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More subway stations to get wireless, cell service

Thirty-six stations so far have been wired for

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More stations will be getting wireless and cellular service after a year that saw a deluge of data from connections made underground.

Wi-Fi statistics from Boingo and Transit Wireless showed that 60 terabytes of data from 2.6 million connections flowed through the first 36 stations wired for service from April through the end of the year.

“That’s a dramatic volume of data,” Bill Bayne,...

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MTA testing new digital touchscreens at Grand Central Terminal

MTA touchscreen

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Subway riders at Grand Central Terminal will help determine whether the new digital touch screen information kiosks become a feature throughout the system.

After an initial five-machine, five-station pilot in 2011, the MTA partnered with two companies -- Control Group and CBS Outdoor -- to create digital information touchscreens for the expansion of the agency's On The Go digital kiosk program.

"We...

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NFL, NJ Transit to review Super Bowl traveling operations

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New Jersey Transit and the NFL will review operations during the first "Mass Transit Super Bowl" that left throngs of fans waiting hours for a train, officials said Monday.

There were about 33,000 people trying to get home after the game, blowing out estimates by the host committee, which predicted 12,000 people would use mass transit on Game Day. NJ Transit set a ridership record before the...

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Fare evasion top transit violations payments

The MTA is working on a plan to

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Money from fare beaters made up more than three-quarters of the $8.31 million the MTA raked in from bad behavior on subways and buses last year, according to data from the Transit Adjudication Bureau.

In 2013, the bureau received 69,274 payments totaling $6.81 million from riders slapped with a summons for fare evasion -- a 70% recovery rate for the bureau. For all violations in the transit...

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Verizon brings wireless service to subway stations

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Verizon joined its wireless providers in giving its customers service in 28 subway stations in Manhattan, the company announced Tuesday.

Subscribers to Verizon can now use their cellphones at 28 stations in Manhattan, including three new stations as part of the second rollout of underground wireless service.

The new stations where Verizon service can be used are 34th Street-Herald Square,...

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In snowstorm, MTA avoids mistakes of 2010 blizzard

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The MTA's preparation for this week's snowstorm was informed by its failures of a 2010 blizzard that trapped hundreds of A train riders in a car for hours through the night.

Since then, the MTA has changed its methods for handling snowstorms, such as pulling back service to avoid cars getting stuck and staffing up its Incident Command Center with about 15 people representing a host of divisions...

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MTA getting federal boost to cover repairs to Sandy-damaged tunnels

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The federal government is picking up part of the MTA's tab for repair work to the R and G train tunnels that Superstorm Sandy took out of commission, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Tuesday.

Schumer said an $800 million package for the MTA will primarily go toward reimbursing the cost of repairs in the R train's Montague tunnel and the G train's Greenpoint tunnel. The money will also go toward...

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MTA service changes for New Year's events

Times Square

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The MTA is altering service on New York City Transit and commuter rail lines for New Year's Eve celebrations.

To get to the annual end-of-year bash at Times Square, the MTA said to avoid taking trains directly to the 42nd Street station, which will have exits closed off during the annual ball drop. The MTA is urging riders to walk from stations at 57th Street or Columbus Circle to Times Square.

There...

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Thousands sign up for de Blasio's Gracie Mansion tour in first day

Gracie Mansion

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New Yorkers really want to meet and greet the next mayor in his own home.

Bill de Blasio's office said that 7,000 people applied for the Jan. 5 tour of Gracie Mansion in the first three hours that it offered registration on its website Wednesday.

The free event includes a room-by-room walk-through of the first floor of the mansion, where the first family will reside. The tour ends with...

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Bill de Blasio and family moving on up to Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion

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UPDATED 12/11/12, 7:45 P.M.: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his family are moving to Gracie Mansion, trading the modest Park Slope row house where they share one bathroom for the opulent Yorkville mayoral residence and its eight bathrooms.

While some Brooklynties who shared pizza slices and barbs with the family over the years say the de Blasios will be missed, Manhattanites welcomed their...

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