A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 08, 2017
May Take Awhile (Metropolitan Transportation Authority or MTA nickname)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a New York State agency that (among other duties) operates New York City’s subways and buses. The MTA has been nicknamed “May Take Awhile” because of its many transit delays. “(May Take Awhile)(MTA)” was cited in print on February 6, 2008.

The MTA has also been nicknamed “More Trouble Ahead” (cited in print since at least 1995), “Money Thrown Away” (cited in print since at least 1996), “Might Take Awhile” (cited in print since at least 2007), “Many Trains Absent” (entered in the Urban Dictionary in 2008), “Money Taking Agency” (cited in print since at least 2009), “Motherfuckers Touching my Ass” (from lyrics to a 2012 song) and “More Than Awful” (January 31, 2019 New York Daily News front page).


Wikipedia: Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the U.S. state of New York, serving 12 counties in Downstate New York, along with two counties in southwestern Connecticut under contract to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, carrying over 11 million passengers on an average weekday systemwide, and over 800,000 vehicles on its seven toll bridges and two tunnels per weekday. MTA is the largest public transit authority in the United States.

Vinod Kurup
NOV 29TH, 2005
MTA Sucks
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COMMENTS
(May Take Awhile)(MTA)needs to know if this service continues jobs are at risk.we are now more advanced than this service now.
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Unregistered Visitor 2008-02-06 22:42:35

Twitter
Aray M. Till‏
@thearay
Our mortgage guy just told us that MTA stands for “may take awhile”... Aint he right?!?
6:26 PM - 26 Feb 2009

Twitter
Mean Queen Okerlund‏
@TheKillerQueen
Replying to @bitesizeeee
@bitesizeeee Didn’t you know? MTA stands for “May take awhile” lol
11:07 PM - 6 Aug 2010

Twitter
Tara Bridget Moseder‏
@Psychlone
MTA= May Take Awhile
MTA= My Taxes At work
MTA= Money Thrown Away
#SiVesAlgoDiAlgo
7:20 AM - 2 Aug 2011 from Staten Island, NY

Twitter
StarsMoonandSun‏
@starsmoonandsun
How many trains did it take me to get to Queens...too many MTA May Take Awhile
9:56 PM - 20 Aug 2013

10 February 2016, AM New York (New York, NY), “New slogans for the MTA,” pg. A8:
MTA: May Take Awhile
- a long while. - Paul Brothe

Gothamist
Cause Of ‘Electrical Issue’ That Triggered Systemwide Subway Delays Still Unknown
BY MIRANDA KATZ IN NEWS ON JUL 14, 2016 10:00 AM
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COMMENTS
Partybot
MTA = Morons Thieves & Assholes

E. May
I’ve seen it as ‘May Take Awhile’...

Twitter
Lee Gerowitz‏
@LeeGero
New (old?) @MTA slogan:
“Experience NYC in a day? Take the @MTA! And remember, @MTA stands for, May Take Awhile...so plan accordingly!”
11:13 AM - 31 Oct 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Wednesday, November 08, 2017 • Permalink