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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) trains and buses will operate on special schedules during the New Year’s Day holiday period to optimize service for the special holiday travel patterns. Details follow for each MTA service, organized by day. For additional details -- click here for LIRR New Year's service and click here for Metro-North holiday service.
MTA Metro-North Railroad wants to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by providing all the service you’ll need for the upcoming holidays. Please remember that drinking alcohol on Metro-North trains and at our stations is banned from noon New Year's Eve until noon New Year's Day. And don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance if you are traveling "early morning" (after midnight) on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will be collected prior to boarding trains at Grand Central Terminal.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule from Penn Station on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, to accommodate an expected large number of customers leaving work early to begin their holiday weekend. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule from Penn Station on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, to accommodate the large number of customers expected to leave work early to begin their Christmas holiday. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.
The new year means new work for the Flushing [7] Line that will require weekend service shutdowns between Manhattan and Queens. The necessary work in 2016 requires fewer shutdowns than in previous years as reconstruction progresses and improvement projects near completion. Most of the track panel replacement work scheduled for 2016 will be on the three-track segment of the line, which will not require full suspensions of service since the presence of three-tracks allows trains to safely bypass work zones. This means fewer significant disruptions while track panel replacement continues.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 18 - December 21
It's about to get tougher for motorists who choose to forego payment of tolls. MTA Bridges and Tunnels is set to strengthen toll evasion enforcement at its seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City. This plan aligns with a proposed New York State regulation to suspend the registrations of vehicles that repeatedly evade payment on toll crossings.
Metro-North has been hard at work on its tracks and the construction has paid off. The railroad announced the latest results of an extraordinary systemwide track reconstruction effort that has rebuilt miles of the railroad in the last two and a half years, delivering smoother, safer and more reliable service to customers. Since May 2013, Metro-North workers have replaced 97,961 ties, laid 16.5 miles of continuous welded rails, rebuilt 88 switches, renewed and/or upgraded 32 railroad crossings, and performed 2,905 welds on joints that connect stretches of track with one another.
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it has named Justin R. Vonashek as the agency’s new Vice President of System Safety. The position will oversee all efforts to ensure the safety of its customers and employees as the Railroad continues to improve work practices and invest in new technology and equipment. Vonashek (pronounced VON-uh-shek) will report to Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti and work closely with MTA Chief Safety Officer David Mayer and MTA Sr. Advisor, Corporate Safety Initiatives Anne Kirsch.
Customers who take the A, C lines know they can be crowded and take a while to get to their destination, but improvements are on the way following a New York City Transit full, end-to-end review. This is the fourth such comprehensive study joining previous reviews of the [F], [L], and [G] lines. New York City Transit (NYCT) examined all elements of the lines’ operations in order to improve service reliability, regularity, and customer convenience. Some of the recommendations in the review have already been implemented, and NYCT will continue to implement many of the recommendations over the course of 2016.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 11 - December 14
It's a new modern record for subway ridership! Preliminary data shows the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reached a when 6,217,621 customers entered the MTA New York City Transit subway system on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The subway system carried 50,000 more customers that day than at its previous record peak, just one year earlier.
Two new East Access Project milestones are complete, and one is sure to keep wearers of high-heeled shoes safe and happy. Workers have completed construction of a subterranean ventilation facility below East 55th Street in Manhattan, and $56.2 million in infrastructure improvements to Harold Interlocking, in Sunnyside, Queens, the busiest passenger train junction in the United States and the place where the tracks for the connection to Grand Central will meet with the Long Island Rail Road. And, it's the grates of the ventilation facility that have been designed with slip-resistant surfaces and the openings between the cross-bars are only 1/2 inch wide to help those wearing tricky shoes.
The MTA, NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak have launched a new public safety campaign offering safety tips for customers traveling through New York’s Penn Station. The campaign includes advertisements using the animated green and red “bubble people” already made famous in courtesy campaigns on New York City subways and buses, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. In images used in the campaign, individuals doing careless things are depicted in red, while others are depicted in green.
No time to shop? Catching a train? Subway riders can shop for holiday gifts inside New York City subways via an interactive experience on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s On The Go kiosks. Featuring thousands of curated products, the holiday gift guide sorts in real-time based on popularity across the nearly 100 kiosks citywide, which are operated by technology and media company Intersection.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for December 4 - December 7
On the centennial of Billy Strayhorn's birth, MTA Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) collaborated on a day of musical performances to celebrate the jazz composer's legacy with the help of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Transit Museum.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced today the opening of the newly reconstructed Rockaway Point Boulevard Overpass at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, completed on schedule in advance of Thanksgiving 2015.
MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the tracks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet of buses and subway trains – and the chance for transit fans to buy museum merchandise at a special station pop-up shop.
Trains and buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will operate on special schedules on Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, December 29, to accommodate the unique travel demands of Thanksgiving weekend. During the same time period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend maintenance at its nine crossings to facilitate increased travel.