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City Pledges Support As MTA Grapples To Fill Gaping Hole In Capital Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to work with New York City to figure out how to fund a $14 billion gap in the transportation agency’s capital plan.

07/22/2015

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Transit Advocate: Cuomo Must Step Up, Help MTA Financially

Without that money, MTA chief Tom Prendergast says the agency needs to better manage overcrowding.

03/25/2015

People wait to board an uptown 6 train at Union Square Station on January 28, 2015. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

MTA Chairman Warns Of Dire Consequences If Funding Isn’t Found For Transit Improvements

More subway delays? That could be the future for New Yorkers if lawmakers don’t agree on how to pay for improvements to the city’s aging mass transit system.

02/25/2015

An R train travels through Brooklyn. (credit: CBSNY)

Former MTA Bosses Unite To Endorse $32B Capital Plan

Five former heads of the MTA came together Tuesday to say it will be money well spent.

01/13/2015

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MTA Begins Public Hearings On Plans For Toll And Fare Hikes

Among the proposals is raising the base fare on the MetroCard from $2.50 to $2.75 while increasing the bonus on a pay-per-ride MetroCard.

12/01/2014

New York City Subway and Bus Fares May Increase

Advocate: MTA Fare Hike May Be Fair And Necessary

Nobody likes a fare hike when it comes to public transportation, but a straphangers’ advocate said Saturday that a hike may be fair and necessary for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

11/15/2014

A No. 7 train arrives at the new 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station on Dec. 20, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller)

Straphangers Report Names No. 7 Line Best In NYC Subway System

Straphangers Campaign spokesman Gene Russianoff told D’Auria the worst line is the No. 2, which runs from Brooklyn College to Pelham in the Bronx.

07/30/2014

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MTA Eyes Surveillance Cameras On All Subway Cars

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it’s “studying the possibility of installing surveillance cameras in future subway car models.”

06/24/2014

FILE -- People wait for a train in Brooklyn. (credit: Getty Images)

Straphangers Campaign Report: Subway Delay Alerts Jumped 35% In 2 Years

The number of alerts issued about MTA subway delays has jumped 35 percent in the past two years, according to a report released Tuesday by a watchdog group.

05/06/2014

A man swipes his MetroCard at the Union Square.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

MTA Chairman Warns Of Possible 12 Percent Fare Hike Next Year

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said issues between the agency and labor unions could result in an almost 12 percent fare hike next year, three times more than planned.

01/31/2014

Commuters wait for their train in the Union Square subway station March 9, 2009.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Straphangers Campaign Lists Best & Worst Transit Events Of 2013

“The year was – and for years to come will likely be – dominated by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” the group’s Gene Russianoff said in a statement.

12/11/2013

A subway pulls into the Lexington Ave. 86th Street station (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

MTA Outlines 20-Year Plan To Improve Service

Under the plan, much of the 109-year-old subway system would get an upgraded signal system similar to what’s already is use on the L and 7 lines.

10/03/2013

Voter helpline on primary day (Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Hotline Offering Assistance To NYC Voters Experiencing Issues On Primary Day

“It was pretty slow up to 6:20 [a.m.] and then kaboom,” Gene Russianoff with the New York Public Interest Research Group said of the calls into the hotline.

09/10/2013

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Advocacy Group: MTA Fares Could Jump To $3.75 In A Decade

It is only a projection, but an advocacy group warned Tuesday that if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority goes on raising fares as it has the past two times, a single subway or bus ride could cost $3.75 in 10 years.

07/30/2013

MTA New York City Transit senior staff including Senior Vice President of Subways Carmen Bianco, Vice President of Maintenance Joe Leader, Chief Electrical Officer Wynton Habersham, and Chief Transportation Officer Herbert Lambert visited the Montague Tubes on Mon., April 15, 2013. (credit: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit via Flickr)

Sandy-Damaged Subway Tunnel Closing For Repairs; Disruptions For R, G Riders

The closure will affect the R train, which carries tens of thousands of riders between Manhattan and southern Brooklyn. The work will likely begin in August and is expected to last 12 to 14 months.

06/05/2013

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