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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a new leader at the helm, following the confirmation Thursday by the New York State Senate of Thomas F. Prendergast to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
When the Triborough Bridge opened on July 11, 1936, it was among the most significant public works projects built during the Great Depression, providing jobs for 2,800 workers daily as the project neared completion. Groundbreaking for the bridge took place on October 25, 1929, just four days before the stock market crash that ushered in the Depression. Originally designed to resemble the Manhattan Bridge, work on the municipal project came to an abrupt halt in 1932 with only some piers and parts of the anchorages in place.
Bear, a member of the NYPD Transit Bureau’s K-9 Unit, sustained four broken teeth and lacerations to his tongue when he and his handler, Police Officer Vincent Tieniber, 36, came to the aid of a fellow officer late Tuesday morning as he attempted to break up a violent dispute in a midtown Manhattan subway station. Though injured, Bear displayed the poise, courage and training associated with the K-9 Unit.
Long Island Rail Road customers should anticipate some train cancelations, diversions and delays during today's AM Peak due to Monday evening's derailment inside one of Amtrak's East River tunnels.
Delays on LIRR due to derailment in East River Tunnel
Eight eager and well-trained canines – joined by their human partners – entered the ranks of the MTA Police Department’s Canine Unit at a graduation ceremony held on Friday, June 14, 2013, in Grand Central Terminal. The canines, who are roughly 1½ years old and are German Shepherds or German Shepherd/Belgian Shepherd mixes, completed an intensive 14-week course with their human partners in which they learned all aspects of explosives detection, recognition and handling. The MTA K-9 Unit is believed to be the largest such force in the nation, with 50 canines in service.
MTA Photographer Patrick Cashin has been photographing the Second Avenue Subway project since 2009. He recalls the progress he's seen for this video produced by Flickr.
FASTRACK Returns to the Broadway Line
Final Contract Awarded for Second Avenue Subway
Al Roker Visits Zerega Bus Training Facility
MTA Receives Three Awards
MTA Long Island Rail Road President has opened an Information Center at Port Washington Station to detail the benefits of the LIRR’s proposed track extensions at its Port Washington Train Yard. A website with details is also available online, at this link: http://www.mta.info/lirr/portwashingtonproject
FASTRACK Rides the A Line This Week in Upper Manhattan
We brought our FASTRACK maintenance program to Queens this week with hundreds of Transit workers descending into tunnels and stations on the Queens Boulevard Line, replacing and repairing items from light bulbs to damaged structural steel.
Metro-North and the Town of Cortlandt have received a Planning Achievement Award from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation for the expanded Cortlandt Station.
MTA Long Island Rail Road is adding 38 trains (18 eastbound, 20 westbound) to its regular schedule to bring up to 20,000 thoroughbred racing fans to Belmont Park for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 8.
FASTRACK Returns to Washington Heights/Inwood
Sandy Repairs Require Closure of Greenpoint G Tube
Sandy Repairs Require Closure of Montague R Tube
MTA LIRR Advisory

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