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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has urged New Yorkers to prepare for potentially hazardous weather due to Tropical Storm Hermine that is moving up the East Coast, and will impact Southern Westchester, New York City and Long Island – areas which are now both under a Tropical Storm Warning – beginning Sunday through Tuesday. The storm is expected to last longer than initially anticipated across the downstate region. The Governor is activating the State Emergency Operations Center beginning Sunday at noon, and State Emergency Personnel are actively monitoring the storm as it approaches. Stockpile resources in the downstate region – including sandbags, high-axle vehicles, pumps and generators – are prepared for deployment, and the National Guard is on alert throughout the region.
Ever want to see the inner workings of a horse ranch and get to know some of these majestic creatures? MTA Long Island Rail is offering discounted packages to Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue Program in Riverhead. Spirit’s Promise offers sanctuary to horses who have been abused, neglected or unwanted. The horses are rehabilitated and given a new educational and recuperative purpose providing equine therapy and valuable learning experiences for all visitors.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for September 2 - September 6
There’s something for everyone at the 39th annual Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival taking place at Veteran’s Park on the charming Norwalk Harbor on September 9, 10 and 11. Riding Metro-North is an economical and easy way to join the fun.
New LIRR schedules take effect on the day after Labor Day. On weekdays, track work on the Port Washington Branch will result in midday Off-Peak trains departing up to 7 minutes earlier than current times. In addition, track work requires slight adjustments to weekday, Off-Peak departure and arrival times on the Long Beach and Ronkonkoma branches. On weekends, look for changes on the Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches, the result of Hicksville Station construction work, switch replacement near Bethpage Station and ongoing Double Track work.
MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
To help you enjoy the last unofficial weekend of summer, and kick off a long Labor Day weekend, MTA railroads will provide extra service on Friday, September 2. All MTA services will operate on reduced schedules on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Details are below.
MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional early afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday, September 2 for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day Weekend. The additional trains will depart from Penn Station between 1:49 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. and will operate to Babylon, Far Rockaway, Great Neck, Huntington and Ronkonkoma. Montauk Branch customers should look for a special Montauk Branch September 2 Timetable that includes some new changes that start on Friday.
MTA Metro-North Railroad doesn’t want you to work hard to celebrate Labor Day! Metro-North has plenty of train service to get you where you need to go for the entire holiday weekend starting Friday, September 2, and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has partnered with Transit Wireless and Penguin Random House to launch Subway Reads, an eight-week long promotion that offers customers access to five free e-shorts, as well as extensive samples from full-length books, to enjoy while on the subway.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that Metro-North has completed renovation of the Croton-Harmon station’s customer waiting area. The $3.6 million project involves both station structural renovations and aesthetic improvements. The work was done in phases to allow for continual use by Metro-North customers with minimal disruption during the work.
New track laying between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma for the LIRR Double Track project is complete, and work on the final phase between Farmingdale and Central Islip is already underway and on schedule to be completed in 2018. Governor Cuomo made the announcement today in Hauppauge. The Double Track, extending from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma, will dramatically reduce delays on the LIRR and enable more off peak service in both directions by adding 13 miles of parallel track. Together with the full MTA eTix rollout, the LIRR Third Track proposal on the Main Line, East Side Access, and four new Metro-North Stations in the Bronx, the milestone reached today moves the MTA's commuter rail priorities forward in the Governor's $100 billion Infrastructure and Development Plan for New York.
What better way to spend the day than exploring the wonderful, locally produced food and drink of Dutchess County. Enjoy a scenic ride on Metro-North to stations along the Hudson and Harlem Lines where you will board the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link bus to various farms, shops and markets for a truly, tasty experience.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 19 - August 22
Your commute is a about to become a bit more flowery and bright thanks to new art posters. The MTA has released a new graphic arts poster commissioned by MTA Arts & Design that is inspired by a historical moment in New York City Transit history: Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 map of the subway system. “The Growing City,” by illustrator Gina Triplett, features a giant fluorescent flower blooming with patterned petals reminiscent of Vignelli’s subway lines and of American folk art and color. The bold imagery of “The Growing City” also honors the nearly 600 community gardens throughout New York City. “Gina’s colorful, graphic work celebrates the connection that the subway creates between people and communities with its use of Vignelli’s iconic subway map,” said MTA Arts & Design Deputy Director Amy Hausmann. “We love imagining the city as a giant flower, growing bigger and more beautiful as we make the city greener through our collective work in hundreds of community gardens across the boroughs and by using mass transit.”
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 12 - August 15
Spend an enjoyable day in President Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay Village, one of the most picturesque and historic areas on the North Shore of Nassau County, by taking advantage of the Long Island Rail Road’s popular discount Getaway package – available only four more weekends. For history buffs the big attractions are the sites associated with Teddy Roosevelt, including the Roosevelt family estate at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, which served as the summer White House from 1901-1909, his grave site at nearby Young’s Memorial Cemetery as well as Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary.
On this guided tour, you will visit three wineries, complete with tastings at each winery and enjoy live entertainment as you sip some of the region's best wines. Enjoy epicurean delights too — with a buffet lunch and the opportunity to purchase locally grown, fresh produce at local farms. It's the perfect way to spend a day in late summer or early fall.
There’s still several weeks of summer left, and MTA’s Metro-North Railroad has your perfect station destination to enjoy the rest of the season. Go camping, explore outdoor art, or sample local, edible offerings at the local farmers markets. Beacon Station, located in scenic Dutchess County, is only 90 minutes from Grand Central Terminal and moments away from seasonal splendor.
Operation Track Sweep is in full effect. The MTA announced that it has initiated a multi-pronged plan to dramatically reduce the amount of trash on subway tracks, and in the process improve the station environment, and reduce track fires and train delays.