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The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 24 - April 27
MTA Bridges and Tunnels is set to begin a Capital Construction project to reconstruct the nearly 50-year-old Rockaway Point Boulevard Overpass at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge using an accelerated construction timeline that will see work completed by the end of this year.
To celebrate Earth Week, the MTA is hailing its largest-ever energy-efficiency project, which will save $2.5 million in annual energy costs at Grand Central Terminal. The upgrades will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11,200 tons a year—the equivalent of removing roughly 2,140 cars from the road. The more than 750,000 people who pass through Grand Central daily will benefit from improved air quality and better climate control.
Subway ridership in New York City has reach the highest annual ridership in more than 65 years. According to new MTA New York City Transit figures, ridership grew 2.6% to 1.751 billion customers in 2014. Some 5.6 million customers rode the subway on an average weekday and 6 million customers on an average weekend. Weekday ridership rose by more than 132,000 last year, and by more than 500,000 over the last five years. At its busiest, the subway system carried more than 6 million customers on 29 weekdays in the last four months of 2014 – a level not seen since the post-World War II boom.
Weekend at Work: Crews replaced and repaired track on the L line on the weekend of April 17-20, 2015. Photos: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
Changes to New Haven Line Waterbury Branch Service Begin April 25
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 17 - April 20
Folks traveling through Fulton Center can soon catch more than a train...they can catch an earful of poetry. On Thursday, April 23, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America will set up poetry booths for the public at the downtown transit hub. The event, Poetry in Motion: The Poet Is In, celebrates National Poetry Month with more than a score of poets writing poems on the spot for anyone who wants one. The concept was inspired by the booth where Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts comic strip gave advice.
New Metro-North Schedules Begin Sunday, April 26
MTA Arts & Design has installed “Breaking Ground,” a photography exhibit by Patrick J. Cashin that focuses on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s major infrastructure projects.
LIRR service is suspended in both directions between Penn and Jamaica due to an unauthorized person on the tracks struck by a train at Penn Station. NYC Transit is honoring LIRR fares in both directions on: the 7 subway train between Woodside and Manhattan (42nd Street), the E train between Jamaica and Penn and the 2 & 3 trains between Penn and Atlantic Terminal.
MTA Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center (NYBC) encourage commuters to give the gift of life during their commute on Thursday, April 16th by visiting the public donation station in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. The drive will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Metro-North President, Joseph Giulietti, participating. By setting aside less than an hour to donate, MTA employees and commuters can help our region’s blood supply levels stay on track through the spring and save lives.
The MTA is stepping up efforts to recruit and train small business owners on Long Island, especially those certified as NYS Minority, Women-owned and MTA certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, to bid on MTA contracts totaling billions of dollars that will be awarded under the transportation agency’s 2015-19 Capital Program. Understanding the bidding process for MTA contracts is critical for MWDBE companies to successfully submit bids – and is a tremendous business opportunity given New York’s goal to award an unprecedented 30 percent of state contracts to NYS certified MWBE companies.
The LIRR is a fast and convenient way to get you to all of this season’s games at Citi Field with direct train service to the ballpark available from Penn Station, Woodside, and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. Those traveling from Long Island or southern Queens on other branches can reach Citi Field by changing trains at Woodside, just a five-minute ride from the stadium. Customers from Eastern Long Island should consult branch timetables for service to Woodside, where transfers can be made to Port Washington Branch trains on Platform B for service to Mets-Willets Point. Fans from NYC or New Jersey can board trains at Penn Station, which is just a quick 19 minutes away on the LIRR. The ballpark is just 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington.
Metro-North’s new and improved Train Time app delivers convenient, real-time train status with better service alerts, new search fields, a new refresh feature and more. So if you already use Train Time or if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time to upgrade your travel with Train Time. It’s free!
Which MTA Crossings Opened in Conjunction with Two World’s Fairs?
A day at the ballpark is fun but why should the good times start only when your team hits the field or the hot dog guy comes around? About 90 minutes prior to Monday’s Yankees Opening Day game against the Blue Jays, MTA New York City Transit will be sending a special “Nostalgia Special” non-stop from Grand Central-42 St to 161 St-Yankee Stadium. The ride up to the Bronx will get fans to the stadium gates in plenty of time for the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 3 - April 6
MTA Capital Construction welcomed its 10,000th visitor to the Second Avenue Subway Community information Center (CIC) on April 1st. Alisa Becker, who lives in the 96th Street station area was greeted by MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu as she walked in the door. Horodniceanu presented her with a plaque containing a piece of Manhattan Schist attached. The rock was excavated from below Second Avenue where the tunnels and caverns were excavated to construct the subway. She was also guaranteed a spot on a future community tour of the tavern.
On the schedule is the completion of improvements that were started last year at Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Purdy's and Croton Falls stations on the Harlem Line. (While our gangs work tirelessly to finish each year's work, it is always subject to weather and logistical challenges.) On the Hudson Line, spruce ups are planned for Spuyten Duyvil, Marble Hill, University Heights and Morris Heights. (The gangs are also venturing to the other side of the Hudson with the intention of shining up Spring Valley Station on our Pascack Valley Line.) This is the fifth year of our Station Enhancement program, with two paint gangs, 2-3 electricians, and 2-3 tin smiths w