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MTA Metro-North Railroad has announced details of a sweeping series of reforms it is undertaking to better ensure the safety of its customers and employees. The reforms address factors identified during several serious safety incidents over the last year, as well as issues identified by an in-depth Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) review of its operating practices that took place this past winter.
MTA New York City Transit plans to increase service this fall to the L/M lines that serve thousands of customers in growing neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. NYC Transit is adding service to these lines based on analysis of schedules and increased ridership demand.
It’s Monday morning and you’re rolling downtown on your regular [6] Lexington Avenue Local. The train pulls into 86 St and the doors slide open. They fail to close after a few minutes and then the conductor’s voice comes over the train’s pubic address system: “We are being delayed due to a sick customer onboard.”
COP Program Will Provide More Than $40,000 to Equip and Train More than 650 MTA Officers Patrolling Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Trains
A selection of 60 soloists and groups performed in Grand Central Terminal during Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 27th annual auditions for its Music Under New York program. The auditions are held to add new talent to the program, which is administered by MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design (AFT) and presents more than 7,500 performances annually in the MTA’s subways and railroads.
Update on New Haven Line Delays After Cos Cob Fire
Twenty-five years ago today, NYC Transit celebrated a milestone many believed could never be achieved when a paint-scarred [C] Train reached its terminal, was pulled from service and sent to the showers. What was so special? At that point, the largest subway system in North America was finally graffiti-free.
There’s nothing like making an early train and getting right to work, especially if you are the new president of MTA Long Island Rail Road. And that is just what Patrick Nowakowski, the man now at the helm of the nation’s busiest commuter line, did on his first day on the job.
A fire that destroyed an important remote switching control house near Cos Cob on Saturday morning may result in 5-10 minute delays for New Haven Line customers, as the railroad is only able to use two of four tracks in the peak direction through a nine-mile stretch. The fire has also eliminated the ability of the railroad to operate trains around problems if any arise in this area.
Forest Hills customers with limited mobility have easier access to the [E], [F], [M] and [R] trains with three new elevators installed for their use. MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the completion of the vital project that now allows customers in Queens to to reach the Forest Hills-71st Av station from the street level to both northbound and southbound platforms. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) also installed ADA boarding areas with tactile warning strips and signage, and reconstructed platform edges to comply with all ADA requirements.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 9 - 12
[A] line customers in Queens are about to see lots of station improvement. New York City Transit is about to begin a major $39 million capital project at five stations along the [A] line on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park.
Customers who take the G line in Brooklyn late at night...take note. On Monday, May 12, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program returns to the line which means [G] service will be suspended between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, May 12 to early Friday morning, May 16. Free shuttle buses, and [F] trains provide alternate service.
A Manhattan-bound [F] train carrying about 1,000 customers derailed shortly after 10:15 this morning, suspending service along the Queens Boulevard corridor. The incident occurred about 1,200 feet west of the 65th Street Station and the cause is currently under investigation.
E, F, M and R trains are running with service changes and delays at this time because of the derailment of an F train at 65th Street in Queens. Please refer to Service Status for the latest information. Customers are advised to use the J as an alternative. The LIRR is cross-honoring MetroCards at Penn Station, Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Jamaica.
Most people know that construction workers who help build tunnels and work underground are called “sand hogs” but did you know they worked side-by-side with another colorfully-named group known as “powder monkeys?”
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 2 - 5
Due to the collapse of a retaining wall at an apartment building above Metro-North tracks, a serious mudslide occurred last night just south of the Glenwood Station on the Hudson Line. Mud, soil and bricks buried the northbound local track.
Exciting races, family picnicking and the Long Island Rail Road make for the perfect trifecta at Belmont Park’s spring meet which runs from May 1 through July 13. LIRR service to the newly improved venue starts again on Thursday, May 1st in time for the park’s opening day. And customers get $1 off the $3 Grandstand admission when they show their rail ticket. And according to the NYRA, starting Opening Day guests will be greeted by a wide array of improvements, including 131 new HD televisions throughout the facility, a modernized Belmont café and a new backyard music stage.
In anticipation of a heavy, soaking rain that could amount to four inches or more, MTA New York City Transit has already canvassed the system cleaning drains, removing trash and making repairs. Efforts to prevent flooding also include upgrades to a previously vulnerable subway car storage area situated on the Harlem River at 148th Street.

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