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  • 'Mass Hysteria' Causes Stampede at NYC Subway Station: NYPD

    06/21/2016 8:21:20 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 43 replies
    NBC4 New York ^ | 6/21/16 | Lori Bordonaro
    "All they said was just, 'Run, run, run, run,'" one commuter recalled. "People getting stampeded, getting trampled, bags flying. It's crazy right now" Dozens of commuters ran out of a crowded Manhattan subway station Tuesday morning after one straphanger thought someone claimed to have a gun, according to the NYPD. Straphangers stampeded out of the Central Park North - 110th Street subway station in Harlem at about 9 a.m. in what police are calling mass hysteria. Authorities said the commotion spurred from a fight between two people on a 2 train. It's not clear what led straphangers to believe someone...
  • AFDI ads banned but New York’s MTA must run ‘Muslim’ ads in subways: judge

    10/08/2015 8:44:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    The courts are playing fast and loose with our first amendment rights, again. Having been in the middle of the free speech fight now for the better part of ten years, I can tell you we are witnessing the shredding of our constitutional rights.
  • Human Flesh-Craving Squirrels Are Attacking MTA Workers

    05/30/2015 7:30:43 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 88 replies ^ | 29MAY2015 | Staff Writer
    Earlier this month, a squirrel in the Bronx bit an MTA worker's finger, sending her to the hospital. Now, it appears squirrels have developed a taste for salty, delectable people flesh—a second MTA worker has been attacked by a squirrel, this time in the train car of a Coney Island-bound Q train. It's unclear whether the same squirrel was coming back for seconds, or if the city's squirrel population has teamed up with the coyotes to rid the city of all non-littering humans. This week's squirrel-sourced aggression occurred at around 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, near the Cortelyou Road Q station....
  • Report: NYC Cops Arrested Men for ‘Manspreading’ on the Subway

    05/30/2015 11:21:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 89 replies
    National Review ^ | May 28, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Smash the patriarchy! New York police allegedly arrested two men for “manspreading” (sitting with their legs far apart) on the subway, according to a report entitled “That’s How They Get You” released by the Police Reform Organizing Project. “On a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklyn’s criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of ‘man spreading’ on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders,” the report states.
  • Whistleblower alleges pay scam at Second Avenue Subway project

    04/06/2015 4:34:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | april 6, 2015 | rebecca harshbarger
    A Second Avenue Subway subcontractor filled its job site with cheap apprentices, then billed at a much steeper rate, a former worker charges. “There’s a common saying down there — the MTA is the ATM. You get money if you’re standing,” said disgusted whistleblower Alexander Maack to The Post about contractors’ attitudes towards big projects. “Just show up for the day and you make the boss a profit.” The MTA Inspector General’s office confirmed that it is investigating the allegation. Maack, 42, said he began working for Celtic Sheet Metal — which sub-contracts for city contractors E. E. Cruz and...
  • 30 injured, 2 critical, in Southern California commuter train collision with truck

    02/24/2015 8:14:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Fox News
    At least 30 people were injured, including two critically, Tuesday morning when a Metrolink commuter train collided with a tractor-trailer truck on the tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. Oxnard police Sgt. Denise Shadinger said the crash was reported at 5:44 a.m. Shadinger said the truck became fully engulfed in flames. Authorities are describing the scene as a multi-casualty incident. Details of the injuries were not immediately clear.
  • Former MTA bus driver charged in mass attack on family

    10/20/2014 11:59:37 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | 10/20/14
    Police: Family of 3 beaten up by several teens after argument with bus driver BALTIMORE —A former Maryland Transit Administration bus driver is facing several charges after a family claimed she got several teens to beat them up after one of the victims got into an argument with her. GIBSON-FISHER FAMILY Gibson-Fisher family Logan Fisher, Kristina Gibson and Christopher Fisher VIEW LARGE Mobile users tap here to watch video Former MTA bus driver Karen Murphy left district court in northwest Baltimore on Thursday after her first court appearance to answer to multiple charges of assault and conspiracy. Court documents said...
  • Subway Manspreaders Told: Close Your Legs And Let Other People Ride

    12/21/2014 11:13:07 AM PST · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 20, 2012 | Amanda Holpuch
    Subway Manspreaders Told: Close Your Legs And Let Other People Ride Poster campaign will attempt to stop antisocial practice Doctors say crossing legs will not affect reproductive powers. Amanda Holpuch Saturday 20 December 2014 Comments As 2014 comes to an end, one thing New York commuters can expect in 2015 is an official city campaign against a growing problem: “manspreading”. Manspreading is the act or practice – typically male – of spreading one’s legs in a manner which prevents others from occupying nearby seats on the subway, commuter train or bus. A Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) spokesman, Kevin Ortiz, described...
  • A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs. (Manspreading)

    12/20/2014 12:14:03 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2014 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    It is the bane of many female subway riders. It is a scourge tracked on blogs and on Twitter. And it has a name almost as distasteful as the practice itself. It is manspreading, the lay-it-all-out sitting style that more than a few men see as their inalienable underground right. Now passengers who consider such inelegant male posture as infringing on their sensibilities — not to mention their share of subway space — have a new ally: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Taking on manspreading for the first time, the authority is set to unveil public service ads that encourage men...
  • Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway...

    12/20/2014 2:57:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | By Mail Online Reporter
    Full Title: Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway about the space they consume It is a gripe that frustrates subway riders daily: men with their legs splayed. So one woman decided to confront male commuters about the amount of space they consume. The investigation comes a month before New York City's MTA launches a campaign targeting 'manspreaders'.
  • Bender Shuts Down New Haven Line

    08/22/2014 10:46:37 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 15 replies
    Railpace Newsmagazine ^ | August, 2014 | staff
    On June 20 Metro-North's New Haven Line was shut down for nearly three hours as a result of a junior high student's cardboard robot having been left on an overhead bridge near the Metro-North station at Fairfield, CT. At About 5:30 a.m., a town street sweeper saw it and alerted the Fairfield police who, in turn called in MTA police and a State Police bomb squad and helicopter to seal off nearby streets and investigate; this action also caused M-NR to suspend service. It took the investigators nearly three hourse to realize that the "suspicious object" was merely a homemade...
  • New York taxi driver allegedly avoided paying more than $28K in tolls by tailgating other drivers

    04/23/2014 2:01:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Yahoo Odd News ^ | April 18, 2014 4:29 PM | Will Lerner
    In New York, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced yesterday that a taxi driver, 69-year-old Rodolfo Sanchez, has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) by, “crossing the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Bridge and entering the Midtown Tunnel without making a toll payment on more than four thousand separate occasions by ‘piggybacking’ on cars directly in front of his cab between 2012 and 2014.” District Attorney Brown says that Mr. Sanchez would tailgate the a vehicle in front of his cab, “thus allowing both vehicles to pass through the toll lane before the...
  • Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just Before Train Derailment, Sources Say

    12/03/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    dnainfo ^ | December 3, 2013 | By Murray Weiss
    MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned. Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said. He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at...
  • Officials: 4 Dead After Metro-North Train Derails In The Bronx

    12/01/2013 7:32:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12.01.13
    Four people were killed and 63 injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx, officials said. All of the train’s seven cars came off the curved track about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., MTA officials said. One car came to rest feet from the water.
  • Grand Central Terminal Bomb Scare Reroutes Trains, Fires Up Twitter

    02/25/2013 12:39:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 11:02pm | Jess Wisloski
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down service of its shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central on Sunday night, and briefly had 4, 5 and 6 trains bypassing the station after a bomb scare halted activity to the transit hub, according to MTA officials. The NYPD would not comment on whether or not there had been a bomb threat in the station, and initially referred all inquiries to the MTA. At 9:40 p.m. a spokeswoman for the MTA subway system confirmed that the Times Square shuttle had been shut down, and 4, 5 and 6 trains were skipping the station...
  • The First Freedom (Vandal of pro-Israel subway ad arrested)

    09/25/2012 10:16:51 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | September 26, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Truth wins out. So much for the freelance Mukhabarat’s efforts at squelching Pamela Geller’s voice. For more on the arrest of a former Guardian journalist-shocking, I know-who’s as conversant with the 1st Amendment as Barack Obama is with comparative religion and American history, check out updated coverage from Jihad Watch which includes the New York Post article and the video detailing my friend’s gutsy tutorial in expressive advocacy and constitutionally protected speech. Is this what progressive Islam looks like? Count me out. Hat Tip: Vigilant Squirrel Brigade.
  • After nearly a half-century, Maryland House to close its doors

    09/11/2012 12:01:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 8, 2012 | Candy Thomson
    At one minute past midnight on Sept. 16, a state landmark known by millions of motorists will go dark. Employees will say their goodbyes before the doors and off-ramps are barricaded at Maryland House, the Interstate 95 travel plaza in Harford County that opened in 1963. Within weeks, wrecking crews will level the neo-Georgian brick structure to make way for a new building, the flagship of an ambitious public-private partnership valued at a half-billion dollars. The same night, the smaller Chesapeake House in Cecil County will change as new vendors replace old ones. In a year, it too will come...
  • State looks at all-electronic toll collection

    03/14/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 13, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection. A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority concluded that converting its seven toll plazas is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million. Transportation officials initiated the study as they look for long-term savings and ways to reduce travel time and increase highway safety. "It's something we're interested in doing. It's something the industry is moving toward. But it's complicated and we're in the earliest stages," said Harold Bartlett, the transportation authority's executive secretary. At least eight states...
  • Two I-95 travel plazas to be rebuilt in revenue-sharing plan

    01/23/2012 8:41:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 23, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland has taken the first step toward replacing its two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore with expansive, airy welcome centers filled with amenities and operated by a company with years of experience serving travelers. The two-year, $56 million project to rebuild Maryland House and Chesapeake House as a public-private partnership with Areas USA was approved Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. The deal requires the approval of the Board of Public Works next month and review by the General Assembly. The state would retain ownership and oversight of the plazas, while Areas USA would operate and...
  • In New York, the Subway and Much Else Are Shut Amid Fears of Flooding

    08/27/2011 7:37:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 27, 2011 | JAMES BARRON
    A view of Manhattan from New Jersey. Andrew Sandine and Sarah Nunnally, from California, said Saturday that they would stay in a shelter until the storm passed. Hurricane Irene charged toward New York on Saturday evening, with the city all but closed down in anticipation of what forecasters said could be violent winds with the power to drive a wall of water over the beaches in the Rockaways and between the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. The subway system, one of the city’s trademarks, had shut down in the middle of the day. The city worked to complete its evacuation of...
  • New York Subways Are Shut Down as Hurricane Irene Nears

    New York became a city without one of its trademarks — the nation’s largest subway system — on Saturday as Hurricane Irene charged northward and the city prepared to face powerhouse winds that could drive a wall of water over the beaches in the Rockaways and between the skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan. Multimedia New York City Braces for Irene Slide Show Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall Interactive Map Hurricane Tracker: Irene Interactive The Preparations for Hurricane Irene and Reports of Damage Interactive Map: New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zones Interactive Feature: Scenes From the Storm: Readers’ Photos of Hurricane Irene Related...
  • MTA Officers Detain Man For Taking Pictures (Lie to him/detain him)

    06/02/2011 8:48:45 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Baltimore ( ^ | 01 JUN 11 | Pat Warren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Transit Administration says more training may be called for after three MTA officers detained a man for taking pictures at a light rail station. Pat Warren has more on the incident. According to the ACLU, this isn’t the first time MTA Police have overstepped their bounds. In a YouTube posting, Christopher Fussell left the camera rolling when he was confronted by three MTA officers for taking pictures at the Baltimore Cultural Light Rail Station. “It is my understanding that I am free to take pictures as long as it’s not for commercial purposes but for...
  • Cash-poor MTA may put recipients of unemployment benefits to work again cleaning subways

    03/29/2011 7:39:41 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/29/11 | Lisa Eadicicco and Pete Donohue
    The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city's Work Experience Program - which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks. "This is a program that has a proven track record of doing three things: providing low-cost cleaning help for the subway; providing job training to people who need it, and leading directly to full-time employment for many of the people who participate in the program," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said. Read more:
  • MTA eyes sliding doors on subway platforms to prevent falls onto tracks, litter thrown onto rails

    02/01/2011 6:16:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 1, 2011 | Peter Donohue
    The MTA may install sliding mechanical doors on subway platforms so riders can't fall, jump - or get pushed to the tracks. The metal-and-glass doors would be part of a barrier along a platform's edge and would open only after a train stops at the station, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority document shows. The system would help prevent tragic incidents, like the Sunday morning death on the L train tracks of 24-year-old Brendan Mahoney in Brooklyn, officials said. And it would protect riders from killers like Andrew Goldstein, the mental patient who shoved 32-year-old Kendra Webdale to her death in front...
  • Diesel era ends for MTA buses (natural gas buses more expensive to buy and maintain)

    01/12/2011 9:39:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/12/11 | Dan Weikel
    After almost two decades of effort to reduce vehicle emissions, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will retire its last diesel bus Wednesday and become the only major transit agency in the nation with a fleet that is totally equipped with alternative-fuel technologies. In an urban area where diesel buses began operating in 1940, the MTA now has 2,221 buses powered by compressed natural gas, as well as one electric bus and six gasoline-electric hybrids. Transit officials estimate that the elimination of diesel engines has reduced the release of cancer-causing particulates from the bus fleet by 80% and greenhouse...
  • $9 Billion Subway-to-Sea Rip-off.( Choo-choo alert! )

    09/27/2010 3:57:57 AM PDT · by Leisler · 35 replies
    L.A. Weekly ^ | Sep 23 2010 | Patrick Range McDonald
    When USC professor and transportation expert James Moore heard the findings several days ago that the $9 billion Subway to the Sea won't relieve congestion on the Westside, as vowed by Antonio Villaraigosa, Moore was among a number of transportation insiders who wasn't stunned. "I didn't need an Environmental Impact Report to know that," says Moore, iconoclastic director of transportation engineering at USC, referring to an environmental study by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Moore says the truth about how Metro plans to use up to $9 billion in sales taxes being paid by 8 million consumers in Los Angeles County...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Censored, File Suit

    08/10/2010 7:01:12 AM PDT · by scottfactor ^ | 08/10/2010 | Gina Miller
    (Editor’s Note: Since this article was written, the MTA has come down from the three-day drunk they must have been on and decided to run the ads. Gina’s article is very informative, so please keep reading!)In New York, the inmates are running the asylum. Pamela Geller, with the group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the American Freedom Defense Initiative, contracted with CBS Outdoor to place "Preservation of Ground Zero" advertisements against the proposed mosque at Ground Zero in New York on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses. She prepaid for the ad banners and submitted the copy of the ad...
  • NY man pleads guilty in plot to bomb NYC subway

    04/23/2010 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies · 284+ views
    AP/GoogleNews ^ | 4/23/10 | TOM HAYS
    A New York man said Friday that a plan to attack the city subway system was ordered by al-Qaida leaders two years ago while he was in Pakistan with a friend, a former airport shuttle driver who has since admitted to the plot. Zarein Ahmedzay, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the foiled New York City subway bomb plot from fall 2009.
  • Deadly Moscow subway suicide bombing triggers security alert in New York

    03/30/2010 2:23:30 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 863+ views
    NY DAILY ^ | Originally Published:Monday, March 29th 2010, 1:25 AM;Updated: Monday, March 29th 2010, 1:25 PM | BY STEPHANIE GASKELL
    SNIPPET: "An hour apart, they detonated their hidden explosives on Moscow's renowned subway - second only in size to Tokyo's - killing 39 people and injuring dozens of others. The 39th victim was announced by Moscow officials on Tuesday after a woman died in a clinic from her wounds. Experts believe the attacks signal a return of the feared Black Widows - homicidal Muslim women who have lost husbands or other family in Russia's long-running Chechen conflict." Read more:
  • Amputee Arrested in Alleged Bomb Attempt (In NYC train station)

    02/26/2010 10:37:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,082+ views ^ | Feb. 25, 2010 | OEL STONINGTON
    An amputee missing both legs was arrested Thursday after police said he was wheeled into a busy New York City train station and planted a bomb. Police found the bomb before it could detonate, but the discovery interrupted regional train lines briefly and closed the station for several hours. The alleged device—a bag of small explosives wrapped in shotgun shells, along with bullets, glue, lug nuts, pens and a ruler—was left in a waiting area at a station in Harlem. Police later surveyed security videos to identify suspects including, Roosevelt Terry, the amputee. Police from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which...
  • (NYC) MTA To Cut 1,000 Jobs; Security Concerns Grow (How is that hope and change working for you?)

    02/24/2010 1:45:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 552+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | 2/23/10 | Marcia Kramer
    MTA To Cut 1,000 Jobs; Security Concerns GrowUnion, Watchdog Groups, Straphangers Most Concerned With Elimination Of Station Agents During Ongoing Terror Threats Reporting Marcia Kramer Feb 23, 2010 7:43 pm US/Eastern NEW YORK (CBS) - More than 1,000 jobs are on the chopping block at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority -- and they're not just token cuts -- as the agency tries to deal with its ever larger deficits. The MTA's sea of red ink has claimed more victims. Top brass at some of the MTA agencies will loss their jobs in a massive job cutting program to save $50 million....
  • Derailing New York (MTA may sink the whole state and cause NY to default)

    02/10/2010 2:35:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 764+ views
    New York Post ^ | 02/11/2010 | E.J. MCMAHON & NICOLE GELINAS
    Thirty-five years ago this month, the state Urban Development Corp. defaulted on its short-term debt -- setting off bond-market alarms that culminated in New York City's 1970s fiscal crisis. Could the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) become this era's UDC? Barely two months ago, the state-run MTA faced a surprise $372 million deficit. Now it faces an additional deficit of nearly $400 million. These aren't ordinary budget gaps. This agency is in grave peril. The MTA had to scramble recently to cover its immediate cash needs. Last June, it borrowed $600 million to meet payroll. It repaid the money as scheduled...
  • MTA Operator Let Kid Drive Train, Rider Claims

    07/28/2009 7:12:11 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 759+ views
    NBC NY ^ | 07/28/09 | Jennifer Millman
    Driving a subway is so easy an 8-year-old could do it – and one straphanger claims that's who he saw behind the controls of his train. Jules Cattie, a 41-year-old lawyer who lives on the East Side, was shocked when he saw a young child at the wheel, next to the driver, of his Lexington Avenue express train Sunday, according to the Daily News. And the MTA says it's launched "a vigorous and thorough investigation" into the allegation. "I saw him driving. He couldn't have been more than 8 or 9," Cattie told the News. " I thought, 'This is...
  • Paterson names Ravitch lt. gov.

    07/08/2009 2:58:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 2,153+ views
    Business Review ^ | July 8, 2009
    Gov. David Paterson has appointed businessman Richard Ravitch lieutenant governor. In a 5 p.m. address, Paterson said the move was necessary as a result of the “chaos” in the Senate. Paterson called the move unprecedented but necessary. “I see closure to this crisis,” Paterson said, adding that he was seeking New Yorkers’ support for his decision. He also said he expects a legal challenge to his decision and asked there are plans for “future legal action, I ask it be done expeditiously.” Ravitch is the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair. Paterson said he appointed Ravitch because the...
  • GRISLY STABBING ON R PLATFORM (Bloomberg's New York)

    06/14/2009 6:41:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies · 675+ views
    NY Post ^ | 6/14/09 | FRANK ROSARIO and MATTHEW NESTEL
    A man was stabbed in the neck at a busy Midtown subway station yesterday, cops said. The 35-year-old victim, whose name wasn't released, was knifed once at around 6:05 p.m. inside the R train station at Lexington Avenue and East 59th Street, authorities said.
  • New York's Subway Woes Could Have Been Avoided

    04/25/2009 5:44:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 805+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2009 | Nicole Gelinas
    Unless the state intervenes, in five weeks New Yorkers will face steep fare hikes on buses, subways and commuter rail lines. They'll also face deep cuts in train and bus service. ... Five years ago, the MTA's labor costs were $5 billion. Now they are nearly $7 billion. The big drivers have been pension and health-care costs, up 42%. MTA employees, even those who perform what might be called retail jobs, like station clerks, can retire as early as 55 with generous pension and health benefits. This is not compensation for a lifetime of low wages. Average pay for the...
  • Subway rape victim comes forward after suit tossed against MTA workers who ignored her cry for help

    04/06/2009 7:59:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 74 replies · 2,948+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3 April, 2009 | Christina Boyle
    A young woman brutally raped in a Queens subway station says her heart was broken when a judge threw out her suit against two transit workers who ignored her cries for help. Speaking for the first time since the ruling, Maria Besedin said Thursday she never expected the toll booth clerk and train conductor who witnessed the 2005 attack to be heroes and put their own lives in danger. But, she said, they didn't even call 911, or yell, "Stop!" Besedin hoped to have her day in court so a jury could decide if the MTA staffers were negligent for...
  • MTA Service Specialists

    03/28/2009 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 433+ views
    video 1:09 New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has raised fares and cut service. So a group of young women wearing stewardess-like uniforms are volunteering their time and effort to provide service upgrades not on offering from the MTA They are offering directions, handing out free treats, and helping passengers with children and other mobility needs.
  • Saving the subway [BLOOMBERG MONEY GRAB]

    12/05/2008 5:56:46 AM PST · by ml/nj · 36 replies · 612+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Dec 5, 2008
    Mass transit is on the brink, and there's no single, simple fix. Ravitch wants a tax on all worker payrolls downstate - 33 cents for every $100, yielding $1.5 billion a year. Burdening businesses with new costs at this tenuous time is not to be taken lightly. But it is necessary. Second, he calls for new tolls on East River and Harlem River bridges - which would net another $600 million a year. That won't be painless either. But it, too, is necessary. Third, the plan calls for a new approach to fare hikes - inflation-adjusted increases every two years....
  • Paterson Voices Support for M.T.A. Rescue Plan

    12/03/2008 10:46:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 405+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 4, 2008 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    Gov. David A. Paterson said for the first time on Wednesday that he supported a financial rescue plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that includes charging tolls on bridges over the East and Harlem Rivers. The plan, he said, would substantially reduce the size of a fare increase the authority had sought. The governor also spoke favorably about a recommendation in the plan for a tax on company payrolls in the region. The measures are aimed at helping the authority overcome a projected $1.2 billion deficit next year and a gaping multibillion-dollar hole in its long-term capital budget. The governor...
  • Janitor charged with secretly recording women in Stamford train station bathroom

    11/14/2008 3:41:45 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 21 replies · 1,016+ views
    Stamford Advocate ^ | 11/13/08 | Martin B. Cassidy and John Nickerson
    STAMFORD - A janitor at the Stamford train station was charged Thursday with secretly videotaping at least 16 women in a bathroom stall with a cell phone taped to a roll of toilet paper. Felicitos Gonzalez, 41, of 1 Division St., Apartment R, Stamford, was arrested by Metropolitan Transportation Authority police at his home a block away from the train station Wednesday. Gonzalez was arraigned on 16 counts of voyeurism at state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday. Judge Barbara Brazzel-Massaro ruled that Gonzalez, a Mexican native working in the country illegally, will be jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond for...
  • Why you want this tax hike

    07/24/2008 6:47:40 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 15 replies · 227+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/24/08 | Antonio Villaraigosa(Mayor of Los Angeles)
    n 2005, I asked Angelenos to join me in re-imagining their city as a dynamic world capital defined by its flexibility and mobility, not by traffic and smog. I challenged them to imagine communities connected not by bigger, wider highways but by a real network of public transit options -- rapid buses, trains and subway lines -- connecting every neighborhood in our county's 88 cities. I asked them to imagine cleaner and greener neighborhoods where we each pitch in to combat global warming and create a more sustainable city. Today, when I take the helm as chairman of the Metropolitan...
  • Allah aboard the jihad train!

    07/22/2008 2:29:48 AM PDT · by Man50D · 3 replies · 139+ views ^ | July 21, 2008
    New York City subway to host Muslim recruit campaign Siraj Wahhaj has defended convicted would-be bombers and labeled FBI and CIA agents "real terrorists," according to a report by the New York Post. He is now attempting to convince New York City residents that Islam is a religion of peace by promoting advertisements for the Islamic Circle of North America. The campaign has been approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is set to run four weeks in September during Ramadhan. Wahhaj, a former member of the Nation of Islam, was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as one...
  • All aboard the NYC Jihad Train!

    07/21/2008 9:54:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 446+ views ^ | July 21, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to your Monday morning blood-boiler. The NY Post reports that a jihadi group in NYC planning on running a series of subway ads is led by a Muslim imam tied to the terror plot to bomb the city’s landmarks. Submission: Allah board!An Islamic group plans to blitz 1,000 subway cars with advertisements this September in a campaign being promoted by a Brooklyn imam whom federal officials have linked to a plot to blow up city landmarks.The group says its mission is to explain the true nature of Islam to non-Muslims who believe the religion is bent on acts of...

    07/21/2008 9:37:15 AM PDT · by Righting · 65 replies · 388+ views
    nypost ^ | Jul 21, 2008
    MUSLIM SUBWAY ADS LINKED TO TERROR PLOTS - New York Post Jul 21, 2008 ... An Islamic group plans to blitz 1000 subway cars with advertisements this September in a campaign being promoted by a Brooklyn imam whom ...
  • No more free ride for Thruway big shots ( MTA leaders keep their passes )

    05/30/2008 11:18:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 79+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 05/30/08 | James Heaney
    Thruway Authority commissioners who set toll rates are now paying tolls like the rest of the traveling public. board members enjoyed lifetime E-ZPasses that allowed them to travel the New York State Thruway for free. The authority was considering a major toll increase, since approved, and critics noted that the EZPasses exempted board members from paying the toll increases they impose on the public. Commissioners are far from the only ones enjoying free passes...4,193 current and retired employees of the authority...also receive lifetime passes. The Thruway Authority’s action contrasts with that of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates subways, commuter...
  • Commuters likely to face higher tolls

    02/27/2008 3:21:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 136+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | February 26, 2008 | Len Lazarick
    BALTIMORE (Map, News) - Tolls on Maryland tunnels and bridges could increase more than 70 percent over the next five years to help pay for building the InterCounty Connector in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and the new express toll lanes on Interstate 95 in Baltimore and Harford counties, a fiscal analyst told lawmakers Monday. Based on information the Maryland Transportation Authority sent to lawmakers, average tolls throughout the system are expected to go up $1.20 (48 percent) as early as 2010 and 85 cents (23 percent) two years later. This would push one-way tolls at the Susquehanna River bridge...
  • No Hate Crime Charges in Baltimore Bus Beating

    12/30/2007 6:06:51 AM PST · by pnh102 · 65 replies · 468+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/29/2007 | Sumathi Reddy
    Prosecutors in Baltimore have decided not to charge the nine middle school students accused in the beating of a 26-year-old woman on a city bus with a hate crime as a judge postponed their trial yesterday until Jan. 31. In court yesterday, Assistant State's Attorney Janet S. Hankin requested the addition of two charges: malicious destruction and disorderly conduct. The teens had previously been charged with aggravated assault and destruction of property.
  • FBI seeks man in subway mercury spill (Los Angeles)

    01/18/2007 10:07:43 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 39 replies · 1,248+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/18/07 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
    Who is the young man in the sport coat shown on a grainy MTA videotape pouring mercury on the ground of the Red Line subway station at Pershing Square? When it happened, officials quickly labeled it a harmless accident. But now, the county's joint terrorism task force has launched an investigation and is trying to find the man. While officials say the whole thing could still be an accident, they said after reviewing peculiar behavior on the tape, a closer look is warranted. The man is shown talking to a second person about 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 22 before crouching...
  • New York: Girls' room his, too (Transgender men free to use ALL of MTA's loos)

    10/24/2006 6:18:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 105 replies · 3,443+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | October 24, 2006 | PETE DONOHUE
    Girls' room his, too   Transgender men free to use ALL of MTA's loos   BY PETE DONOHUE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER  Helena Stone, formerly Henry McGuinness, stands her ground yesterday outside Grand Central Terminal's ladies' room, which can now be used by transgender men. The line for the girls' room just got longer. Men who live as women can now legally use women's rest rooms in New York's transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed yesterday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms "consistent with their gender expression," the Transgender Legal Defense...