The Metro desk is seeking a reporter to cover the transit system, a critical beat as the city struggles to recover from the pandemic. The sprawling network of subways, buses and commuter rail lines is a world within the city, essential to New York's recovery from the pandemic -- and brimming with extraordinary stories and daunting problems. Explaining its inner workings will require building sources, reviewing budgets and investigating a sprawling bureaucracy. But the transit reporter should also be excited about telling the stories of the people who ride, operate and repair the system. Experience covering transportation is not essential, but strong reporting and writing skills, an ability to work independently and an abiding fascination with mass transit are.