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The MTA has announced that its cutting-edge OMNY contactless fare payment system is now available at the 34 St-Penn Station intermodal complex, one of the busiest transit hubs in North America, as the MTA continues its rollout to a total of 85 subway stations by the end of the month. The news comes on the heels of another major milestone: the recent surpassing of 4,000,000 taps, far exceeding even the most optimistic usage projections.
Enforced bus lanes are key to improving bus service, and to heighten awareness of their use, NYC Transit is launching an awareness campaign targeted to motorists. The new campaign features “Are you a bus?” posters noting that “Bus lanes are for buses,” which will be posted on the backs of the buses equipped with ABLE camera systems.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has recognized MTA Long Island Rail Road for a nation-leading program that has dramatically improved railroad safety through the use of flexible delineators at railroad crossings and enhanced GPS alerts. The delineators and a partnership with Google/Waze have in their first year virtually eliminated the problem of motorists inadvertently turning onto tracks, which until last year had been happening with increased frequency – 21 times a year. The FRA is recommending other railroads across the country review research on the LIRR program and consider making similar upgrades at problematic areas.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that starting at 6 a.m. on November 21, buses serving the M14 Select Bus Service route will use a new bus-mounted camera system to enforce bus lanes to further enhance traffic enforcement on the new 14th Street Truck & Transit Priority lanes that have contributed to a 38 percent decrease in travel times and a ridership jump to more than 32,000 daily customers. The bus-mounted cameras complement existing NYC DOT’s fixed-location cameras, which will begin issuing violations with fines on December 2.
The LIRR Holiday Express has a limited engagement and tickets are still on sale. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. (non-stop from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station) and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. (non-stop from Babylon to Penn Station).
Railroad Meets Key Benchmarks in Enhancing Safety, Service, Infrastructure, and Customer Communication
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the selection of Anthony McCord as Chief Transformation Officer as the authority undergoes a historic reorganization to improve service and modernize all aspects of operations for the first time in half a century.
MTA to Launch OMNY at Penn Station, Sutphin Blvd.-Archer Ave.-JFK, St. George and Tompkinsville Stations on Staten Island & More Next Month
Effective Oct. 30, 2019, select trains operating on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Oyster Bay, and West Hempstead Branches have begun operating with Positive Train Control, a signal system enhancement that reduces the potential for human error to cause specific types of train collisions and derailments.
Metro-North has extended Positive Train Control to cover almost 90% of the Hudson Line as of November 5, 2019. All Hudson Line trains, including Amtrak and CSX, are now operating in Positive Train Control between Marble Hill and Poughkeepsie, a distance of 67 miles. Positive Train Control is a signal system safety enhancement that reduces the potential for human error to cause specific types of train collisions and derailments.
NYC DOT and MTA NYC Transit Continue Successful Rollout of 14th Street Transit Priority with New Bus Boarding Platforms and Sidewalk Widening.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)has joined the United Nations-sponsored Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Through the SBTi, a joint-partnership between U.N. Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and CDP, the MTA will develop a defined set of emissions reduction targets using the most up-to-date climate science to help keep the global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released the final plan for the Bronx Bus Network Redesign that proposes two new local routes and one new express route, increases service frequency on nine corridors where multiple bus routes share streets, improves crosstown connections, balances stop spacing and streamlines circuitous routes to increase service reliability and intermodal transfers for 675,000 customers throughout the borough. The network redesign provides a new baseline upon which the MTA can make adjustments to tailor service to ridership while improving service for the majority of Bronx residents.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the first series of public open houses this fall as part of a comprehensive redesign of the Brooklyn local and express bus networks, which will redraw the entire borough’s bus routes for the first time. This historic undertaking will use public feedback, multiple sources of data and analysis, and a thorough review of demographics and upcoming developments to create a bus network that reimagines service for 650,000 Brooklyn bus riders.
Early on the morning of Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, workers successfully completed the replacement of a 108-year-old bridge that carried the Long Island Rail Road over Nassau Boulevard in Garden City with a higher bridge that will reduce truck accidents, improve on-time performance, and carry a third bay for an expanding railroad. The bridge replacement, was completed over a 55-hour window from Friday evening through 5:54 a.m.
We're running normal L service on Halloween! It's a busy night in the city, especially near the L—that annual Village Halloween Parade ends right by the train.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that seven Long Island Rail Road stations and four Metro-North Railroad stations that will be made ADA-accessible under the proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan.
The weekend getaway season continues for Long Island Rail Road customers with the return of Autumn Weekends. Since launching in 2018, the LIRR’s Summer Saturdays and Autumn Weekends pilot programs have been so well-received and used by tens of thousands of customers. Now, the LIRR is expanding the program once again for five consecutive weekends between Oct. 12 and Nov. 10, 2019.
Your ticket to ride is now your ticket to shop and dine. Metro-North Railroad has rolled out a new Rail Rewards program, which gives customers exclusive offers and discounts at Grand Central Terminal shops and restaurants. Most offers are valid through 2019. Metro-North’s Rail Rewards Program gives customers added value and savings to their train ticket.
MTA New York City Transit is reminding motorists that the agency and New York City’s Department of Transportation will start using automated mobile camera systems on buses to capture real-time bus lane violations as part of citywide efforts to increase bus speeds and keep traffic moving on congested streets. Cameras are installed on vehicles serving the M15 Select Bus Service route to begin capturing violations beginning October 7.

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