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It was 74-years ago this month that Mayor Fiorello La Guardia pulled a switch to blast the last six feet of rock separating the Manhattan and Queens tubes at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. One photograph from the Bridges and Tunnels Special Archive collection shows the mayor, aided by Peggy MacDonald, the daughter of the construction company’s Chief Engineer, John MacDonald, pulling the switch on Nov.8, 1939.
A decade ago, the last train of “Redbirds” made their final run when an 11-car consist left Times Square headed for Flushing, Queens. The last trip was taken November 3, 2003.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is making its energy-efficient office building at 2 Broadway in Lower Manhattan more resilient against extreme storms. The changes will better adapt the building to a changing climate as the MTA consolidates its headquarters personnel there next year. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has bestowed its Energy Star certification on the building to recognize that MTA’s upgrades there are helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Queens District Attorney’s Office and Nassau County Police Department Crimes Against Property (CAP) Squad have announced the arrests of four people in connection with a scam discovered two weeks ago that used hidden cameras and bank card “skimmers” to target MTA Long Island Rail Road customers using ticket vending machines (TVMs) at locations in Nassau and Queens counties.
The saying, “Everything old is new again,” is true at the Henry Hudson Bridge where MTA Bridges and Tunnels is testing two prototype light poles that marry 20th century design with 21st century technology.
No D Service Between 205th Street and 161st Street-Yankee Stadium
MTA is the best way to get to marathon viewing locations.
The MTA has welcomed a new type of “virtual retail” into the New York City Subway to evaluate whether it can be replicated and scaled up as a new form of retail within the MTA network. In a pilot program being managed by the MTA’s advertising contractor CBS Outdoor, L’Oréal Paris is launching an Intelligent Color Experience in the 5 Av-Bryant Park subway station on November 4, 2013.
MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark unveiled the newly renovated and enhanced Queens Village LIRR Station on October 30, 2013.
The New York Transit Museum continues its part to help New Yorkers affected by Superstorm Sandy providing proceeds to The Graybeards, a not-for-profit organization working to rebuild the Rockaways.
Hardening and Protecting Our Transit Infrastructure
Officials see firsthand some of the emerging technologies the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is considering as part of the agency’s comprehensive hardening and resiliency efforts to protect the system from future storms.
This weekend, we repaired tracks on the A and D line south of 81st street in Manhattan and on the 7 line near Queensboro Plaza. Photos: MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins
Long Island Rail Road wants to help you savor the flavors of the North Fork this fall with connections to free shuttle service to the region for Veteran’s Day weekend. The shuttles are available at all LIRR North Fork stations to transport visitors to various wineries and food establishments during its Taste North Fork event on November 9, 10 and 11.
The LIRR wants you to go ahead and scream your way to Halloween by offering discount packages to New York City’s biggest and scariest haunted attraction, Blood Manor.
On Monday, October 28 at 5 a.m., MTA New York City Transit will re-open the newly refurbished northbound platforms of the [B] [Q] Line stations at Cortelyou Road, Beverley Road and Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn – a full two weeks earlier than scheduled.
FASTRACK has had an impact on the reliability of service; delays have been reduced by 4.4% in areas where FASTRACK work has been performed.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo visited NYC Transit headquarters for a press event launching “Come See the Comeback,” a freshly-developed tourism campaign. It urges New Yorkers to visit destinations within the MTA service region, ravaged last year by Superstorm Sandy but now well on their way back and ready for visitors. The Governor then led the press into the Whitehall Street station where they inspected a Grand Central/Times Square Shuttle train wrapped with the colorful “I Love NY” tourism ad campaign.
Long Island Rail Road and Jamaica station are celebrating a milestone. The major transportation hub, used by 150,000 commuters every day, marked its 100th anniverary on Wednesday, October 24, 2013.
A video of the ongoing work to rebuild the Montague Tubes is now available on the MTA’s YouTube page.