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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.
Whether you’re heading to the parade, hosting family, or holiday shopping – Metro-North Railroad has you covered with special service and extra trains for all of your Thanksgiving weekend travel needs. Plus, off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day period, and customers can take advantage of free parking at many stations. Check for signs at stations, visit or call 511 for details. Customers outside of New York can call (877) 690-5114.
Beginning Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25 and continuing through the extended holiday weekend, MTA Long Island Rail Road will be providing extra train service and reduced fare programs that will making travel a snap for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Metro-North wants to get you to some of the season’s best shows and save you money, too. Metro-North is offering discount tickets for two Broadway hits – Les Miserables and the Illusionists. Plus, don’t miss out on the ever-popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular with savings of 20 percent. And, this year’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show is sure to wow adults and children, alike.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for November 20 - November 23
Ride the Rails Free and Save on Kinky Boots
Ride and Save on Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Use Code LIRR to Save $10 on Tickets & RIDE FREE to the Show!
A familiar face to the MTA family will be returning...this time, to head New York City Transit. On Tuesday, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced the appointment of Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim as the eighth permanent president of the agency, which moves more than 8 million daily customers on subways, buses, the Staten Island Railway and paratransit service.
Ride Free and Save on The Illusionists
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for November 13 - November 16
Customers at some more subway stations can now check social media or download apps thanks to Phase 4 expansion of wireless, public safety and Wi-Fi services to 21 underground subway stations in the Bronx and 16 in Manhattan. In addition, Transit Wireless has initiated design and construction work on the fifth phase of the seven-phase project to wire all 279 underground MTA stations. When completed, Phase 5 will bring another 37 stations online by mid-2016, including the first stations in Brooklyn. “More and more, access to high speed internet is a necessity and many New Yorkers cannot afford to be blacked out while trying to get from point A to point B,” Governor Cuomo said. “By ensuring that subways stations throughout the city offer full Wi-Fi capabilities, we are not only improving rider experience, but also making public transportation a more viable option for those who work in and around our city.”
The MTA is celebrating 75 years of the Queens Midtown Tunnel the weekend of November 15, three years after the only under-river link for Manhattan and Queens drivers closed for the first time due to extensive flooding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Sports Fans Are Helping to Push MTA Long Island Rail Road Ridership Higher
Take the train to dine during Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) presented by The Valley Table magazine, November 2 to 15. The anticipation is already building as the valley’s top chefs and restaurateurs prepare for the region’s ultimate culinary event. Offering everything from Hudson River views of the Palisades (X20 Xaviars on Hudson in Yonkers and The Red Hat Bistro in Irvington) to village Main Street shopping (Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring and Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon), almost 80 Restaurant Week participants are within walking distance from a Metro-North station along the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines.
The ribbon has been cut for the newly completed North White Plains Parking Garage located at the southeast corner of Bond Street and Haarlem Avenue, across from the Metro-North North White Plains train station. North White Plains station is one of the busiest stations in Metro-North’s service area, serving almost 2,200 customers during the weekday and almost 1,300 riders on the weekend.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for October 30 - November 2
The New York Mets will be taking on the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series and MTA trains and buses will be ready to serve fans headed to Citi Field starting Friday, October 30 for Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary). If you’re not into the Fall Classic, there’s plenty more going on this weekend with Saturday’s annual Village Halloween Parade and Sunday’s TSC New York City Marathon. Wherever you are going, the MTA will get you there!
MTA Board Approves 2015 - 2019 Capital Program