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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. tracking you

    Subway Surveillance Cameras Turned Toward the Homeless

    The NYPD is monitoring 100 live feeds from a dozen stations around the clock, drawing concerns from homeless and civil liberties advocates.

    tracking you

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. switch glitch

    Anger Over $230m Computer System Behind Subway Meltdown

    Critics railed about the glitch that sparked subway chaos in Friday’s heat as records obtained by THE CITY detailed the system’s spotty track record.

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  23. switch glitch

    Buggy Subway Computer System Blamed for Heat-Wave Hell Struck Before

    Friday’s rush-hour meltdown marked the latest — and worst — example of persistent problems with Automatic Train Supervision, THE CITY has learned.

    switch glitch

  24. purple people leaders

    MTA Sticks on Decals to Deter Subway Farebeaters

    Signs and purple arrows urge riders to exit through turnstiles in bid to limit unpaid entry through emergency gates in $40 million campaign.

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  25. a step down

    Second Avenue Subway Escalators Fail to Rise: Report

    In the newest stations in the system, only three of 32 escalators met reliability goals, an MTA inspector general report obtained by THE CITY found.

    a step down

  26. surf's up

    Coney Island Subway Station Buckles Up for a New Ride

    The MTA taps the Luna Park team for an arcade, bar and restaurant complex in the Stillwell Ave. terminal, near the beach, rides and Nathan’s Famous.

    surf's up

  27. fare and square

    New Subway Station Emergency Doors Open Gates to Farebeaters

    After $1 billion in station overhauls, the easily breached exits will be redesigned as part of a $40 million crackdown on fare evaders.

    fare and square

  28. 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.

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  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

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  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

    subways

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

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  41. albany

    Congestion Digestion: What You Need to Know About the MTA Budget Boosters

    Albany’s deal will wring funds from motorists, pricey properties and online transactions — but it’s still not enough to save ailing subways and buses.

    albany

  42. 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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