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On NYC Subway, a 'Tragic End to the Everyday Jostle'

Man who fled from Nazis in Austria dies after being pushed to ground by rushing fellow commuter

(Newser) - The New York Times calls Dr. Kurt Salzinger's death "a tragic end to the everyday jostle of straphangers," which the New York Post paints as "a daily underground hazard." His stepdaughter calls it "a complete disregard for the elderly," per the Times. Salzinger... More »

Boy, 7, Dies in Fall From Subway Car

Philadelphia boy was selling candy on train

(Newser) - Police say a 7-year-old boy who was selling candy on a Philadelphia train with his brother fell between two moving subway cars and died. Authorities say the boy was with his 11-year-old brother and a 26-year-old man on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Broad Street Line subway in northern... More »

Under the WTC, a 'Poignantly Defiant' 'Rebirth' From 9/11

Cortlandt Street subway station destroyed on 9/11 finally reopens

(Newser) - It's been left off the NYC subway map for almost 17 years after it was destroyed and buried under rubble on 9/11—but a "quietly, poignantly defiant" version of the Cortlandt Street subway station under the World Trade Center is now open again for business. Redubbed WTC Cortlandt,... More »

One US City Will Now Scan Its Subway Commuters

Devices in LA Metro will 'quickly and unobtrusively screen individuals for concealed threats'

(Newser) - All humans emit body waves, but if they're concealing an object under their clothes, that object blocks the waves—exactly what the Transportation Security Administration is banking on with the installation of the country's first body scanners in a transit agency. The subway system getting the first crack... More »

She Was 'in Agony,' Still Tried to Call Off Ambulance

Woman injured on subway reportedly said 'I have terrible insurance'

(Newser) - A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate. The 45-year-old woman, who has not been identified, stepped into a 5-inch gap as she got off the Orange Line at... More »

Wanted for Murder, He Jumped Onto the Subway Tracks

Rondell Veal arrested in NYC for Delaware crime

(Newser) - Police looking for a Delaware man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend to death eventually found him in a New York City hospital, where he was recovering from an apparent suicide attempt. Police say Rondell Veal, 36, slashed his throat and jumped onto the tracks at Grand Central Station early Sunday,... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

NYC Transit Workers Describe 'Leaking' Corpses on the Job

MTA union reps: Bodies from train accidents are stored in worker break areas, bathrooms

(Newser) - Ever wonder where the bodies of people hit by subway trains are brought to immediately after an accident? "Whatever room happens to be nearest" in New York City's subways, even if that room is an employee lunchroom, bathroom, or other break area, a transit union source tells the... More »

NYC Mayor Proposes 'Millionaires Tax' to Fix Subway

Bill de Blasio also wants the higher tax on city's wealthy to subsidize low-income riders

(Newser) - A little over a month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the New York City subway, his longtime nemesis in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is proposing a new tax on wealthy New Yorkers to help fix the ailing system. On Monday, de... More »

Dozens Hurt in New York Subway Derailment

2 cars went off the track and into a wall

(Newser) - Dozens of people were hurt Tuesday morning in New York when a subway derailed in Manhattan. The emergency brake was activated—it's not clear why—which caused two cars to veer off the tracks and into a wall, the New York Times reports. There was extensive damage, including to... More »

Subway's 'Penis Seat' Is Getting Some Attention

Mexico City takes on sexual harassment with eye-popping commuter prop

(Newser) - Shaking heads. Disgusted looks. Giggles. These are all reactions you'll spot in a YouTube video documenting a Mexico City subway experiment that definitely caught commuters' attention. In what's described as an empathy-building campaign, the city's government teamed up with UN Women to create the #NoEsDeHombres campaign (per... More »

At Least 10 Dead After Russia Subway Explosion

Dozens more are injured in St. Petersburg

(Newser) - At least 10 people were killed and 50 others injured Monday when an explosion ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, the spokesman for the city's governor told Russian television. President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting the city on an unrelated trip Monday, said investigators were looking into... More »

People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone

(Newser) - They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at... More »

NYC Subway Line Envisioned in 1919 Finally Opens

Ground was broken for 2nd Avenue Subway in 1972

(Newser) - New Yorkers' 98-year wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public. The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who... More »

Beneath Cincinnati Lies an Epic Transportation Misfire

The Verge looks back on city's long-ago attempt to build a subway

(Newser) - Quick, name some of the nation's most storied subway systems—New York, Boston, Philadelphia ... Cincinnati? Well, no on that last one. Cincinnati has no subway system. But as a story at the Verge explains, the city came oh-so-close to having one of the nation's first, and the decades-old... More »

Hillary's New Opponent: NYC Subway Turnstile

It took her 5 tries to swipe her way through

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton's going to win over New Yorkers before the state's April 19 primary, first she's got to prove she can master the NYC subway system. And she had a little trouble Thursday in the Bronx when, just like nearly every other Big Apple commuter has... More »

4 Sets of Identical Twins Pull Off NYC Subway Prank

Improv Everywhere staged the scene

(Newser) - If a man on the New York City subway started asking riders for money to fund the time machine he was building, you'd probably assume he was a panhandler with a particularly novel method of asking for money. But what that man's future self got on at the... More »

Can You Spot the Error in This St. Paddy's Day Ad?

From Guinness, no less

(Newser) - Four-leaf clovers are supposed to bring good luck, but not so much for Guinness. The Irish beer company found itself apologizing to Canadians this week after the St. Patrick's Day ads it put up around the Toronto subway system's St. Patrick Station used the wrong green symbol to... More »

10th Victim Knifed on NYC Subway This Year

NYPD commissioner is telling folks not to overreact

(Newser) - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton took to the city's subways last week (with a cop by his side ) in an attempt to show NYC residents that the transit system is perfectly safe and that recent stabbings and slashings were nothing more than an "aberration." But just an... More »

Man Accused of Killing Ex Sues NYC Subway

Cops say he tried to kill himself, but he blames MTA

(Newser) - A man who was hit by a NYC subway train last October and lost both feet is suing the New York City Transit Authority—which may sound reasonable, except for the fact that prosecutors say he threw himself on the tracks in a suicide bid after stabbing a New Jersey... More »

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