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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released the first look at its newest state-of-the-art subway cars in production, the R211 class, which is planned for service on the subway system’s lettered routes and the Staten Island Railway. The MTA Board approved the $1.4 billion contract award of 535 R211 cars to Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. in 2018 and the delivery of the first test cars is scheduled for later this year.
Nursing on-the-go moms at LIRR's Atlantic Terminal have another option for breastfeeding as LIRR has unveiled a lactation suite. The pod, manufactured by Mamava, is the second for the Long Island Rail Road.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced additional public opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plan for the Queens Bus Network Redesign as part of a customer-led process to completely redraw the century-old Queens bus system to better serve customers, shorten commute times, speed up buses, increase intermodal connections and provide more frequency and choices to travel within the borough and to Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.
You may be surprised to learn not all retaining and sound walls are alike. Some sound walls have steel posts, while some have concrete posts; some are ground-mounted, some aren’t. All the walls in the project corridor are customized, depending on geological considerations and community needs.
She’s the belle of the Babylon Branch! Bellmore Station has received a full menu of station upgrades, including a renovated station waiting room, new art, platform rehabilitation and a new platform canopy. This beautiful station serves 7,000 weekday customers – it was first established by South Side Rail Road in 1869.
2019 was an unprecedented year in the history of the Long Island Rail Road. The Railroad improved its Ontime Performance (OTP), increased accessibility on trains and at stations while completing sweeping upgrades throughout the system, including 14 switch replacements, two grade crossing eliminations, eight bridge replacements and more than 10 station upgrades.
The transformation of Penn Station continues to move forward, with construction related to the East End Gateway and LIRR Concourse project requiring the temporary relocation of the LIRR’s Ticket Office. On Wednesday, the now-former ticket office was closed as the relocated Ticket Office, with six ticket windows, opened between the Main Gate area and the Central Corridor, just a short distance on the LIRR concourse. The LIRR’s Customer Service Office also relocated alongside the six temporary ticket windows.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) ended 2019 having completed almost two dozen Long Island Rail Road construction projects – a massive increase in the pace of work to transform and modernize the railroad.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced an additional 20 subway stations that will be fully ADA accessible under the proposed $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Plan, expanding mobility options for millions of customers across the city. The new stations build on 48 additional accessible stations previously announced and are part of a total of 70 subway stations that will receive an unprecedented $5.2 billion investment in accessibility.
MTA New York City Transit announced seven employees were recognized for embodying the six guiding principles of the Fast Forward plan to improve subway and bus service as part of Transit’s new “On the Spot” awards given by senior management who witness the employees’ exemplary service. The awards’ slogan, “If you see something, do something,” play off the MTA’s world-famous, trademarked “If you see something, say something” safety campaign by encouraging managers to embrace spontaneous acts of employee recognition.
Reaching suburban destinations by train is easier than ever thanks to the growing popularity of car sharing and ride hailing, which enable urbanites to venture beyond the limits of a train stop. Now MTA Metro-North Railroad is making it more affordable, by partnering with Lyft and Zipcar.
MTA Metro-North Railroad has announced that nursing on-the-go moms who travel through Grand Central Terminal – one of the busiest transportation hubs in the United States – now have their own cloistered space to breastfeed or pump, a private room located at Track 36.
MTA New York City Transit today announced new subway statistics showing continued performance improvements thanks to the sustained success of the Subway Action Plan and the Save Safe Seconds campaign, including preliminary November 2019 numbers for on-time performance and a newly discussed metric called ‘running times,’ which are the time it takes for trains to travel from terminal to terminal. Running times are faster on every line in November 2019 compared to a year ago, meaning trains are getting through the system more quickly, shaving minutes off of many trips. The ‘running times’ metric uses new technology to better track the locations of trains in large parts of the subway system.
MTA New York City Transit today deployed the first of its new all-electric articulated bus fleet on one of the city’s busiest crosstown routes – the 14th Street busway – as part of the agency’s plan to enhance and modernize the bus fleet with zero-emissions technology that will deliver environmental benefits for all New Yorkers. The all-electric articulated bus represents the first of approximately 500 electric buses that will be purchased as part of the historic 2020-2024 Capital Plan and will serve all five boroughs. New York City Transit also released new data showing the growing popularity and success of the M14 Select Bus Service and the 14th Street busway.
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

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