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The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for September 23 - September 26
Two of the Long Island Rail Road's central hubs are about to get makeovers. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wedensday that work has begun on a $121 million initiative to rebuild, reimagine and modernize the Hicksville station, the busiest station on Long Island. In addition, the LIRR has awarded a $64.9 million contract to create a new platform and tracks at the Jamaica station, the LIRR’s central hub and main transfer point. Renderings of the Hicksville project are available here and of the Jamaica project here. The capital investments will improve the two key stations on the LIRR's 40-mile spine between Jamaica and Ronkonkoma.
The New York Transit Museum’s annual Bus Festival returns on Sunday, September 25! See and step aboard selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. Located on Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, the event is free and open to the public from 11am to 6pm alongside the festivities, food, and fun of the 42nd Annual Atlantic Antic.
MTA Long Island Rail Road is co-sponsoring the 4th Annual Car Free Day Long Island on Thursday, September 22, the day supporters hope thousands of Long Islanders who usually drive will leave their car at home and take the LIRR to work, school, or to run errands.
As renewal projects at the Saratoga Av and Pennsylvania Av 3 line stations near completion, MTA New York City Transit will reopen the stations at 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 19. The two stations were closed for renewal work on April 11, 2016 as part of an $88 million capital project to rehabilitate seven elevated stations along the 3 line on the New Lots Av Branch. During the closures, customers were able to take advantage of free shuttle bus service. Improvements at both stations include the installation of brand new windscreens, platform lighting, benches, trash receptacles, guard rails and ADA tactile warning strips on the platforms. Both stations were painted and the fare control areas were reconfigured to enable better customer flow. Structural renovations include the installation of new columns, platform rubbing boards, and new mezzanine floors. While service at these stations will be restored, there is still work to be completed, including the installation of new windows, and a new exterior façade to the mezzanine.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for September 16 - September 19
Metro-North Railroad is offering customers special getaway deals for three upcoming Hudson Valley events that celebrate the area’s scenery, history, delicious locally produced wine, spirits and food. Riding Metro-North is a safe, economical and easy way to experience a beautiful fall day in the Hudson Valley, a region declared one of the top twenty tourist destinations in the world. Making the trip on Metro-North is part of the fun. Frommer’s Travel Guide calls the Metro-North ride along the Hudson River “one of the most scenic train trips in the United States.”
Grade crossings along the Long Island Rail Road service areas will see safety upgrades thanks to some federal grant money. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded $5 million to New York State Department of Transportation, for LIRR and Metro-North Railroad, as part of a $25 million nationwide grant package. The money has been allocated to increase safety at railroad crossings, train stations, and tracks across the country. A total of 23 projects in 14 states and the District of Columbia received funding. FRA received 40 eligible applications requesting $67.5 million, nearly three times the $25 million that Congress provided in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds DOT.
Grade crossings along Metro-North Railroad will see safety upgrades thanks to some federal grant money. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)has awarded $5 million to New York State Department of Transportation, for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road, as part of a $25 million nationwide grant package. The money has been allocated to New York State Department of Transportation to increase safety at railroad crossings, train stations, and tracks across the country. A total of 23 projects in 14 states and the District of Columbia received funding. FRA received 40 eligible applications requesting $67.5 million, nearly three times the $25 million that Congress provided in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds DOT.
Grade crossings along Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road service areas will see about $5 million in safety upgrades thanks to some federal grant money. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)has awarded the money to New York State Department of Transportation as part of a $25 million nationwide grant package. The money has been allocated to increase safety at railroad crossings, train stations, and tracks across the country. A total of 23 projects in 14 states and the District of Columbia received funding. FRA received 40 eligible applications requesting $67.5 million, nearly three times the $25 million that Congress provided in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds DOT.
The MTA has begun Phase 2 of Operation Track Sweep, its multi-pronged plan to dramatically reduce the amount of trash on subway tracks, and in the process improve the station environment, and reduce track fires and train delays. This second phase of Track Sweep focuses on an intensive two-week, system-wide cleaning during which more than 500 workers will remove trash and debris from the tracks at all of the system’s 469 stations – more than 10 miles of subway station track. The clean-up work on underground stations will be done at night, when ridership is at its lightest. During the day, workers will clean tracks at outdoor and elevated stations. During this phase of Operation Track Sweep, signs will be posted at each station noting the date and time that the tracks were cleaned.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for September 9 - September 12
Wherever you’re starting from, all rail travel to the Meadowlands Sports Complex is covered by just a single ticket that is accepted on Metro-North Railroad, as well as NJ TRANSIT for the New Jersey portion of the trip. Customers can purchase tickets to the Meadowlands Sports Complex through at any Metro-North or Long Island Rail Road ticket office, ticket machine. When buying your ticket at a machine, select “M” and then Meadowlands as your destination. Customers should hold on to these special joint tickets to use on NJ Transit for connecting service to and from the Meadowlands.
Calling all football fans! The Long Island Rail Road wants to make it easy for you to get to New York Jets and New York Giants home games at MetLife Stadium all season long, and all other stadium events including college games. Take the train to the game to avoid traffic and parking hassles, and pay with just one ticket to make the trip.
Calling all football fans! The MTA wants to make it easy for you to get to New York Jets and New York Giants home games at MetLife Stadium all season long, and all other stadium events including college games. Whether you’re coming from Long Island, the Hudson Valley or Connecticut, take the train to the game to avoid traffic and parking hassles, and pay with just one ticket to make the trip.
MTA Long Island Rail Road is revving up its train service for New York Islanders games at Barclays Center, including adding a fourth post-game train, bound for Ronkonkoma, for the 2016-17 season. The increased service will provide fans with the same number of trains as during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will double the service from the start of last season. This service is over and above regularly scheduled service to and from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, which during off peak hours offers service on the Far Rockaway Branch and Hempstead Branch, with trains departing every 30 minutes.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has urged New Yorkers to prepare for potentially hazardous weather due to Tropical Storm Hermine that is moving up the East Coast, and will impact Southern Westchester, New York City and Long Island – areas which are now both under a Tropical Storm Warning – beginning Sunday through Tuesday. The storm is expected to last longer than initially anticipated across the downstate region. The Governor is activating the State Emergency Operations Center beginning Sunday at noon, and State Emergency Personnel are actively monitoring the storm as it approaches. Stockpile resources in the downstate region – including sandbags, high-axle vehicles, pumps and generators – are prepared for deployment, and the National Guard is on alert throughout the region.
Ever want to see the inner workings of a horse ranch and get to know some of these majestic creatures? MTA Long Island Rail is offering discounted packages to Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue Program in Riverhead. Spirit’s Promise offers sanctuary to horses who have been abused, neglected or unwanted. The horses are rehabilitated and given a new educational and recuperative purpose providing equine therapy and valuable learning experiences for all visitors.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for September 2 - September 6
There’s something for everyone at the 39th annual Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival taking place at Veteran’s Park on the charming Norwalk Harbor on September 9, 10 and 11. Riding Metro-North is an economical and easy way to join the fun.

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