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Two new East Access Project milestones are complete, and one is sure to keep wearers of high-heeled shoes safe and happy. Workers have completed construction of a subterranean ventilation facility below East 55th Street in Manhattan, and $56.2 million in infrastructure improvements to Harold Interlocking, in Sunnyside, Queens, the busiest passenger train junction in the United States and the place where the tracks for the connection to Grand Central will meet with the Long Island Rail Road. And, it's the grates of the ventilation facility that have been designed with slip-resistant surfaces and the openings between the cross-bars are only 1/2 inch wide to help those wearing tricky shoes.
The MTA, NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak have launched a new public safety campaign offering safety tips for customers traveling through New York’s Penn Station. The campaign includes advertisements using the animated green and red “bubble people” already made famous in courtesy campaigns on New York City subways and buses, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. In images used in the campaign, individuals doing careless things are depicted in red, while others are depicted in green.
No time to shop? Catching a train? Subway riders can shop for holiday gifts inside New York City subways via an interactive experience on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s On The Go kiosks. Featuring thousands of curated products, the holiday gift guide sorts in real-time based on popularity across the nearly 100 kiosks citywide, which are operated by technology and media company Intersection.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 4 - December 7
On the centennial of Billy Strayhorn's birth, MTA Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) collaborated on a day of musical performances to celebrate the jazz composer's legacy with the help of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Transit Museum.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced today the opening of the newly reconstructed Rockaway Point Boulevard Overpass at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, completed on schedule in advance of Thanksgiving 2015.
MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the tracks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet of buses and subway trains – and the chance for transit fans to buy museum merchandise at a special station pop-up shop.
Trains and buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will operate on special schedules on Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, December 29, to accommodate the unique travel demands of Thanksgiving weekend. During the same time period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend maintenance at its nine crossings to facilitate increased travel.
Whether you’re heading to the parade, hosting family, or holiday shopping – Metro-North Railroad has you covered with special service and extra trains for all of your Thanksgiving weekend travel needs. Plus, off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day period, and customers can take advantage of free parking at many stations. Check for signs at stations, visit or call 511 for details. Customers outside of New York can call (877) 690-5114.
Beginning Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25 and continuing through the extended holiday weekend, MTA Long Island Rail Road will be providing extra train service and reduced fare programs that will making travel a snap for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Metro-North wants to get you to some of the season’s best shows and save you money, too. Metro-North is offering discount tickets for two Broadway hits – Les Miserables and the Illusionists. Plus, don’t miss out on the ever-popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular with savings of 20 percent. And, this year’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show is sure to wow adults and children, alike.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for November 20 - November 23
Ride the Rails Free and Save on Kinky Boots
Ride and Save on Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Use Code LIRR to Save $10 on Tickets & RIDE FREE to the Show!
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.