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The 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central is open at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, with a Lionel model train layout that will thrill children and railroad enthusiasts alike. The walls of the exhibition gallery will feature whimsical artwork by Maira Kalman, the author and illustrator of the popular children’s book, Next Stop Grand Central. Now a longstanding tradition, the Holiday Train Show is a fun, festive way to ring in the New Year.
The Holiday Light Show is on display daily through December 26th with 30-minute shows running continuously each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Each half hour comprises four parts, including holiday- and train-inspired segments.
For those looking for something a bit unique and with those personal hand-made touches, look no further than Grand Central Terminal’s annual Holiday Fair. The indoor shopper’s market -- sponsored by Shaw Floors -- fills the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with 76 artists and craftspeople drawn primarily from New York City and its surrounding areas. The fair offers shoppers an eclectic mix of art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.
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All blasting operations for Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway Project are complete. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that the Second Avenue Subway project, the largest expansion of the New York City subway network in generations, has reached major new milestones in its on-time, on-budget progress to serve customers on Manhattan’s East Side by the end of 2016.
FASTRACK Returns to Brooklyn on the D and N lines Weekend, 5:30 AM to 8 PM • Sat and Sun • Nov 23 - 24
Using land and access provided by MTA Metro-North Railroad, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and the City of Beacon have built a new trail in Beacon's Hudson River Greenway Trail system. The newly named Dave Miller Connector Trail connects the Beacon's Hudson River waterfront to the Madam Brett Park.
Despite an historic level of repair work throughout the MTA’s vast network of tracks, tunnels and under-river tubes, the effects of Superstorm Sandy will be felt for years to come. Work crews, however, are making steady progress fixing the extensive damage caused by several feel of salt water, particularly to the system’s under-river tubes.
An 11-car train of new Kawasaki R-188 subway cars recently began 30-day performance testing along the Flushing Line.
Brooklyn has a new Select Bus Service route -- the B44. MTA New York City Transit, together with the NYC Department of Transportation launched the service, the city’s sixth Select Bus route, along Nostrand, Rogers and Bedford Avenues.
The 250,000th E-ZPass On-the-Go tag was sold in a toll plaza cash lane at one of its seven bridges and two tunnels. The sale means a quarter of a million drivers have used the new option to switch to the savings and convenience of E-ZPass instead of fumbling for cash and change at tollbooths.
The MTA and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) have announced that the MTA intends to surrender an approximately 550,000-square foot site at the intersection of East Gun Hill Road and the New England Thruway in the Bronx to Gun Hill Square, LLC, a joint venture between Grid Properties, Inc., and Gotham Organization, Inc., to build a pedestrian-oriented retail destination with 260,000 square feet of leasable space, and, if public financing is available, up to 100 units of senior housing. The purchase price of $30.5 million will go toward the MTA’s 2010-2014 Capital Program.
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it will complete a major track improvement project in the Bronx this weekend that will improve reliability with all four tracks in the area back in service for the first time since the intensive upgrade began July 1.
MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK back to Upper Manhattan along the [A] [C] [D] [B] lines.
It’s time for MTA New York City Transit to dust off the vintage equipment and roll out the historic buses and subway cars that served as the foundation for the largest mass transit system in North America.
MTA cost-cutting measures have been more effective than anticipated. As outlined in the Final Proposed 2014 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan, the growth of agency expenses in 2014 will be limited to 1.96% which is in line with the rate of inflation.
Added safety measures
FASTRACK Wraps Up at Grand Concourse
New MTA Long Island Rail Road timetables will go into effect on Monday, November 11 with service improvements on tap for the Port Washington, Main Line/Ronkonkoma, Long Beach, Huntington and Babylon branches.
Whether it's catching up on holiday shopping, heading into the City for the Thanksgiving Day Parade or Radio City's Christmas Spectacular -- Long Island Rail Road has special discounts and extra trains to get you where you need to go.

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