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Since the beginning of the year, a series of punishing winter storms have slammed into New York City with conveyor-like regularity. Dumping new snow on top of old, the weather has forced MTA New York City Transit employees to work through the prolonged “polar vortex” that left the metropolitan area in a bone-chilling deep freeze and posed challenges for them and equipment alike.
It's a grand online archive for Grand Central Terminal's one hundred years of existence. On Monday, The New York Transit Museum announced the launch of Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition made its debut in Vanderbilt Hall in conjunction with the Centennial’s opening ceremonies on February 1, 2013. Now this in-depth look at one of the world’s great landmarks moves to a permanent online base at www.gcthistory.com.
The elegant octagonal building off the tip of Governor’s Island was designed by some of the most famous architects of the 20th century. The Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel Governor’s Island ventilation building was designed by famed architects McKim Meade and White.
It’s President’s Week, the kids are home from school and you’re looking for something to do. Look no further than your own “backyard”. Try a NYC Getaway and enjoy quality time with the whole family – at a discount! The Long Island Rail Road wants to help you with plans and savings during Winter Recess by offering affordable packages that are just a train ride away. Try a NYC Getaway and enjoy quality time with the whole family – at a discount!
Metro-North Railroad, which carried about half of its normal rush hour ridership this morning, will operate 75% of its normal evening rush hour schedule today, across all lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven.
The MTA is prepared to get customers home safely for this evening's rush hour. The New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road will operate on normal schedules. New York City bus service will run at 85-90 percent capacity and some detours, delays and suspensions are possible on a route-by-route basis.
This week, for the first time, our FASTRACK maintenance program came to the 2 line 3 line 4 lines in Brooklyn between Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.
Weekender
Westbound LIRR service is suspended from Jamaica to Penn Station and on the Port Washington Branch from Woodside to Penn Station, because of a smoke condition in one of the East River tunnels.
A quick-thinking NYC Transit cleaner assigned to Brooklyn’s Forest Avenue Station responded to a customer’s call for help and caught one half of a cell-phone theft team, holding him for NYPD Officers, who placed him under arrest. The theft was in stark contrast to crime figures, which are dropping even as subway ridership reaches levels not recorded in 40 years.
Pilot will be expanded to 29 additional stations.
Metro-North’s annual east of Hudson ridership last year was the highest in the railroad’s history, at 81.8 million, surpassing the previous east of Hudson record of 81.5 million rides that was set in 2008. A surge in train travel over the last three months of 2013 helped boost MTA Long Island Rail Road’s ridership for the second year in a row with the LIRR recording a 2% jump in passenger rides over 2012 totals. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad each carried 83.4 million passengers in 2013.
Metro-North’s annual east of Hudson ridership last year was the highest in the railroad’s history, at 81.8 million, surpassing the previous east of Hudson record of 81.5 million rides that was set in 2008.
A surge in train travel over the last three months of 2013 helped boost MTA Long Island Rail Road’s ridership for the second year in a row with the LIRR recording a 2% jump in passenger rides over 2012 totals.
Although it’s not spring yet, MTA Bridges and Tunnels is already hard at work waging war against potholes, and the main weapons in the agency’s arsenal are a couple of odd-looking pieces of equipment called RoadPatchers. The beauty of the RoadPatcher is the ease and speed that it can conquer smaller, pesky potholes. Bridges and Tunnels has two of the unusual-looking trucks that have an articulated arm that looks a bit like a mechanical elephant’s trunk.
The cause of Metro-North's service disruption Thursday night has been traced to human error, according to MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. Prendergast stated on Friday that the problem occurred during an electrical repair project.
MTA Buses Battle the Elements
Metro-North train service has been restored on all three lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven. Customers should expect significant residual delays.
Metro-North service remains suspended on all lines due to system-wide signal problems. All trains are at a standstill until the railroad can troubleshoot the computers in its Operations Control Center to identify the problem. Please continue to check this website for updates.
Extremely cold, snowy or icy weather requires that trains be parked underground along the express tracks of lines around the system. Deep snow, frigid temperatures and icy buildup on the third rails are liable to trap trains inside the yards, rendering them useless when needed and also making it far more difficult to clear the yards of snow.

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