Here’s What Train Service Looks Like in NY After Ida’s Damaging Floods

The majority of the city’s subway lines had delays Friday morning, while the area’s airports appeared to be running smoothly.

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Bob Diamond, the ‘Tunnel King’ of Brooklyn, Dies at 61

First he discovered a long-forgotten rail tunnel. Then he spent decades trying — in vain — to revive Brooklyn’s trolley system.

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Commuter Trains Have Kept Rolling. Will All Those Riders Ever Return?

Transit agencies in the New York City region are having to reinvent their railroads to adapt to the shift away from going to the office every day.

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The L.I.R.R. Only Works If Long Island Gets Affordable Housing

To justify its big investment in the L.I.R.R., New York needs to force Long Island communities to make room for more housing.

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They Set Aside Money for Their Commutes. Now They Can’t Get It Back.

Many people working from home or out of a job can’t access the hundreds of dollars deducted from their paychecks for transit expenses. “I’m unhappy because it’s a lot of money,” one woman said.

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MTA Worker Accused of Overtime Fraud Made $461,000 in One Year

Five transit employees put in claims for ‘almost physically impossible’ shifts, a prosecutor said. That allowed them to outearn even New York’s governor.

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Help! I’d Like to Ride the Train. Is it Safe?

Our columnist finds that rail companies, both regional systems and Amtrak, are undertaking major coronavirus efforts. But they can’t thoroughly disinfect every seat in every train at every station.

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The M.T.A.’s Doomsday Budget Plan

Without federal aid, the agency said, it would need to reduce subway and bus service by 40 percent to address its deficit.

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M.T.A. Warns of Doomsday Subway Cuts Without $12 Billion in Federal Aid

The agency, facing staggering financial losses because of the pandemic, said it would have to reduce subway and bus service by 40 percent.

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After Isaias, 2.5 Million Still Without Power in N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut

Utilities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut raced to restore power, but officials said it might take several days, in some cases.

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