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Wireless Payments Will Finally Come to the NYC Subway By 2021

The MTA’s MetroCard system is a source of frustration for regular commuters and presidential hopefuls alike. A plan to replace the magnetic cards with a modern contactless system has been in the works forever , and now the MTA is finally taking bids on the project.

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Chris Mills

April 13th

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NYC’s Subway Will Get WiFi, USB Chargers, and Mobile Tickets by the End of the Year

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City is finally redesigning its subway system for the future. Or, to be like what most large transit systems have been like for awhile now.

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Alissa Walker

January 8th

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A Rare Glimpse of the Ancient Infrastructure That Controls NYC’s Subway

New York City’s subway system is a wonder of engineering—but sadly, that engineering is so old that it’s not even manufactured anymore, causing huge problems for the people who run it and anyone trying to use it . That means the MTA has built a whole shop up around trying to maintain its aging technology, and now they’re giving us a look at this underground industry.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

July 30th

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The Simple Trick Subway Dispatchers Use to Get Service Back on Track

Sometimes it feels like all mass transit systems do is apologize for running behind schedule. New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority decided to create this video explainer for exactly why you were waiting so long for the L this morning. And they did it with cute 8-bit graphics.

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Alissa Walker

May 19th

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What Really Happened to the MTA’s 60 Million Leftover Subway Tokens

What Really Happened to the MTA's 60 Million Leftover Subway Tokens

It's been over a decade since the MTA did away with subway tokens, those dirty metal bits of New York-ness that seemed unremarkable until, suddenly, they were gone. Since then, rumors have swirled about the fate of the 60 million tokens once in circulation—where were they? Now, we have an answer.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

December 10th

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You Can Finally Buy the Design Manual That Defined the NYC Subway

You Can Finally Buy the Design Manual That Defined the NYC Subway

Earlier this year we wrote about the unlikely story of three graphic designers who discovered a copy of the book that dictates every aspect of the subway system, forgotten in the basement of the design studio Pentagram. Now, the MTA has agreed to reprint the 44-year-old design bible for sale—but only for the next 30 days.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

September 10th

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These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels

These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels

It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA has given us an update.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 12th

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Inside the Secret Building That’s Bringing Cell Service To NYC’s Subway

Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

As Hurricane Sandy revealed almost two years ago, New York's 100-year-old subway is not a modern and robust system. In fact, compared to other cities, it's downright dirty, unpredictable and technologically behind. But the Metro Transit Authority is currently dragging it into the future—and I got the chance to go behind the scenes of the MTA's mission.

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Nicholas Stango

July 1st

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This Superheroic Train Keeps New York City’s Subway Safe

This Superheroic Train Keeps New York City's Subway Safe

You probably don't realize it, but, at any given hour on any given day, a small yet incredibly sophisticated train armed with cameras, lasers, and ultrasound equipment is sliding around New York City's subway system inspecting the tracks. It looks a little bit like a Optimus Prime, and, like the good Transformers, it's there to keep you safe.

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Adam Clark Estes

May 6th

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A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC’s Newest Train Tunnel

New York City's new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns and passages that will soon be a bustling subway line.

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Michael Hession

May 2nd

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