Here's some background information about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)/New York City Transit which provides 24-hour subway and bus service throughout the five boroughs of New York.
MTA employs 65,150 people and has approved a $13.2 billion budget for 2013.
MTA serves 15.1 million people across New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.
Subway: The MTA has the largest subway and rail car fleet in the world, around 8,778 at the end of 2012.
There are now 468 subway stations in the NYC transit system.
There are approximately 659 miles of rail and subway track in service in the NYC Transit system.
The Times Sq-42nd St Subway station was the busiest in 2012. The full top ten list is found here.
In 2012, in the five boroughs, there was an average weekday ridership of 7,579,555 daily and 2,331,836,169 annually.
In the United States and Canada, it is considered the 11th largest bus fleet, with over 1,200 buses.
Timeline: October 27, 1904 - The subway opens in Manhattan. The 9.1-mile long subway line consists of 28 stations from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway.
1905 - Subway service expands to the Bronx.
1907 - Bus service begins in Manhattan.
1908 - Subway service expands to Brooklyn.
1915 - Service expands to Queens.
July 25, 1953 - Tokens are first used in the subway.
1973 - Long Island bus service opens.
July 4, 1997 - Metrocard debuts as a form of payment.
August 23, 2005 - Lockheed Martin is selected as the prime contractor for the program initiating a comprehensive upgrade of MTA's electronic security operations infrastructure.
October 6, 2005 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the FBI has shared with New York officials a "specific threat" against the city's subway system.
October 7, 2005 - An apparent hoax involving a soda bottle filled with a "Drano-like substance" prompts the temporary closure of parts of Penn Station at the height of morning rush hour.
October 11, 2005 - Government sources tell CNN that the information from an informant in Iraq that sparked heightened security in and around New York City's transit system on October 6th was a hoax.
December 16, 2005 - New York's subway and bus workers, a union of over 33,000 personnel, call for a partial strike against private bus lines. The drivers will complete their morning rush-hour routes and return the buses to the depots before going on strike.
December 20, 2005 - A full strike of the union transit workers goes into effect at midnight.
December 22, 2005 - The Transit Workers' Union, Local 100, votes to send transit employees back to work while talks with the MTA continue.
June 24, 2009 - London-based bank Barclays purchases the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street transit hub in Brooklyn for $4 million.
August 26, 2011 - The MTA in New York plans to shut down on Saturday, August 27, 2011, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in suspending service in advance of Hurricane Irene, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says.
August 29, 2011 - The MTA suspends service on the Port Jervis Line indefinitely due to damage sustained during Hurricane Irene. The MTA press release states the damage includes: - Three washout locations of 1,000 feet each near Sloatsburg - A 400-foot section of track washed out to a depth of 8 feet south of Sloatsburg - Significant damage to several railroad bridges - Suspected significant damage to the signal system, which is exposed and under water
August 27, 2012 - MTA submits insurance claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recoup the losses suffered during Hurricane Irene in 2011. The losses total $65 million.
October 2012 - Hurricane Sandy causes flooding in subway tunnels. Damages to the Rockaway Line are expected to take months to repair.
November 26, 2012 - Governor Andrew Cuomo announces it will cost to $5 billion to repair the MTA after Hurricane Sandy.
February 1, 2013 - Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal begins.