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Top 10 Transit Stories of 2012

From gas shortages, to Sandy destruction to more fare hikes, 2012 has been a rough year for both drivers and straphangers.

This past year has been tumultuous for transit in New York City. Here are our picks for the top 10 stories of 2012:

1.  Chair: Never a ‘Disaster as Devastating’

From flooded tunnels to destroyed equipment to subway service to Manhattan out for days, Sandy wrought havoc on New York City's entire transit system.  

2. Bloomberg: Gas Shortage Could Go on For 'Days'

Sandy also disrupted gas supply lines, leaving drivers with empty tanks and causing hours-long lines at stations.   

3. MTA Votes to Approve 2013 Fare Hike 

Subway, bus and LIRR fares will increase in March, as will bridge and tunnel tolls.

4. A 'Bike Corral' Comes to Franklin Ave.

As part of a trend across the city, the DOT installed on-street bike parking, replacing one spot for cars with eight for bikes.

5. City Bike Share Won't Hit Streets Until March 2013

The Citi Bike share system won’t launch until March 2013. 

6. Carlton Avenue Bridge Reopens

After more than four years, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene residents can now cross Atlantic Avenue on the Carlton Avenue bridge.  

7. Man Who Helped Save Woman on Tracks: 'I’m Not a Hero'

A good Samaritan who jumped onto the subway tracks to save an unconscious woman.

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A new study by the city Department of Transportation rebuffs a push by civic groups for residential parking permits around the Barclays Center, saying there will be plenty of parking. 

9. Smith-9th St. Reopening Likely Pushed To April 2013

According to the MTA's December update, the station rehab is over budget and stymied by poor management.

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Business owners off the 15th St.-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway Stations are ready for southbound service to be restored.

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