Our summer of transit hell could soon morph into a long winter of discontent. And winter is coming fast. Things are bad now but are likely to get worse when the L-line shutdown is upon us. As Superstorm Sandy showed, the city needs alternatives to subways. When the system flooded (damaging the Canarsie tubes the L train uses), buses and ferries provided other ways for New Yorkers to get to work.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota appointed Patrick Foye president of the state agency that runs the subways, two commuter railroads, city buses and several tunnels and bridges in the metropolitan area. Foye earlier this week left his post as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a position he was appointed to by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
I knew I was home from a visit to Pittsburgh in July when traffic halted on the highway leading to the Holland Tunnel. The problem: Rubberneckers gazing at a car on the shoulder had forced everyone else to put on the brakes. Ugh! Humans! This would never have happened had the driverless cars Uber operates in Pittsburgh been on the road. They could have maintained 55-mph speeds despite bumper-to-bumper conditions, leaving us humans to gaze at our navels.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".