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The Governor’s proposal includes a new approach to rapidly redesign and renew 30 existing subway stations across the system. It also includes a number of technology initiatives to bring the system into the 21st century, including expanding Wi-Fi hotspots, accelerating mobile payments and ticketing to replace the MetroCard, and providing USB ports on subway trains, buses and in stations to allow customers to charge their mobile devices. The Governor detailed this proposal at an event earlier today at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, where he was joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for January 8 - January 11
Ride Metro-North and Save on Westchester Knicks Games
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the second signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: a comprehensive plan to transform and expand vital infrastructure downstate and make critical investments in the region. Most notably, the proposal includes a major expansion and improvement project for the Long Island Rail Road. The Governor outlined these initiatives at an event today in Nassau County, where he was joined by Long Island Association President Kevin Law, MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast and LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski.
Tens of thousands of nostalgia loving riders took advantage of MTA New York City Transit’s Nostalgia Train trips this year, swarming platforms between Queens Plaza and 2nd Avenue, waiting to board a time machine for the price of a MetroCard. The four-weekend Nostalgia Train runs ended with record crowds being carried aboard the vintage IND subway train dubbed the “Shoppers Special.”
New York City Transit wants you to enjoy the holidays and know before you go -- whether it's to the family for Christmas or Times Square for New Year's Eve. Trains and buses will operate on special schedules during the holiday period to optimize service for the special holiday travel patterns.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) trains and buses will operate on special schedules during the New Year’s Day holiday period to optimize service for the special holiday travel patterns. Details follow for each MTA service, organized by day. For additional details -- click here for LIRR New Year's service and click here for Metro-North holiday service.
MTA Metro-North Railroad wants to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by providing all the service you’ll need for the upcoming holidays. Please remember that drinking alcohol on Metro-North trains and at our stations is banned from noon New Year's Eve until noon New Year's Day. And don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance if you are traveling "early morning" (after midnight) on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will be collected prior to boarding trains at Grand Central Terminal.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule from Penn Station on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, to accommodate an expected large number of customers leaving work early to begin their holiday weekend. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule from Penn Station on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, to accommodate the large number of customers expected to leave work early to begin their Christmas holiday. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.
The new year means new work for the Flushing [7] Line that will require weekend service shutdowns between Manhattan and Queens. The necessary work in 2016 requires fewer shutdowns than in previous years as reconstruction progresses and improvement projects near completion. Most of the track panel replacement work scheduled for 2016 will be on the three-track segment of the line, which will not require full suspensions of service since the presence of three-tracks allows trains to safely bypass work zones. This means fewer significant disruptions while track panel replacement continues.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 18 - December 21
It's about to get tougher for motorists who choose to forego payment of tolls. MTA Bridges and Tunnels is set to strengthen toll evasion enforcement at its seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City. This plan aligns with a proposed New York State regulation to suspend the registrations of vehicles that repeatedly evade payment on toll crossings.
Metro-North has been hard at work on its tracks and the construction has paid off. The railroad announced the latest results of an extraordinary systemwide track reconstruction effort that has rebuilt miles of the railroad in the last two and a half years, delivering smoother, safer and more reliable service to customers. Since May 2013, Metro-North workers have replaced 97,961 ties, laid 16.5 miles of continuous welded rails, rebuilt 88 switches, renewed and/or upgraded 32 railroad crossings, and performed 2,905 welds on joints that connect stretches of track with one another.
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it has named Justin R. Vonashek as the agency’s new Vice President of System Safety. The position will oversee all efforts to ensure the safety of its customers and employees as the Railroad continues to improve work practices and invest in new technology and equipment. Vonashek (pronounced VON-uh-shek) will report to Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti and work closely with MTA Chief Safety Officer David Mayer and MTA Sr. Advisor, Corporate Safety Initiatives Anne Kirsch.
Customers who take the A, C lines know they can be crowded and take a while to get to their destination, but improvements are on the way following a New York City Transit full, end-to-end review. This is the fourth such comprehensive study joining previous reviews of the [F], [L], and [G] lines. New York City Transit (NYCT) examined all elements of the lines’ operations in order to improve service reliability, regularity, and customer convenience. Some of the recommendations in the review have already been implemented, and NYCT will continue to implement many of the recommendations over the course of 2016.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 11 - December 14
It's a new modern record for subway ridership! Preliminary data shows the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reached a when 6,217,621 customers entered the MTA New York City Transit subway system on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The subway system carried 50,000 more customers that day than at its previous record peak, just one year earlier.
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.

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