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A familiar face to the MTA family will be returning...this time, to head New York City Transit. On Tuesday, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced the appointment of Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim as the eighth permanent president of the agency, which moves more than 8 million daily customers on subways, buses, the Staten Island Railway and paratransit service.
Ride Free and Save on The Illusionists
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for November 13 - November 16
Customers at some more subway stations can now check social media or download apps thanks to Phase 4 expansion of wireless, public safety and Wi-Fi services to 21 underground subway stations in the Bronx and 16 in Manhattan. In addition, Transit Wireless has initiated design and construction work on the fifth phase of the seven-phase project to wire all 279 underground MTA stations. When completed, Phase 5 will bring another 37 stations online by mid-2016, including the first stations in Brooklyn. “More and more, access to high speed internet is a necessity and many New Yorkers cannot afford to be blacked out while trying to get from point A to point B,” Governor Cuomo said. “By ensuring that subways stations throughout the city offer full Wi-Fi capabilities, we are not only improving rider experience, but also making public transportation a more viable option for those who work in and around our city.”
The MTA is celebrating 75 years of the Queens Midtown Tunnel the weekend of November 15, three years after the only under-river link for Manhattan and Queens drivers closed for the first time due to extensive flooding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Sports Fans Are Helping to Push MTA Long Island Rail Road Ridership Higher
Take the train to dine during Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) presented by The Valley Table magazine, November 2 to 15. The anticipation is already building as the valley’s top chefs and restaurateurs prepare for the region’s ultimate culinary event. Offering everything from Hudson River views of the Palisades (X20 Xaviars on Hudson in Yonkers and The Red Hat Bistro in Irvington) to village Main Street shopping (Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring and Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon), almost 80 Restaurant Week participants are within walking distance from a Metro-North station along the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines.
The ribbon has been cut for the newly completed North White Plains Parking Garage located at the southeast corner of Bond Street and Haarlem Avenue, across from the Metro-North North White Plains train station. North White Plains station is one of the busiest stations in Metro-North’s service area, serving almost 2,200 customers during the weekday and almost 1,300 riders on the weekend.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for October 30 - November 2
The New York Mets will be taking on the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series and MTA trains and buses will be ready to serve fans headed to Citi Field starting Friday, October 30 for Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary). If you’re not into the Fall Classic, there’s plenty more going on this weekend with Saturday’s annual Village Halloween Parade and Sunday’s TSC New York City Marathon. Wherever you are going, the MTA will get you there!
MTA Board Approves 2015 - 2019 Capital Program
There’s no better way to get around New York City than the subway system and that has been the case for more than a century. In observing the 111th anniversary of North America’s largest subway, customers should note that the system has recently been expanded by one station – the newly opened 34th Street – Hudson Yards terminal. While making it far more convenient to reach Manhattan’s far West Side, the Flushing Line’s latest addition will spur tremendous growth in the surrounding area just as the subway did for the City.
A 1,920-square-foot seating area in Grand Central Terminal’s Lower Level Dining Concourse is closed as of Monday, October 26, in order to open a structural framework that will allow for the future construction of stairways and escalators that will connect Grand Central’s Lower Level to the 10-block long, 350,000-square-foot Long Island Rail Road concourse and eight-track train terminal being built underneath Grand Central Terminal.
E. Virgil Conway, who served as both Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) chairman and as a member of the MTA Board, died Wednesday in Southampton, New York. He was 85.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for October 23 - October 26
MTA New York City Transit plans to increase scheduled service on 12 subway lines with the most significant changes coming to the 42 St [S] shuttle’s weeknight service. The addition of 31 round trips planned for the [1][2][4][5][6][A][E][J][M][N][S] lines on weekdays, as well as the addition of 3 round trips planned for the [C] line on Sundays, reflect the subway system’s surging ridership and anticipated increased demand as residential and commercial development continues to change New York City’s landscape. NYC Subways moved an average of nearly 5.6 million daily customers in 2014, and 2015 subway ridership is on track to exceed that record. Crew and schedule changes will be finalized in the coming months and the service changes will go into effect in June 2016.
Nineteen canine police officers graduated from MTA Police explosives detection and anti-terrorism training this morning in a ceremony at Grand Central Terminal.
With the New York Mets getting ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series, MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready to serve fans headed to Citi Field for Games 1 and 2, which are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. tomorrow, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. The MTA will also provide service to Games 6 and 7, if they are necessary, on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25.
With the New York Mets getting ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series, MTA New York City Transit subways and buses are ready to serve fans headed to Citi Field for Games 1 and 2, which are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. tomorrow, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. The MTA will also provide service to Games 6 and 7, if they are necessary, on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25.
With the New York Mets getting ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series, MTA trains and buses are ready to serve fans headed to Citi Field for Games 1 and 2, which are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. tomorrow, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. The MTA will also provide service to Games 6 and 7, if they are necessary, on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25.

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