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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
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.

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