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Metro-North wants you to get a jump on the Independence Day holiday weekend. The Railroad is providing 17 extra getaway trains leaving Grand Central Terminal beginning Thursday, July 3 between noon and 4 p.m. On Friday, July 4th, Metro-North trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule with extra trains in both directions to get folks to and from the Macy’s Fireworks.
A Weekend at Work: June 28 - 30 at Queensboro Plaza Station
FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the 2 3 4 line lines in Brooklyn between Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn June 23-27, for the second time in 2014. During the successful week of maintenance work, trains did not stop at Bergen St, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Pkwy in either direction. NYC Transit workers took full advantage of the seven hours of train-free access each night between 10 PM and 5 AM to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.
Metro-North Railroad has made a "grand entrance" by dedicating Grand Central Terminal's main entry vestibule to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. On Monday, the Railroad dedicated the Terminal’s fully restored, main entry vestibule at 89 East 42nd Street and Park Avenue (Pershing Square), in honor of the former First Lady and iconic New Yorker who led the historic campaign to save Grand Central from destruction in the 1970s.
Enhanced Service Coming June 29.
Graffiti Vandal Arrested
A young peregrine falcon, one of the four hatched in May atop the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge, was scooped up and brought to safety after the fledgling recently made an unscheduled pit stop on the bridge’s upper level center median. MTA Bridges and Tunnels Maintainers Ed Sheehan and Asif Subhan were in a sweeper truck doing routine cleaning near the Brooklyn tower in the early morning hours of June 17 when they spotted something on the small strip of curbing adjacent to the center median, which divides east and west bound traffic. William McCann, MTA Bridges and Tunnels Director of Bridges South, said employees at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge are accustomed to dealing with all types of creatures that get onto MTA property from time to time but this was a bird of a different feather.
Growing ridership, shifting demographic trends and a changing climate are certain to have an impact on transportation in the coming decades. In order to keep up with these transportation challenges, the MTA has established a special advisory board of 22 experts who will be make up the Transportation Reinvention Commission.
Three new members are joining the MTA Board. All three members were confirmed to their positions on June 20 by the New York Senate after being nominated recently by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will assume the seat formerly occupied by former New York City Budget Director Mark Page. Neal Zuckerman of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council will take the non-voting seat formerly occupied by the Council’s Jim Blair. Iris Weinshall on July 1 will assume the seat currently occupied by Mark D. Lebow.
Weekend at Work: June 21 - June 23
Grand Central is about to get even more enticing food options -- and the venture is to be operated by a world-renowned restaurateur. The MTA board on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 16,000-square-foot food hall, restaurant and take-out venue the Terminal to be operated by Claus Meyer, who with a young Rene Redzepi as headchef and partner, created Noma, in Copenhagen, ranked “Best Restaurant in the World” in annual surveys by Restaurant magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Long Island’s warm weather possibilities are plentiful and LIRR has your deals to get to the summer’s best attractions. Whether you’re looking to soak in the sun on the shores of Long Beach, head down a water slide at Splish Splash or take a scenic bike ride in Bethpage – the Railroad provides a convenient and comfortable, air-conditioned ride.
FASTRACK runs on 2 3 4 lines in Brooklyn between Bergen St & Grand Army Plaza June 23 - 27
A wrap of work activities that took place during FASTRACK on Fourth Ave N R lines in Brooklyn, June 16-20, 2014
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 20 - June 23
A temporary extension to an existing pedestrian bridge will be installed this summer on the Haven Avenue side of the Port Washington station to restore platform access for customers under a solution proposed by the LIRR and agreed to by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
The first new ramp added to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge since it was built in the 1960s is now open to traffic. The two-lane lower level connector ramp, which begins on the Staten Island Expressway and leads to the Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge, is part of MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ $50 million toll plaza improvement project. The ramp is expected to immediately improve traffic flow through the busy I-278 corridor by accommodating more traffic from the Staten Island Expressway, said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineer Project Manager Piv Lim. “We expect motorists will notice this positive change right away,” Lim said.
New York City Transit is getting ready to install more station intercoms to enhance customer safety and security. NYCT will seek MTA Board approval next week to install the new Help Point Intercoms at 70 additional stations. The devices enable direct communication with station agents and the Rail Control Center. These high-tech devices will serve as a welcome beacon to worried customers and lost tourists alike and is part of the MTA’s ongoing efforts to bring the subway system into the 21st century.
No N, R trains between 95 St and 36 St, Brooklyn during FASTRACK June 16 - 20, 2014. N trains are rerouted via the D line in both directions between Stillwell Av and 36 St.
A look at accomplishments during FASTRACK on the F Line between DUMBO and Lower Manhattan during the week of June 9 - 13, 2014

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