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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.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 15 - April 18
The New York Islanders have made it to the postseason once again, and MTA Long Island Rail Road is providing extra service to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to ensure you don’t miss any of the action. As the Islanders host the Panthers on Sunday, April 17, Wednesday, April 20, and Sunday, April 24 (if necessary) – LIRR will continue to provide extra trains heading to hockey games at Barclays Center.
80,000 Feet of Continuous Welded Rail for the New Haven Line
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 8 - April 11
If you’ve been thinking about a little NYC staycation, then Long Island Rail Road has a deal for you at a beautiful, boutique hotel right across the street from Penn Station. Whether it’s a romantic getaway with that special someone or a family outing – Manhattan NYC – Affinia Hotel will make every effort to suit your needs. There’s even an Affinia Junior program that includes “Family Fun” chests filled with board games. Other features include colorable pillows and kid-friendly snacks.
For a second year in a row, MTA New York City Transit is asking customers to share feedback on the subway and bus system for a worldwide survey of transit systems
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 1 - April 4
The MTA Capital Plan will be funded and the state's investment will be the largest ever made to the program. As Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a budget agreement on Thursday, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast expressed his satisfaction with the agreement.
A new and improved Wantagh Station is getting underway. MTA Long Island Rail Road announced the primary contractor for the planned $23.9 million rehabilitation project. Fortunato Sons Contracting, Inc., will lead the venture expected to create 100 construction jobs. The infrastructure investment at Wantagh, financed by the MTA Capital Program, will include a new concrete platform, segmented canopy, platform waiting room, escalator, elevator, lighting, communications system and signage as well as a distinctive public art project. It’s all part of the first significant upgrade of the facility since it was built nearly 50 years ago. The addition of an elevator will make the station ADA accessible for the first time.
As March ‘goes out like a lamb’ the surest sign of spring arrives -- baseball season is about to begin. The New York Yankees home opener is scheduled for Monday, April 4 and the New York Mets open their season at home on Friday, April 8. All season long, getting to the stadiums are stress-free when you ride the subway, MTA’s railroads or MTA buses. Here are details of game-day service for Yankee and Mets fans, alike.
The New York Yankees return to the Bronx on Monday, April 4, with their 2016 home opener against the Houston Astros. MTA Metro-North Railroad is coming back too, with “Yankee Clipper” service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, and continual shuttle service before, during and after the game from Grand Central Terminal and Harlem-125th Street.
Our National League champion New York Mets return to Citi Field on Friday, April 8 to play their 2016 home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies and MTA Long Island Rail Road is once again providing special train service to Mets-Willets Point Station and the ballpark.