On Friday morning, and again on Monday evening, smoke conditions caused delays for commuters.
In the Trenton Transit Center on Thursday morning, New Jersey Governor Murphy announced a short term plan to try and turn around New Jersey Transit, the state’s floundering transportation agency.
One could say that New York City’s subway trains are here, there, and everywhere: new analysis by The Big Board of agency data from January 2018 has found that fewer trains are running than scheduled, as well as train bunching, has often left commuters waiting for twice as long as they should be.
The M.T.A., after a public outcry over the shutdown of the credit/debit card function on MetroCard machines, during Super Bowl weekend, has rescheduled the maintenance to take place over just six hours this Saturday.
The M.T.A. has reversed course, and is saying that the shutdown will not occur this upcoming weekend. Instead, it will take place a week later; the agency promised “more to come” for riders next Monday.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the M.T.A. announced that its MetroCard vending machines would not be taking credit or debit card transactions this weekend.
The numbers are in: PATH, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s small subway-esque railroad, had a 5.4% jump in ridership in 2017 as compared to 2016, adding over 4.2 million trips to reach a new record of almost 83 million.
On Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his selection of Kevin Corbett, an executive at transportation contractor AECOM, as the new Executive Director of the state transportation agency, pending board approval.
The plan to upgrade the subway’s Flushing Line to Communications Based Train Control, in order to facilitate more frequent train service, is running almost twenty months behind schedule and nearly 38 million over budget, with more delays likely in the future.
The M.T.A.’s Access-A-Ride paratransit service, the largest in the nation, appears to be mishandling many customer complaints, according to an audit released by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
The audit, the second in less than two years, follows a period of intense frustration from Access-A-Ride (AAR) users, who frequently come in droves to M.T.A. board meetings to voice their concerns.
“It was flawless.”
So responded incoming New York City Transit president Andy Byford, to how his first commute was to the agency’s headquarters in Bowling Green.