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MTA Adds Service to Area Beaches to Kick Off the Summer Season
Governor Andrew Cuomo has put the planned $121 million modernization of the Long Island Rail Road’s aging Hicksville station on the fast track, announcing the LIRR and the prime contractor have agreed to complete the job in 22 months, 13 months sooner than planned. “Hicksville station is the LIRR’s third busiest station – topped only by Penn and Jamaica - and it’s a key transfer point for customers on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches,” Governor Cuomo said. “To have such an important transportation hub encumbered by construction for three years was out of the question. In order to speed up the process both the LIRR and the contractor have worked out a unique construction methodology shortening the total construction time from 35 to 22 months.”
Customers seeking to connect between Fulton Center’s Dey Street Concourse and Port Authority’s World Trade Center transportation hub will be able to use the underground passage to reach the PATH station, Battery Park City and World Trade Center Towers 1 and 4 will be able to do so, starting Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
The $27 billion 2015-19 MTA Capital Program has received final approval from the Capital Plan Review Board. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement on Tuesday regarding the passage of this Capital Program, marking the largest investment in MTA infrastructure in state history, and outlines five years’ worth of vital investments to renew, enhance and expand the MTA network.
The Long Island Rail Road’s popular Cannonball express, offering premium Hamptons Reserve service and the fastest ride from Manhattan to Montauk, debuts Memorial Day Weekend with the Cannonball East departing Penn Station on Friday, May 27 at 4:06 p.m.
The public will have another chance to be heard regarding future reconstruction work on the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries the [L] train under the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. A third community meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Beraca Baptist Church at 9602 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn.
The MTA Long Island Rail Road is holding its first round of public meetings this week on the LIRR Expansion Project, which will improve efficiency and safety for commuters and residents on Long Island.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 20 - May 23
In order to restore full train service as quickly as possible, MTA Metro-North Railroad crews are working around the clock to make temporary repairs to the railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct in Manhattan that was damaged by a four-alarm fire underneath the viaduct on Tuesday evening.
Metro-North service suspended to and from Grand Central
Save $10 on Tickets to the Show Plus, Ride Free on the Long Island Rail Road!
Station Improvements Underway on Upper Harlem Line
Metro-North has partnered with some of the region’s top tourism partners to offer customers special discounted excursion packages. Representatives from regional destinations and attractions will help you plan your next getaway – whether it’s a family outing, romantic weekend or outdoor adventure. Explore easy to reach, affordable and exciting daytrips and overnight places to go and things to do throughout New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, including: Discovery Times Square, Empire City Casino, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Lyndhurst Mansion, Maritime Aquarium and much more.
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it will enter into a contract with Ensco Inc. to design, build and deliver one of the most advanced track inspection vehicles in the world. The vehicle will use innovative laser, optical and inertial sensor systems to analyze the condition of the rail and track infrastructure, alerting Metro-North to any track anomalies.
Bus safety was once again a top priority for the MTA. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) hosted more than 75 researchers, representatives from major bus manufacturers and safety experts from federal transportation agencies and transit agencies around North America to discuss bus and pedestrian safety issues during a bus safety symposium on May 10.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 13 - May 16
Construction for the $23.9 million modernization of the Long Island Rail Road’s Wantagh Station has begun. On Thursday, MTA Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski marked the official start with a groundbreaking for the project made possible by the State of New York’s support for the MTA Capital Program as well as a $4 million contribution from Nassau County. Nowakowski was joined at groundbreaking ceremonies on Sunrise Highway by State Senator Michael Venditto, State Assemblyman David McDonough, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney and Chris Brown, President of the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce. Also on hand was Barney Fortunato Jr. of Long Island-based Fortunato Sons Contracting, Inc., the primary contractor on a project expected to create 100 construction jobs.
The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 6 - May 9
Metro-North Railroad encourages its employees and customers to take a little time from their day on May 9 to give the gift of life. Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall will be the site of a huge community blood drive as MTA Metro-North Railroad partners with New York Blood Center on Monday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, with Metro-North Senior Vice President of Operations, John Kesich in attendance cutting the ceremonial ribbon at 9 a.m.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels closed the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on May 1, 2016, for the Five Boro Bike Tour.

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