After five years of effort and $369 million, the New York City Subway's new South Ferry station reopened to the public at noon on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Here are photos of the restored station, repaired and reinforced against future storms.
Checking out the old South Ferry station before it closes forever
The original 1905 South Ferry station was reopened in 2013 after hurricane Sandy's storm surge devastated the new South Ferry station. I went to check out the old station before it closes — possibly forever — in the coming months.
Metro-North: Mission accomplished
On Saturday, 6 June, I finished my goal of riding the entire Metro-North network—and had a fun, adventurous day with my daughter to boot.
An animated history of the New York City Subway (in GIF form)
An animated GIF map of the New York City Subway's history is very cool, but it's missing at least one small piece.
If the MTA’s debt were a GDP …
A recent report by the Straphangers Campaign included a sobering figure: the MTA has a debt greater than the debt of 30 nations. But I wondered: what if we compared the MTA's debt to global GDPs. The answer is perhaps even more surprising.
Grand plans for D.C.’s grand station
Washington, D.C., has grand plans for its grand transportation hub, Union Station. But will they get past financial and political hurdles? The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein examines the plans and the obstacles in an extensive online piece.
When I wanted to find out exactly how much of Greater New York's rail network I had ridden, I searched the internet for information on how big the network actually is—and discovered that no one seems to know. So I added it up. Myself. (And discovered that I've ridden 72% of it.)
Correcting my number
As it turns out, I was about 10 miles off in my calculation of the total route miles covered by the New York City region's rail network.
My quest to ride the New York City region’s entire passenger rail network
I have a new (and, some would say, unsurprising) goal: to ride all 1,370 miles of passenger rail currently in service in the New York City region. That means the entire rail networks operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
I stood up for nonsmokers’ rights—but does the law stand up for me?
On a cold, wet, windy night on the last day of winter, I stood up for my rights as a nonsmoker—and those of my two small children. But it's unclear whether the law is behind me.