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A rusted girder at the 111th Street station. (credit: MTA Office of the Inspector General)

Report: Parts Of Subway Long Overdue For Safety Inspections

The auditors failed to find records of recent inspection for critical parts of the system, including defects like a rusted girder at the 111th Street station, the report said.


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Straphangers Campaign: Subway Delays Up In 2012, Early 2013

The study was based on MTA electronic alerts of so-called controllable delays — problems related to signals, switches and track.


MTA interim executive director Thomas Prendergast (L) and acting chairman Fernando Ferrer (R) at MTA headquarters. April 24, 2013.(credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

MTA Mulling How To Spend Growing Surplus

MTA interim executive director Tom Prendergast has made it clear that the fare hikes due to take effect in 2015 are not being pulled from the table.


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Old South Ferry Loop Station To Reopen Thursday Morning

The old loop station will be in operation in time for the morning commute, while the newer terminal continues to undergo extensive repairs.


New York City Subway (credit: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Straphangers Campaign Praises MTA’s Recovery After Sandy

The storm topped the 2012 “best” list because transit rebounded so quickly that New Yorkers considered it a “near miracle,” the advocacy group said.


Gene Russianoff announces the Pokey Award winners (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Two Manhattan Bus Routes Named Slowest In The City

The M66 and M42 have been awarded the 11th annual Pokey Award. Buses on both of the routes clocked in at 3.9 miles per hour.


MetroCard (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

MTA: No MetroCard Refunds For Superstorm Sandy Service Outages

Superstorm Sandy not only knocked out bus and subway service, it’s going to knock a hole in commuters’ pocketbooks.


MetroCard machine (file/Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

MTA Releases 4 Different Proposals Outlining Fare, Toll Hikes

The MTA said it’s necessary to raise rates to pay for costs it doesn’t have control over like debt service, pensions, energy and employee and retiree health care.


MetroCard (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Transit Advocates Frustrated By Likely MTA Fare Hikes

Transit advocates expressed frustration Saturday, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority prepares for its fourth fare hike in five years.

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Subway turnstile at Penn Station (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

MTA Considers Fare Hike Options, Including $125 Monthly MetroCard

When it comes to public transportation, one thing is certain, Metropolitan Transportation Authority fares are definitely going up. But the big question is how much?


Gene Russianoff (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Q Rated Best New York City Subway Line

The line scored above average on delays caused by mechanical breakdowns, seat availability during rush hour and subway car cleanliness.


A 2 Train at 96th Street - New York, NY - May 9, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Report: Signal, Mechanical Problems Cause Most Subway Alerts

A new report from the Straphangers Campaign cites signal and mechincal problems for about 2/3 of subway alerts in 2011.


Subway tracks are seen in New York, NY (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Straphangers Campaign, Transportation Alternatives Denounce MTA Capital Plan

Albany leaders have agreed to fund the last three years of the MTA’s current five-year capital plan, but it could mean fare hikes down the line.


From center: Port Authority chairman Patrick Foye, New York City Transit president Thomas Prendergast, City Councilman James Vacca, and transit advocate Gene Russianoff being questioned by former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams and current MTA board member Charles Moerdler - New York, NY - Mar 1, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

MTA’s Trash Can Free Subway Experiment Succeeding!

There were predictions the subway stations in an MTA experiment that removed trash cans would become landfills with rails. But there is early evidence the riding public is on board with the concept.


FILE - Commuters wait on the platform as a train arrives in the 23rd Street subway station during the morning rush hour in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

MTA Board Approves 2012 Budget: No Service Cuts Or Fare Hikes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board passed its spending and revenue blueprint for 2012, calling the budget fragile. There is some good news in it.