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Press Release
December 3, 2018
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LIRR & Metro-North to Impose 24-Hour Ban on Alcohol from Noon Saturday, December 8, Until Noon Sunday, December 9, to Ensure Safe Travel During SantaCon

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advises customers that to maintain safe and orderly travel during this weekend’s SantaCon event, alcohol will not be permitted on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains and stations from noon on Saturday, December 8, through noon on Sunday, December 9.  This ban on alcohol during SantaCon has been in effect for the past five years.

Press Release
November 19, 2018
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Major Milestone Reached in Phase II of Second Avenue Subway Project

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for Phase II of the Second Avenue Subway project, based on review of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment prepared for the project.

Press Release
November 19, 2018
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MTA Announces Service Plans for Four-Day Thanksgiving Weekend

Trains and buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will operate on special schedules on Wednesday, November 21, through Sunday, November 25, to accommodate the unique travel demands of Thanksgiving weekend. During the same time period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend maintenance at its nine crossings to facilitate increased travel.

Details for each of the MTA’s services follow:

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad: Wednesday Getaway Trains and Weekend Service Details

Press Release
November 15, 2018
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MTA Unveils Proposed 2019 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan

Projected Declines in Revenues and Increases in Cost of Providing Service Will Require 2019 Fare & Toll Adjustment and New Sustainable Revenue Sources in Order to Avert Significant Service Cuts and Layoffs; MTA Cost-Cutting Reaches Record Level, Helping to Keep Proposed 2019 Fare Adjustment Below Rate of Inflation 

Press Release
November 13, 2018
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MTA to Purchase Grand Central Terminal, Harlem Line and Hudson Line for $35 Million

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board’s Finance Committee today granted approval to purchase Grand Central Terminal, and Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line and Hudson Line from a private holding company. That company, Midtown Trackage Ventures, LLC, had acquired assets that once belonged to PennCentral Transportation, the railroad whose 1970’s bankruptcy and liquidation led the MTA to assume management of regional rail operations. Approval of the MTA’s full Board is required for this transaction to go forward, and is expected on Thursday.

Press Release
November 9, 2018
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Statement from MTA Leadership on Departure of Chairman Joseph Lhota

The following letter was sent this morning from MTA leadership to all MTA staff:

MTA Family-

Press Release
November 1, 2018
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MTA Announces Service Details for TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4

The Verrazzano Bridge will be closed to all traffic between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m on Nov. 3.

Marathon Subway Map Available Online

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announces the following service changes and updates for the TCS NYC Marathon taking place on Sunday, Nov. 4.

MTA Bridges & Tunnels

Press Release
October 31, 2018
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MTA Awards Final Major Construction Contract for East Side Access

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that it has awarded the final major construction contract needed to begin Long Island Rail Road service to Grand Central Terminal in 2022. Through this contract, workers will relocate tracks in Harold Interlocking in Sunnyside, Queens, to create space for an 800-foot structure that will connect trains traveling to and from Long Island with newly built tunnels to the new concourse under Grand Central, and then excavate 15,000 cubic yards of soil and build that structure.

Press Release
October 8, 2018
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Metro-North and New York City Transit Make it Easy to Catch the Yankees Battle the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series

Metro-North Railroad and New York City Transit will operate special service for post-season games at Yankee stadium.   Direct service to Yankee Stadium is back on the Harlem Line for the series, which means that Harlem Line customers can avoid a transfer or a drive to a Hudson Line station.

A combination of regular service and frequent direct Yankee Clipper service to Yankees-E. 153rd St. Station will be in effect for the American League Division Series on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines for both games, with trains before, during and after the game.

Press Release
September 26, 2018
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MTA Names New Chief Safety Officer, Patrick T. Warren, Former Executive Director for Railroad Safety at the Federal Railroad Administration

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Joseph Lhota today announced that he has named Patrick T. Warren as the agency’s new Chief Safety Officer, overseeing all safety management policy implementation. He will work closely with MTA agencies as they continue to improve work practices and invest in new technology and equipment.

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