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Station Improvements Underway on Upper Harlem Line
Metro-North has partnered with some of the region’s top tourism partners to offer customers special discounted excursion packages. Representatives from regional destinations and attractions will help you plan your next getaway – whether it’s a family outing, romantic weekend or outdoor adventure. Explore easy to reach, affordable and exciting daytrips and overnight places to go and things to do throughout New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, including: Discovery Times Square, Empire City Casino, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Lyndhurst Mansion, Maritime Aquarium and much more.
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it will enter into a contract with Ensco Inc. to design, build and deliver one of the most advanced track inspection vehicles in the world. The vehicle will use innovative laser, optical and inertial sensor systems to analyze the condition of the rail and track infrastructure, alerting Metro-North to any track anomalies.
Bus safety was once again a top priority for the MTA. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) hosted more than 75 researchers, representatives from major bus manufacturers and safety experts from federal transportation agencies and transit agencies around North America to discuss bus and pedestrian safety issues during a bus safety symposium on May 10.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 13 - May 16
Construction for the $23.9 million modernization of the Long Island Rail Road’s Wantagh Station has begun. On Thursday, MTA Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski marked the official start with a groundbreaking for the project made possible by the State of New York’s support for the MTA Capital Program as well as a $4 million contribution from Nassau County. Nowakowski was joined at groundbreaking ceremonies on Sunrise Highway by State Senator Michael Venditto, State Assemblyman David McDonough, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney and Chris Brown, President of the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce. Also on hand was Barney Fortunato Jr. of Long Island-based Fortunato Sons Contracting, Inc., the primary contractor on a project expected to create 100 construction jobs.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 6 - May 9
Metro-North Railroad encourages its employees and customers to take a little time from their day on May 9 to give the gift of life. Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall will be the site of a huge community blood drive as MTA Metro-North Railroad partners with New York Blood Center on Monday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, with Metro-North Senior Vice President of Operations, John Kesich in attendance cutting the ceremonial ribbon at 9 a.m.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels closed the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on May 1, 2016, for the Five Boro Bike Tour.
Donald Spero has been named President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels. MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast appointed Spero who had been serving as Acting President since August 2015. The appointment is effective immediately.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 29 - May 2
The Long Island Rail Road’s weekend service to Greenport and Long Island’s North Fork resumes Saturday, April 30, with trains running on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through November 27. Surrounded by Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, this part of the East End offers an easy-going, rural feel first noticed from the window of your LIRR double-decker train as it moves through a picturesque landscape that is the heart of Suffolk County’s wine country. There are more than 35 vineyards in this part of Long Island and the train trip takes you so close to the grapes that you actually transverse the Castello de Borghese Vineyard and its rural railroad crossing in the hamlet of Cutchogue.
Thoroughbred racing returns to Belmont Park on Friday, April 29, as the racetrack’s 2016 Spring-Summer meeting gets underway. And once again, the Long Island Rail Road and New York Racing Association (NYRA) have joined together to provide daily train service for racing fans.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 22 - April 25
MTA New York City Transit is continuing it's earth-friendly efforts. As part of recommendations from a blue-ribbon commission tasked with reducing the impact of public transit on the environment,has installed approximately 6,500 sustainable composite ties in a major Staten Island Railway (SIR) track renewal project to repair significant damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels is wrapping up installation of new environmentally friendly LED lights at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, the last of the agency’s four suspended spans to upgrade its “necklace” light fixtures that are part of the bridges’ architectural features. Final programing for the controls of the recently installed LED lights is underway, but the view will be worth it when the lights go on permanently (see photo of recent test run).
Turnstyle Opens at Columbus Circle
Customers who have concerns about upcoming L train work will have a chance to speak their minds. The MTA has announced the first of two public meetings to discuss future reconstruction work on the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries the [L] train under the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory at 355 Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. A Manhattan-based public meeting to be held later in May will be announced soon.
Subway ridership is on an upward trend. Annual subway ridership increased 0.6% from 2014 to 2015 to 1.763 billion, the highest since 1948. Weekday ridership increased by 0.9% to 5.7 million, also the highest since 1948. Forty-nine weekdays in 2015 had over six million riders. Weekend subway ridership declined by 0.7% to 5.9 million, but is still among the highest since two-day weekends became nearly universal in the mid-20th century.
A new pedestrian and motor vehicle bridge over Long Island Rail Road tracks is now open to the public. Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski was joined on Friday by State Senator Jack M. Martins, State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer and Village of Westbury Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro for the opening of the new Ellison Ave. Bridge in Westbury, a $17.5 million project delivered by the LIRR right on schedule.

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