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  1. transit

    F Train’s Turn for Tunnel to Shut Down for Sandy Damage Fix

    The tube that carries the F train between Manhattan and Brooklyn will get $50 to $100 million worth of nights-and-weekends repairs next year.

    transit

  2. last stop

    MTA’s Andy Byford Leaving Role That May Be Derailed

    Andy “Train Daddy” Byford leaves the MTA on Friday, and there’s no guarantee he will be replaced at all as the agency prepares to shed jobs.

    last stop

  3. lifting hopes

    MTA Could Make Many More NYC Subway Stations Accessible, Study Finds

    The first part of a nearly $18 million review obtained by THE CITY concludes that most of the 100 stops surveyed can be retrofitted with elevators.

    lifting hopes

  4. just the ticket

    Success of LIRR Brooklyn-Queens Tix Renews Call for Citywide $2.75 Rail Fare

    The discount Atlantic Ticket, connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the LIRR, has drawn 2.3 million riders and shortened commutes. Next stop, everywhere?

    just the ticket

  5. need a lift

    Barclays Center Has Subway’s Worst Privately Owned Elevator

    The elevator at the bustling station functioned just 74% of the time in 2019, MTA records show. Its landlord is being called out in a new report.

    need a lift

  6. out of step

    City Brings Criminal Court Case Over Busted Subway Escalator

    MTA steps up pressure to get stairs at Lexington Avenue-53rd Street, under the Lipstick Building, rolling again after more than a year out of service.

    out of step

  7. transit

    Subway Surfing Spike May Be Deadlier Than MTA Stats Indicate

    Incidents of people riding on top of trains is up — and officials suspect the death toll is undercounted. Meanwhile, a mom mourns her teenage son.

    transit

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. chilling journey

    Cold Train: Staten Islanders Shiver as New Rail Cars Still Years Away

    The Staten Island Railway’s fleet of 47-year-old train cars leave commuters with little heat. New ones won’t arrive until late 2022.

    chilling journey

  21. rail concern

    Anti-Amazon Pols Signal Concerns Over Sunnyside Yards Plans

    Fighting EDC again, a coalition that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against another Queens “mega-project” a neighborhood over from LIC.

    rail concern

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. airing differences

    Private Trash Carters on Road to Missing Emissions Upgrade Deadline

    Scores of trucks are behind on meeting 12-year-old federal diesel engine standards as the Jan. 1 deadline on a city-mandated upgrade approaches.

    airing differences

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. not so fast

    Staten Islanders Say Innovative Bus Route Crosses a Line

    Locals are OK with an express bus on old railroad lines and viaducts. But they’d rather see traffic on a pedestrian esplanade than Richmond Terrace.

    not so fast

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. wheels in motion

    An Odd Route Planned for New Staten Island Express Bus Service

    Over old railroad lines and through elevated viaducts will go the “Bus Rapid Transit” line — potentially transforming the commute of 12,000 riders

    wheels in motion

  34. 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

  35. express concerns

    Staten Island’s Epic Wait for Alternative to Private Bus Service Just Got Longer

    Academy Bus Service to get $3.8 million from taxpayers for another year of express rides from South Shore to Midtown, while MTA ponders a takeover.

    express concerns

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  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. 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

  50. 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.

    switch glitch

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