Many of the now familiar tribulations of the city’s subway system are self-inflicted: Chronic delays and overcrowding are rooted in a history of mismanagement by officials and elected leaders who have long neglected repairs and updates to a century old system, where aging cars run on worn out tracks and are controlled by antiquated signals. Last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that more than $800 million would be invested in a subway emergency plan to turnaround the beleaguered system.
Atop a 20 foot ladder inside a New York City subway tunnel on a recent week night, a worker plunged a drill with a bit as long as a sword deep into a wet wall. Pulverized stone showered onto the third rail below, before the worker plugged the fresh hole with a length of rubber hose. At his signal, workers on the ground squirted gallons of grout through the hose and deep into the wall, until it hit unseen water and the grout burbled out like ectoplasm and slid down toward the track.
Still, some of the causes of major incidents, like signal and track failures, occurred at roughly the same rate each month from August through November. The rate for December was not available. The modest improvements are unlikely to make a meaningful difference to many riders, said Dani Simons, a spokeswoman for the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy group. “The numbers are promising, but it will take more time for the riders to fully feel the effects,” she said.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".