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Press Release
May 19, 2014
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Metro-North Improves Air Conditioning at Grand Central
MTA Metro-North Railroad has replaced old five cooling towers atop Grand Central Terminal with four new more energy efficient ones the railroad announced today.
  The work, which happened in the middle of the night and required closing two lanes of 42nd Street, was done in phases so as not to interrupt air conditioning in the terminal.
A massive crane was erected on the street to hoist the huge cooling towers up and over the south façade of the terminal. The viaduct roadway that encircles the terminal also was closed while the crane worked.
Press Release
May 16, 2014
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Metro-North to Purchase Advanced Track Inspection Equipment
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced plans to purchase a new track monitoring system that will be mounted on regular train cars to provide continuous inspection data and complement the in-depth inspections performed twice each year.
The two methods are intended to supplement each other and increase the amount of data available to Metro-North track engineers regarding adherence to federally mandated track parameters such as gage, curvature, height and overall alignment.
Press Release
May 15, 2014
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Metro-North Announces Sweeping Series of Safety Reforms

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced details of a sweeping series of reforms it is undertaking to better ensure the safety of its customers and employees. The reforms address factors identified during several serious safety incidents over the last year, as well as issues identified by an in-depth Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) review of its operating practices that took place this past winter.

Press Release
May 14, 2014
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New Haven Line Power Upgrade Continues

An ongoing power upgrade for the New Haven Line has achieved a major milestone with the installation of a second new transformer at Mount Vernon, MTA Metro-North Railroad announced today. The work provides additional redundancy and increased capacity.

Four 35-year-old transformers were replaced with two more efficient new ones, ensuring reliability to handle additional power loads and allowing electricity generated by the brakes of the railroad’s new fleet of M8 rail cars to be fed back into the power grid.

Press Release
May 13, 2014
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Metro-North’s Staycation Showcase Getaway Day, Wednesday May 14th in Grand Central
Find the hottest Summer Getaways in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and beyond at Metro-North Railroad’s “Staycation” Showcase on Wednesday, May 14, at Grand Central Terminal from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Representatives from some of the best places in the region will be on hand to remind you of the abundance of possibilities close to home from Empire City Casino to the New York Botanical Garden to Walkway Over the Hudson.
Press Release
May 11, 2014
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Saturday’s Fire at Cos Cob Switching House Means Metro-North Anticipates 5-10 Minute Delays on the New Haven Line Until Further Notice

A fire that destroyed an important remote switching control house near Cos Cob on Saturday morning may result in 5-10 minute delays for New Haven Line customers, as the railroad is only able to use two of four tracks in the peak direction through a nine-mile stretch. The fire has also eliminated the ability of the railroad to operate trains around problems if any arise in this area.

Press Release
May 9, 2014
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Buses Will Substitute Some Port Jervis Trains Due to Bridge Work

The MTA Metro-North Railroad will provide bus service between Port Jervis/Middletown and Harriman in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 13, Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15, 2014 as rehabilitation work takes place on the Woodbury Viaduct (between Harriman and Salisbury Mills station) between 9:20 a.m. and 3:58 p.m. Customers on four eastbound and three westbound trains will be affected and should allow additional travel time to accommodate the service changes.

The following trains will be substituted with buses:

Press Release
May 9, 2014
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Metro-North Completes Intensive Bronx Track Work Project

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced the completion of an extraordinary track reconstruction effort that began in July 2013 on the tracks through the central Bronx used by New Haven Line and Harlem Line trains.

The result is a safer, smoother ride and improved operating speeds.

All four tracks on a six-mile stretch from Melrose to Woodlawn now allow for speeds up to 75 miles per hour, resulting in improved performance and reliability in time for the May 11 schedule change. Trains were limited to 60 miles per hour prior to the start of the track reconstruction project.

Press Release
April 28, 2014
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Metro-North’s New Spring Schedule Enhances Reliability Service Level Maintained

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced new timetables for the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines effective Sunday, May 11, 2014 that are designed to provide substantially improved performance and reliability while accommodating new safety measures.

Systemwide, 96% of inbound AM peak customers will have a shorter commute compared to the current timetables, which were implemented last November.  The new schedule will continue to provide 700 trains each weekday on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

Press Release
April 17, 2014
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Mount Vernon Substation Upgrade Begins
MTA Metro-North Railroad, beginning this weekend, will upgrade the power supply for the New Haven Line at its Mount Vernon East substation to provide additional redundancy and increase capacity.
The railroad is replacing four, 35-year-old transformers with two new ones that will ensure reliability to handle additional power loads and allow electricity generated by the brakes of the railroad’s new fleet of M-8 rail cars to be fed back into the power grid.

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