday amid biggest-ever spending plan.

    crossed tracks

  22. wall of confusion

    Brooklyn Homeowners Wall-Eyed at City Demand They Inspect Q-Train Trench

    Flatbush and Ditmas Park residents aghast at Department of Buildings order for reports on century-old walls they say are the MTA’s responsibility.

    wall of confusion

  23. wrong direction

    Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Complaints in Subway See Dramatic Rise

    Attacks and graffiti aimed at Jews have surged more than 160% in the subway this year over last, according to MTA data obtained by THE CITY.

    wrong direction

  24. bus stopped

    Bus Rides Slowed in Muck of MTA-Transit Union Contract Feud

    Commuters slog through longer waits, thanks to repeated, union-ordered “safety checks,” labor and management sources told THE CITY.

    bus stopped

  25. switch glitch

    Cursed High-Tech Subway Signal System Slated for Pricey Replacement

    Bane of delayed F and G train riders, the MTA’s 13-year-old problem-plagued Bergen Street switches in Brooklyn will cost $47 million to redo.

    switch glitch

  26. moving ahead

    How the MTA Plans to Spend Billions on its Subway Wishlist

    Will your commute speed up, via new signals? Will your station get an elevator? Find out via our interactive look at the record $51.5 billion plan.

    moving ahead

  27. track changes

    Rockaway Branch Rail Reboot Study Finally Lands

    After THE CITY’s inquiries, the MTA put out a long-delayed report on reviving a long-dormant Queens railway stretch. The verdict: possible but pricey.

    track changes

  28. nowhere to go

    Homeless Seek an Elusive Safe Refuge in the Subways

    The slayings of four men underscored the fears of vulnerable New Yorkers who avoid city streets and shelters. But life underground is getting tougher.

    nowhere to go

  29. track changes

    Study of Old Rockaway Rail Line’s Revival Back on Track

    Calls to bring back a dormant LIRR branch in southern Queens that hasn’t been used since the 1960s get a new look. Finding are expected by year’s end.

    track changes

  30. going down

    The Fault in Our Stairs: Subway Escalator Reliability Plunges

    The 232 escalators maintained by the MTA are functional only about 87% of the time, according to new figures — the worst they’ve been since 2010.

    going down

  31. welcome back bill!

    Mayor de Blasio’s Post-Presidential Campaign To-Do List

    From fixing the public housing mess to diversifying schools to property tax reform, the mayor is returning to a pile of pressing business.

    welcome back bill!

  32. on track

    MTA Digs Up More Money to Study Utica Ave. Subway Extension

    Transit officials released a fleshed-out five-year budget proposal Thursday that now includes more funding to examine the century-old idea.

    on track

  33. digging for answers

    Utica Avenue Subway Extension MIA as MTA Plans Projects

    The 100-year-old idea, which was revived and pushed by the mayor in 2015, went unmentioned in the MTA’s latest Capital Plan outline.

    digging for answers

  34. going up

    MTA Plan Calls for More Accessible Subway Stations

    A $51 billion proposal revealed Monday calls for making another 66 stations accessible, via elevators and ramps. That’s up from 50 — out of 472.

    going up

  35. what the l

    Hot and Bothered: Burning Cables Led to L Train Headaches

    L train riders endured severe delays this week because of “smoldering and hot cables” in the line’s East River tunnel. The MTA is investigating.

    what the l

  36. losing track

    MTA Taking a Bigger Beating on Subway and Bus Fare Evasion

    A new MTA Inspector General report, obtained by THE CITY, finds that the transit agency’s tracking methods missed the mark, leading to an undercount.

    losing track

  37. wrong track

    Cuomo Slams His MTA on Spike in ‘Soiled’ Subway Reports

    The governor says commuters’ “quality of life” is suffering amid the marked increase in reports of filthy train cars and other underground woes.

    wrong track

  38. wrong track

    Soiled Subways: It’s a Dirty Job, But Nobody’s Here to Do It

    Amid a spike in reports of filthy cars, the MTA has cut the number of clean-up crews charged with scrubbing trains, thanks to budget issues.

    wrong track

  39. wrong track

    Why The Subway Stinks: ‘Soiled Car’ Reports Soar This Year

    More than 1,600 incidents slowed service and disgusted straphangers in the first eight months of 2019 — far outpacing the last two years.

    wrong track

  40. dumping grounds

    East Brooklyn Drives Surge in Abandoned Vehicle Complaints

    DIY used car dealers helped fuel a citywide tripling in 311 calls, which rose to more than 76,000 last year, an analysis by THE CITY shows.

    dumping grounds

  41. elevated costs

    L Station Repair Spending Projected to Double as MTA Takes Different Track

    When Gov. Cuomo scrapped a plan to fully shut down the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel, that disrupted projects that would have “piggybacked” onto the work.

    elevated costs

  42. transparency

    Closing Doors: MTA Working on Record Spending Plan in Secrecy, Watchdog Howls

    The transit agency’s multi-billion, five-year subway and bus roadmap is mired in mystery, with its release running behind past years, group charges.

    transparency

  43. saying something

    Subway Chaos Marked Only Latest Pressure Cooker Scare

    While suspicious package calls are down, Friday’s Fulton Street hub scare was at least the fifth cooker-related incident in the last two years.

    saying something

  44. curb appeal

    Block Party: Cop Cars Still Jamming Bus Stops After Exposé

    THE CITY returned to eight NYPD buildings where police vehicles were obstructing area stops. Five remained clogged, breaking Police Department policy.

    curb appeal

  45. curb appeal

    BUS-TED: Police Vehicles Clog Bus Stops Near Precincts

    THE CITY’s spot-check of two-dozen stops around NYPD buildings found one-third blocked by marked police vehicles and cars with windshield placards.

    curb appeal

  46. accessibility

    The Elevated Line: MTA Adding More Lifts to 14th Street Stations

    The MTA is rolling out plan to make more stations accessible to those who can’t use stairs or escalators, starting with more elevators on 14th Street.

    accessibility

  47. re-training

    MTA Needs to Patch Brooklyn Subway Viaduct It Just Spent $275M Fixing

    The F and G train span has “unsatisfactory drainage, leaking joints and deterioration of structural braces” only three years after overhaul.

    re-training

  48. soft cell

    MTA Sends Scrambled Signals on Little-Used $2.5m Bus Wi-Fi

    A document putting the service on the chopping block was an “error.” Some riders said they wouldn’t even notice if the Wi-Fi went away.

    soft cell

  49. wrong turn

    Accidental Gatecrasher in BMW Raises Questions About MTA Security

    An allegedly impaired driver who said he was “just following his GPS” crashed far into an ostensibly secure MTA railyard Tuesday, officials said.

    wrong turn

  50. accessibility

    Transit Officials Running Late on Accessible Subway Stations

    The list of the next 50 stops due to get elevators is overdue. About 75% of stations don’t fully serve riders with disabilities.

    accessibility

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