However trendy it may be to knock the G, a new report finds that the oft-ridiculed subway line continues to outperform its reputation, while delays along the neighboring L train have gotten dramatically worse.
Former M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota, who's running as a Republican for mayor this year, explained why he thought New York City should control its subways and bridges on NY1 last night.
Yesterday, the Democratic candidates for mayor talked about infrastructure, and how they would pay for its improvement.
Their solutions: take on more debt, tap into the pension funds, and plead for help from the federal government.(2)
Responding to political pressure, on TK, the M.T.A. nixed the flashing blue lights on its rapid bus service. The result, say sources, is inferior service.(3)
New York City's subway platforms have more graffiti, more water damage, less exposed wiring and slightly fewer rats, according to a new survey released today.
A reminder from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli: East Side Access, the M.T.A. project that will enable Long Island Railroad customers to disembark in Grand Central Terminal, is way over budget and behind schedule.
And now, a friendly reminder from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Starting at 12:01 am on Sunday morning, the subway will cost you more money.
Whatever nominal headway former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota made in winning over the reflexively anti-M.T.A. politicians of the suburbs seems to have been as short-lived as his chairmanship.
Today, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli faulted the M.T.A. for letting more than $90 million just sit there when, "in these tough times, every dollar counts.”
“Our auditors identified several ways in which the MTA could vastly improve how it manages its cash and investments. The MTA must do better," said the comptroller, in a statement.
This morning, someone committed suicide by jumping in front of an uptown No. 2 train as it pulled into Times Square. Yesterday, a woman jumped in front of a train at the Bedford Avenue stop on the L line.(1)
Today, Joe Lhota, the former M.T.A. chairman and Giuliani deputy mayor, filed his papers with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. He is now, officially, running for mayor.
He made the announcement via one of his preferred communication methods, Twitter, using a brand new handle: @JoeLhota4Mayor: "It's official. @joelhota is a candidate to be the 109th Mayor of NYC following filings w BD of Elections and NYCCFB."
At the tail end of his tweet was a link to what is presumably a preview of his campaign literature. It reads:
A Mayor for All of New York
Today, school bus drivers initiated their first strike in decades, leaving more than 100,000 schoolchildren without an easy way to get to school. Thus far, however, the M.T.A. is reporting no problems accommodating extra students.
Now that Joe Lhota has left the M.T.A., the M.T.A. is considering a small-scale introduction of platform screen doors, as a subway-pusher prevention measure.
"It's obvious I'm not at the M.T.A. anymore, because they're talking about doing that," cracked Lhota today, during his remarks at the New York Building Congress.
"I would not have left the M.T.A., a job and position that I loved, if I was not going to run for mayor of New York," said Joe Lhota today.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that, in an ideal world, mass transit would be free. Finally, his dream has come true—not in New York City, where it will almost certainly never happen, but in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
As of January 1, Tallinn residents have been able to take trolleys, buses and trams for free.(5)