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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:
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
Six peregrine falcon chicks, hatched last month high atop two MTA bridges last month, have joined the MTA fold. Three chicks were born at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and three at Throgs Neck Bridge.
New Bus Service Coming to Brooklyn and Queens in September
Second Avenue Subway Project Receives Award
The first of several ramps being reconstructed and rehabilitated as part of the $50 million toll plaza improvement project at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is opening at Narrows Road South in June. Once the new Brooklyn-bound entrance ramp opens, the old ramp and a portion of the Narrows Road South exit ramp that leads to Lily Pond Avenue will be demolished to make way for the new lower level connector ramp, which will lead motorists directly from the Staten Island Expressway onto the bridge’s lower level
2nd Avenue Restaurant & Retail Week