mta Tag All blog entries tagged as mta http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:51:00 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Senate Approves New MTA Chair http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/06/21/senate-approves-new-mta-chair- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/06/21/senate-approves-new-mta-chair- The State Senate approved Tom Prendergast as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at around 9:30 tonight.

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“Tom Prendergast has a proven track record of leadership and transportation expertise, especially when it comes to the managing the vast transportation network of the MTA,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “As Interim Executive Director, Tom was vital to the recovery of the MTA after Superstorm Sandy and he will continue to play a crucial role in making the MTA more modern, efficient and storm ready. I look forward to Tom’s continued success in running the nation’s largest transportation system.”

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Transportation advocate Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign praised Prendergrast:

"Tom's decades of running transit systems makes him an outstanding pick to be the Chairman and CEO of the MTA," said Russianoff in a statement. "Throughout his time in New York, he's been responsive and accessible to us and our colleagues who work to represent the needs of transit riders

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:08:05 +0000
Today's Headlines: Silver Moves to Oust Lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/17/todays-headlines-silver-moves-to-oust-lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/17/todays-headlines-silver-moves-to-oust-lopez

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced he is moving to expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez last night. Silver, facing a firestorm of criticism for his office's handling of the Lopez sexual harassment scandal is looking to take decisive action as soon as Monday. Silver refused to expel Lopez last year as the scandal broke but stripped Lopez of his seniority and committee assignments. Now, with more criticism focused on his office following the release of the Joint Commission on Public Ethic's damning report, Silver says he plans to introduce a resolution that according to his spokesman Michael Whyland will be, "voted on Monday to ask the Ethics & Guidance Committee to consider the full JCOPE report and to recommend appropriate sanctions including expulsion of Assemblymember Lopez." Earlier Thursday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the Assembly shouldconsider expelling Lopez. “The reaction from the legislature should be zero tolerance,” Cuomo said. “If he doesn't resign, he should be expelled.”


Other Stories We're Following

City to Sell Councilwoman's Debt to Collectors (Daily News)

Voting Machine Firm Offers City Help in Upcoming Election (Daily News)

Lopez's Girlfriend Sticks With Her man (Daily News)

De Blasio Offers Plan to Help Immigrants Assimilate (NY Times)

Quinn Attacks Thompson For D'Amato Cash (NY Times)

How Much Did Andrew Cuomo Make This Year? (Albany Times Union)

MTA Relying on Plywood, Sandbags For Hurricane Season (Daily News)

Suit Claims City's Gifted and Talented Selection Process is Flawed (Wall Street Journal)

Hakeem Jeffries Questions Eric Holder on Stop and Frisk (DNAinfo)

NYC Unemployment Rate Hits 4-Year Low (Crain's)

Rockaways A-Train Service to be Restored This Month (Crain's)

Squadron's Consultants Say He's Got The Money Edge In Public Advocate Race (Capital)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 17 May 2013 11:35:27 +0000
Cuomo Names Lhota's Replacement as MTA Chair http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/12/cuomo-names-lhotas-replacement-as-mta-chair- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/12/cuomo-names-lhotas-replacement-as-mta-chair- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named Tom Prendergrast as the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Prendergrast is filling a vacancy created by Joe Lhota who left to run for New York City mayor on the Republican ticket.

Prendergrast is a former MTA executive and has worked in transit for most of his career.

Here is Cuomo's statement on Prendergrast:

Tom Prendergast is a consummate public transit leader who is the ideal candidate to oversee the nation’s largest transportation system,” said Governor Cuomo. “The MTA plays a vital role in New York’s economy and the daily lives of the millions of commuters who use its services. Tom has vast experience in infrastructure and transportation and has spent years managing commuter railroads as well as New York City’s subways and buses. From the track bed to the budget to modernizing our system for the 21st Century, I can’t imagine anyone having a better understanding of how the region’s vast system operates and the challenges that it faces.

Here is Prendergrast's statement on being nominated:

It is an incredible honor to be nominated to lead the largest transportation network in North America, and to work with Governor Cuomo and his administration on the many challenges facing the MTA,” Prendergast said. “The MTA will improve the customer experience, operate more efficiently and build for the future. And we will aggressively rebuild smarter and better in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Governor Cuomo has demonstrated his strong support of the MTA in fully funding our capital plan, in allocating additional funding to the MTA in his latest budget, and of course in his leadership during and after Sandy struck. I look forward to working with the governor, his management team, the MTA Board and the 66,000 dedicated employees of the MTA family.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:47:55 +0000
Today's Report: State of the Subway Platforms http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/transportation/2013/03/07/todays-report-state-of-the-subway-platforms- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/transportation/2013/03/07/todays-report-state-of-the-subway-platforms- The New York Public Interest Groups Straphanger's Campaign Second Annual Platform Survey found that conditions at subway platforms have mostly improved or stayed the same since last year. Only water damage and graffiti increased. Riders still have a one in ten chance of seeing a rat. (read the full report)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) Transportation Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:07:37 +0000
Today's Headlines: Assembly Approves Fracking Moratorium http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/07/todays-headlines-assembly-approves-fracking-moratorium http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/07/todays-headlines-assembly-approves-fracking-moratorium

The state Assembly voted yesterday for a 24-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, apparently emboldened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to hold off on allowing the natural gas drilling process in New York state. In a statement defending the bill, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said a moratorium was necessary to allow for sufficient time to thoroughly study the issue. “We need to better understand the broad impacts to our environment, our economy, and the health and safety of all who work and live in New York before the Department of Environmental Conservation makes its decision," he said. Supporters of fracking condemned the move saying fracking will bring a needed boost to the upstate economy. The bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate although members of the Independent Democratic Conference have proposed a similar measure. The Assembly bill also requires a health impact assessment to be carried out using a model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.


Other Stories We're Following

Cuomo to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Campaign Finance Reform (Capital Tonight)

State Budget Deadline May Be Even Earlier Than Usual (Daily News)

in Albany, Teacher Union's Lobbying Power Remains Unmatched (Gotham Schools)

Panel Discusses Future Sandy-Like Storms (NY 1)

Silver Says MMA Will be Legal in NY 'At Some Point' (Daily News)

Officials Vow to Stop Municipal Parking Rate Increases (NY Post)

Wal-Mart Scales Back Efforts to Have Store in NYC (NY Times)

Carion Defends Use of PAC (Wall Street Journal)

State Senator Double Dips in Tax Relief Program (Albany Times Union)

Federal Government Releases $193 Million to MTA For Sandy Repair (Daily News)

Support For Cuomo Declines Upstate (Wall Street Journal)

Attorney With Ties To Bronx Dems Gets Lucrative Receiverships (Riverdale Press)

Low-Income NYers Took Brunt Of Sandy Hit, Reports Say (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:04:37 +0000
Today's Lead Story: Subway Fares To Go Up In March http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/20/todays-lead-story-subway-fares-to-go-up-in-march http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/20/todays-lead-story-subway-fares-to-go-up-in-march

Millions of riders who rely on the subways and buses to get around the city will have to pay more for the base fare beginning in March. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously yesterday to approve the rate increases, even though some members voiced regrets that the city's commuters pay too much in fares. "We are not the fat, profligate, out-of-control agency that people make the MTA out to be. We've done everything we can to control costs," said board Chairman Joe Lhota, who also announced yesterday he would leave his job to explore a run for mayor.

In the Press...

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:15:48 +0000
Today's Lead: MTA Chief Quits for Mayoral Bid http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/19/todays-lead-mta-chief-quits-for-mayoral-bid- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/19/todays-lead-mta-chief-quits-for-mayoral-bid- Joseph Lhota, the M.T.A. chairman, will step down on Friday and is expected run for mayor as a Republican. A law prevents him from entering the race while holding the chairmanship. He's received widespread praise for his response to Superstorm Sandy. But the agency will adopt its new budget on Wednesday, and is expected to vote on approving a slate of fare and toll increases. It is likely he'd face primary challengers as well.

In the Press...

No Clear Link Between Cancer and 9/11 Debris, Study Finds (NY Times)

9/11 Cancer Study Won't Settle Debate Over Risks (Associated Press)

Flood Insurance Program Provides Money to Elevate Homes Above Flood Level (Daily News)

In Staten Island, Sandy Victims Struggle With Housing Options (WNYC)

Life in the Projects: A Shift to Violence (WNYC)

Cost-Cut Ideas Forwarded to Governor (Albany Times Union)

Task Force Report Tells of Danger, Cuomo Lauds His Administration (Associated Press)

Council Passes Bill to Increase City Contracts for Minority Businesses (Gotham Gazette)

City Council to Fight Extreme Weather With Legislation (Gotham Gazette)

Frank J. Macchiarola, NYC Schools Chancellor From 1978-1983, Dies at 71 (NY Times)

Today's Report

Sandy's Impact on Immigrant Communities in NY Area
More than a month after Superstorm Sandy, many New Yorkers continue to struggle with the devastation of their homes, neighborhoods and livelihoods. One group that has faced particular challenges, but has received little attention, are the region’s thousands of immigrants. (read the full report)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:13:20 +0000
Headlines: Cold Front Threatens Sandy Victims http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/05/headlines-cold-front-threatens-sandy-victims http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/05/headlines-cold-front-threatens-sandy-victims Between 20,000 and 40,000 were left homeless in the city by Sandy. About half of those are public-housing residents. The 115,000 people in the Rockaways remain without power, as do thousands more in Red Hook and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, and New Dorp Beach on Staten Island. A cold snap is making this particularly problematic. Also, a nor’easter with 35-45mph sustained winds is likely to hit on Wednesday night, possibly bringing moderate flooding in areas already impacted by extreme flooding from Sandy.

Although the majority of the subway system is reopened, rail switch and signal failures will continue. It could also take several months to restore the A train to the Rockaways.

Fifty-nine polling places will be affected, and Mayor Bloomberg expresses little confidence the Board of Elections will manage it very well. The board still hasn't appointed an executive director and their Manhattan headquarters had no power all week. Those who can't get to their polling places may to go to the Board of Election's borough offices and vote until 5 p.m. today.

The city had been inundated with people dropping off goods, so officials and other groups are suggesting they give money, and possibly coats, instead. Dozens of buildings near the water’s edge, especially in the financial district, are weeks or months away from reopening. The fuel shortage could last for several more days. Currently 27 percent of gas stations in the area are empty. Major crime dropped significantly in the storm's wake, but burglaries saw a 3 percent increase. Generators, heaters, and other supplies for the canceled marathon remained unused in Central Park. More than 100 New York City public schools will remain closed today.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:36:30 +0000
Headlines: Traffic Emergency, Recovery Continues http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/01/headlines-traffic-emergency-recovery-continues- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/01/headlines-traffic-emergency-recovery-continues-

Today's Lead Stories...

Partial Transit Restored, Free Rides


Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a traffic emergency for today and Friday making mass transit free for those using the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's busses and trains. "The service in many cases is limited, the service in many cases will be crowded," Cuomo said at a late night press conference in the city. The move came afterimmense gridlock Wednesday. City busses were jammed with commuters and gas lines stretched for over half a mile. Commuters who wish to drive into the city will have to car pool. The entire transportation infrastructure has yet to be restored with flooding still impeding some routes but partial service has been restored. Check out the MTA's post-storm stubway map.




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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:33:46 +0000
Post-Storm Subway Service Map http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/post-storm-subway-service-map http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/post-storm-subway-service-map This is a map of the post-storm subway service, released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

Service is estimated to resume at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000
Cuomo Announces Partial MTA Service Restoration For Tomorrow http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/cuomo-announces-partial-mta-service-restoration-for-tomorrow- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/cuomo-announces-partial-mta-service-restoration-for-tomorrow-

Here is an update from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Metropolitan Transportation Authority restorations that will start tomorrow morning:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced when limited subway, Metro North, and LIRR service will resume.

The following is an up-to-date service status list of the MTA operating agencies including New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and Bridges and Tunnels.

NYCT SUBWAY SERVICE:
EFFECTIVE TOMORROW MORNING PRIOR TO RUSH HOUR

1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

3 trains are suspended.

4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
· Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.

7 trains are suspended.

42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.

A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
· Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

B and C service is suspended.

D trains operate in two sections:
· Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
· In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street

E trains are suspended.

F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
· In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X

G trains are suspended.

J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.

L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.

M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.

Q trains are suspended.

R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.

Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.

SHUTTLE BUSES:
EFFECTIVE TOMORROW PRIOR TO RUSH HOUR

All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge

LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD:
EFFECTIVE 2:00PM TODAY

Brooklyn - (Jamaica-Brooklyn): Hourly service

City Terminal – (Jamaica - Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)

Ronkonkoma Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)

Port Washington Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)

Babylon Branch: Suspended

Port Jefferson Branch: Suspended

Montauk Branch: Suspended

Hempstead Branch: Suspended

Long Beach: Suspended

Far Rockaway: Suspended

Oyster Bay Branch: Suspended

West Hempstead: Suspended

METRO-NORTH:
EFFECTIVE 2:00PM TODAY

Hudson Line: Suspended

Upper Harlem Line: Suspended

Lower Harlem Line: Restored with hourly service

New Haven Line: Suspended

New Canaan Branch: Suspended

Danbury Branch: Suspended

Waterbury Branch: Suspended

West-of-Hudson:
Pascack Valley: Suspended
Port Jervis: Suspended

BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: Open

Henry Hudson Bridge: Open

Throgs Neck Bridge: Open

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge: Open

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: Open

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: Open

Cross Bay Veterans Memorial: Open northbound to Broad Chanel; Open southbound to Rockaways but subject to period closures for emergency equipment

Hugh L. Carey Tunnel: Closed

Queens Midtown Tunnel: Closed

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:06:15 +0000
Headlines: Damage and Recovery From Sandy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/headlines-damage-and-recovery-from-sandy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/31/headlines-damage-and-recovery-from-sandy

Superstorm Sandy left at least 2 million homes and businesses across the state and about 800,000 customers in the city and Westchester remained without power yesterday. More than half of Staten Island is without power, and over a quarter of Manhattan is in the dark. In Manhattan there are no streetlights South of 25th St. on the Westside. The substation in the East Village that exploded was designed to withstand a 12.5 foot surge but was hit with a surge of 14 feet. Customers served by underground lines in Brooklyn and Manhattan are likely to have their power restored within four days. Bloomberg promised "a very heavy police presence" in the darkened neighborhoods. Thirteen people have been arrested for crimes that included looting.

The death toll for the city is now 22. Untreated sewage is flowing into waterways from more than a dozen locations around the city. A crane still dangles from a skyscraper in Midtown and could be there for weeks. The World Trade Center is flooded. Sand is piled up to 2 feet high on the Coney Island boardwalk. At least 111 homes were destroyed by fires in Breezy Point, Queens in a blaze among the worst residential fires in New York since the Fire Department was established in 1865.

Much of the Tristate region has been declared a major disaster area, and FEMA will distribute billions of dollars in aid, which will be a test for the troubled agency. Many homeowners who thought their insurance policies covered floods are likely to have been mistaken - a common error - while others' policies have lapsed or won't cover all the damage.

The MTA is unaware of any permanent damage to the system but is still offering no estimate for when service will be restored. Buses have started running on some routes and could return to full service by sometime today.

Many are hoping the storm will finally push New York to prepare for climate change. “Three of the top 10 highest floods at the Battery since 1900 happened in the last two and a half years," Ben Strauss, director of the sea level rise program at the research group Climate Central in Princeton, N.J. "If that’s not a wake-up call to take this seriously, I don’t know what is." Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state should consider a levee system or storm surge barriers, although Mayor Bloomberg says he is focusing on recovery for the city. Some individual parts of Sandy and its wrath seem to be influenced by climate change, several climate scientists said, but its not clear that can be said for the storm itself. Sandy broke coastal flood records for New York City by more than three feet above the previous record and more than double the range between the previous top ten.

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View from below of the Brooklyn Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Image by Barry Yanowitz, used under Creative Commons license.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:38:52 +0000
Headlines: Sandy Hits Hard http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/30/headlines-sandy-hits-hard http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/30/headlines-sandy-hits-hard

The superstorm named Sandy brought flooding and power outages to the city with surges higher than the estimated 10 to 12 feet, but few deaths were reported.

The MTA is calling this the worst disaster in its history and an extended shutdown looms. Officials said it could take between 14 hours to four days to clear water from the tunnels.

At least 660,000 customers in New York had lost power as of late Monday night, and Con Ed says it could be a week before everyone gets power back. A customer is an individual meter, so the actual number of people affected is higher. Some 5.2 million people were left without electricity across the region. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm.

The city's storm shelters didn't reach 4 percent of their total capacity, even though Mayor Bloomberg urged 375,000 people in evacuation zones to leave, including 45,000 public housing residents. Cops with bullhorns drove building to building in the projects and Housing Authority workers knocked on doors.

Flooding overwhelmed Red Hook and Lower Manhattan. One of the units at Indian Point nuclear power plant was shut down. The boom of a construction crane for one of Manhattan's tallest residential towers was broken in the storm and dangles high above the city. 911 received 10 times more calls than usual.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:38:08 +0000
In The Press: Islanders Moving To Brooklyn; Obesity Costs; Phantom Funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/25/in-the-press-islanders-moving-to-brooklyn-obesity-costs-phantom-funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/25/in-the-press-islanders-moving-to-brooklyn-obesity-costs-phantom-funds

The New York Islanders will leave its suburban home in Nassau County and move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015. "Not very long ago, I think it's fair to say the idea of a big-league team coming to Brooklyn would have been considered little more than a pipe dream," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference yesterday announcing the news. But some residents were unhappy about the announcement, wondering whether fans of the professional hockey team would exacerbate traffic problems caused by the new arena. “They are a Long Island team and there are more drivers,” Peter Krashes of the Dean St. Block Association/Atlantic Yards Watch told the Daily News. “Things are likely to get worse, not better.”

In the Press...

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:40:12 +0000
Headlines: MTA Likely to Hike Base Fare http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/23/headlines-mta-likely-to-hike-base-fare- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/23/headlines-mta-likely-to-hike-base-fare-

M.T.A. Chairman Joseph Lhaota said yesterday that the base fare ride for subways and buses would likely rise when then agency votes on a fare hike plan in December. The move affects the least amount of riders, since only 15 percent buy MetroCards under $10, which don't receive bonuses. But those are also often the poorest riders. Lhota also said he'd lobby for more money from the state, which contributes less to mass transit than others with large cities.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:31:36 +0000
Headlines: MTA Fare Hike Proposals; Rubber Rooms; Earlier Primaries http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/16/headlines-mta-fare-hike-proposals-rubber-rooms-earlier-primaries- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/16/headlines-mta-fare-hike-proposals-rubber-rooms-earlier-primaries-

The M.T.A. revealed its four fare hike proposals today. Two would increase the base fare to $2.50 from $2.25 while raising the cost of unlimited MetroCards. The others wouldn't alter the base fare but would increase unlimiteds substantially. Chairman Joseph Lhota said he prefers a hybrid of the proposals. He also ruled out eliminating the bonus for pay-per-ride cards, which makes two of the proposals unlikely to pass. Costs for commuter trains, as well as bridge and tunnel crossings, will also rise. The MTA is looking for another $450 million a year from users. Fares and tolls are expected to rise again in 2015. They vote on the proposals in December.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:58:47 +0000
A Better Way to Fund the MTA http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/16/a-better-way-to-fund-the-mta- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/16/a-better-way-to-fund-the-mta- This report by the Citizens Budget Commission proposes a new way to fund the M.T.A. called "25-50-25". It recommends that auto user fees cover all drivers' facilities, plus 25 percent of mass transit services. Then mass transit user fees would cover another 50 percent of the operating costs of those services. And state and local tax subsidies would cover the final 25 percent of transit operating costs plus “catch-up” capital investments needed to bring the system to a state of good repair.

The 25-50-25 policy would mean that mass transit riders would pay higher – but still reasonable – fares. The cost of a single ride ticket would increase to at least $2.75 by 2016 but in constant dollars a subway ride would cost at most three cents more than it did in 1996. Motorists would face increased costs for the use of their vehicles, in the range of $167 to $293 more annually, but the charges would be consistent with those in other global metropolises and related to the benefits drivers derive from a well-functioning transportation system.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:55:22 +0000
Riders, Motorists Should Pay More to Finance City's Transit System, Group Says http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/10/riders-motorists-should-pay-more-to-finance-citys-transit-system-group-says http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/10/riders-motorists-should-pay-more-to-finance-citys-transit-system-group-says

A nonpartisan civic organization envisions a future where transit riders, and motorists who use tunnels and bridges, pay more to help finance the city's public transportation system.

The Citizens Budget Commission recommends that the financing of mass transit be divided using a 25-50-25 formula among the major sources of revenue that include fares, tolls, tax subsidies and other fees.

If each category of funder – driver, transit rider and general taxpayer – contributes to the cost of the region’s mass transit system in accordance with these principles, it will get the MTA off the wrong track and chart a better route for the region’s economic future. By 2016 the 25-50-25 policy would provide nearly $2.6 billion in additional annual revenue without new taxes.

The 25-50-25 policy would mean that mass transit riders would pay higher – but still reasonable – fares. The cost of a single ride ticket would increase to at least $2.75 by 2016 but in constant dollars a subway ride would cost at most three cents more than it did in 1996. Motorists would face increased costs for the use of their vehicles, in the range of $167 to $293 more annually, but the charges would be consistent with those in other global metropolises and related to the benefits drivers derive from a well-functioning transportation system.

The complete report, "A Better Way to Pay for the MTA," can be downloaded here.

Image of trains courtesy canihazit, used under Creative Commons license.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:14:36 +0000
Headlines: MTA finances improved; Council redistricting called unfair http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/03/headlines-mta-finances-improved-council-redistricting-called-unfair http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/03/headlines-mta-finances-improved-council-redistricting-called-unfair

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the M.T.A.'s finances have improved after years of crises thanks to increased ridership, higher tax collection, and cost-cutting measures. But he noted that fare hikes outpace inflation and financing sources for future projects remain unclear. The legal challenge to the payroll tax was also raised as a significant hurdle. Meanwhile, the state budget has generally stabilized from the recent past, when it lurched from multi-billion dollar crisis to crisis, he said.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:32:31 +0000