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MTA Not Thrilled for New Guinness Subway Record Holders

Adham Fisher

Weeks after the news broke that Guinness World Records anointed six British competitors with the title of the fastest trip to all 468 of the city’s subway stations, officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority brushed aside the chance to congratulate the new record holders.

Glen Bryant, Peter Smyth, Adham Fisher, Andi James, Martin Hazel and Steve Wilson completed the 22-hour, 26-minute and two-second journey last November, and, while the milestone ride made international headlines when Guinness certified it last month, the transportation agency whose trains made the record possible didn’t take a stance on the expert straphangers. Read More

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Density Diminishes Irene: Hurricane Reminds Us Why We Live in Big, Thriving Cities

When the storm clears, those cabs will still be there.

The Observer has cataloged 25 reasons why Hurricane Irene was good for New York City, and Streetsblog gives us another: burnishing our urban superiority complex. After all, a major storm or disaster like this reminds us of the value of living in dense, transit-rich communities, where you can walk, cab, bike, bus, train or—if you must, if you can—drive to work, to the store, to see friends. Read More

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The Taxi of Tomorrow… Today!

Taxi! (Ford)

It will be at least two and a half years—a traffic jam between now and then holding things up would not surprise—before the Taxi of Tomorrow hits the road. Instead of the futuristic Karsan model that New Yorkers loved, the Bloomberg administration went the soccer-mom route and picked Nissan’s souped-up minivan. But the other runner-up, Ford, maybe be the winner, at least for the time being. Read More

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They Can’t Even Afford a Second Manhattan Station, But Now the 7 Train Will Stop in Secaucus?

Westward, ho… after all!

In the confusion following the disappearance of the ARC Tunnel last month, the biggest question seemed to be what would happen to the $3 billion the federal government had set aside for the trans-Hudson train tunnel, by certain measures the largest transportation project ever undertaken. Local politicians, including Mayor Bloomberg Read More

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Krugman: ARC Is Nation’s ‘Most Important Current Public Works Project’

“It was a destructive and incredibly foolish decision on multiple levels,” writes New York Times columnist and eminent economist Paul Krugman in today’s paper. He was referring to Governor Chris Christie’s decision to put the kibosh on ARC, a tunnel that would burrow under the Hudson River, dramatically increasing train capacity between New York Read More