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Donald Spero Appointed President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Donald Spero has been named President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels. MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast appointed Spero who had been serving as Acting President since August 2015. The appointment is effective immediately.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 29 - May 2

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 29 - May 2

Weekend Service to Greenport & North Fork Resumes

The Long Island Rail Road’s weekend service to Greenport and Long Island’s North Fork resumes Saturday, April 30, with trains running on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through November 27. Surrounded by Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, this part of the East End offers an easy-going, rural feel first noticed from the window of your LIRR double-decker train as it moves through a picturesque landscape that is the heart of Suffolk County’s wine country. There are more than 35 vineyards in this part of Long Island and the train trip takes you so close to the grapes that you actually transverse the Castello de Borghese Vineyard and its rural railroad crossing in the hamlet of Cutchogue.

Take the LIRR to Belmont Park

Thoroughbred racing returns to Belmont Park on Friday, April 29, as the racetrack’s 2016 Spring-Summer meeting gets underway. And once again, the Long Island Rail Road and New York Racing Association (NYRA) have joined together to provide daily train service for racing fans.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 22 - April 25

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for April 22 - April 25

Earth Friendly Composite Track Ties Installed in St. George Terminal Renewal Project

MTA New York City Transit is continuing it's earth-friendly efforts. As part of recommendations from a blue-ribbon commission tasked with reducing the impact of public transit on the environment,has installed approximately 6,500 sustainable composite ties in a major Staten Island Railway (SIR) track renewal project to repair significant damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

LED Lighting Project Will Reduce Energy Use, Power Costs, Number of Maintenance Closures

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is wrapping up installation of new environmentally friendly LED lights at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, the last of the agency’s four suspended spans to upgrade its “necklace” light fixtures that are part of the bridges’ architectural features. Final programing for the controls of the recently installed LED lights is underway, but the view will be worth it when the lights go on permanently (see photo of recent test run).

Turnstyle Opens at Columbus Circle

Turnstyle Opens at Columbus Circle

MTA Announces Second Public Meeting on Reconstruction of L Line’s Canarsie Tunnel

Customers who have concerns about upcoming L train work will have a chance to speak their minds. The MTA has announced the first of two public meetings to discuss future reconstruction work on the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries the [L] train under the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory at 355 Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. A Manhattan-based public meeting to be held later in May will be announced soon.

Highest Figures Since 1948

Subway ridership is on an upward trend. Annual subway ridership increased 0.6% from 2014 to 2015 to 1.763 billion, the highest since 1948. Weekday ridership increased by 0.9% to 5.7 million, also the highest since 1948. Forty-nine weekdays in 2015 had over six million riders. Weekend subway ridership declined by 0.7% to 5.9 million, but is still among the highest since two-day weekends became nearly universal in the mid-20th century.