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Hurricane Irene: Maryland, Virginia Declare States of Emergency; New York City May Close Subways
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Maryland, Va. Declare States of Emergency

As Irene approaches, New York City warns transit may close

(Newser) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia have declared states of emergency as the East Coast readies for Hurricane Irene. Maryland’s governor has ordered an evacuation of Ocean City and encouraged others in low-lying coastal areas to depart and “stay with someone who loves them” this weekend, the Washington ...

In NYC, a Subway Line to Hogwarts?

Advertisement for platform 9 3/4 magically appears

(Newser) - Could the fastest way to get to Hogwarts be by way of the New York subway? Platform 9 3/4, the magic train platform that Harry Potter and his classmates use to get to Hogwarts, has appeared on an official MTA sign at the 14th St. Union Square station, the New ...

Subway Workers Who Witnessed Rape Not Liable

Calling cops as woman was assaulted sufficient, judge rules

(Newser) - A woman raped in the New York City subway while MTA employees looked on will get no relief from the courts, the New York Post reports. Both a conductor and a station agent saw the woman being assaulted in 2005; they called police and did nothing more. A judge today...

'Doomsday' in NYC: $2.50 Subway Fare OK'd

(Newser) - Starting May 31, New Yorkers will have to pony up $2.50 to ride the bus or subway—even as the city’s public-transit system sees cutbacks in routes and schedules, the Daily News reports. Today’s vote by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to enact its so-called “doomsday budget”...

NYC Subway Pens Excuses for Late Commuters

MTA issues notes from the underground

(Newser) - New York City's subway and bus agency issues excuses for tardiness that workers delayed by mass transit snafus can present to their frustrated bosses. The program, which will go online next year, issues 34,000 "late notes" each year, even though few commuters know that it exists, reports the...

Financing Deals Make AIG a Drag on Transit Agencies

With AIG sinking, banks are calling loans to transit agencies

(Newser) - Transit agencies nationwide are facing the prospect of unexpectedly having to repay billions in loans to large banks under financing deals made years ago, the Washington Post reports. Because AIG guaranteed many of the agreements, the insurance behemoth's woes could potentially affect millions of public transit riders as banks worldwide...

Purr-fect Kitty Survives Subway
Purr-fect Kitty Survives Subway

Purr-fect Kitty Survives Subway

Feisty feline survived 25 days in tunnel

(Newser) - A scared black kitten lost in the New York City Subway system more than three weeks ago has been found safe and well. Georgia escaped from a carrying case 25 days ago and scampered into a subway station to survive passing trains, the electrified third rail and some of Manhattan's...

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