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The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 19 - August 22

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 19 - August 22

Illustrator Gina Triplett’s Blooming Flower Celebrates Folk Art, New York’s Gardens

Your commute is a about to become a bit more flowery and bright thanks to new art posters. The MTA has released a new graphic arts poster commissioned by MTA Arts & Design that is inspired by a historical moment in New York City Transit history: Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 map of the subway system. “The Growing City,” by illustrator Gina Triplett, features a giant fluorescent flower blooming with patterned petals reminiscent of Vignelli’s subway lines and of American folk art and color. The bold imagery of “The Growing City” also honors the nearly 600 community gardens throughout New York City. “Gina’s colorful, graphic work celebrates the connection that the subway creates between people and communities with its use of Vignelli’s iconic subway map,” said MTA Arts & Design Deputy Director Amy Hausmann. “We love imagining the city as a giant flower, growing bigger and more beautiful as we make the city greener through our collective work in hundreds of community gardens across the boroughs and by using mass transit.”

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 12 - August 15

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 12 - August 15

Tour Teddy Roosevelt’s Summer White House, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, Billy Joel’s 20th Century Motorcycles & Oyster Bay Brewing

Spend an enjoyable day in President Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay Village, one of the most picturesque and historic areas on the North Shore of Nassau County, by taking advantage of the Long Island Rail Road’s popular discount Getaway package – available only four more weekends. For history buffs the big attractions are the sites associated with Teddy Roosevelt, including the Roosevelt family estate at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, which served as the summer White House from 1901-1909, his grave site at nearby Young’s Memorial Cemetery as well as Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary.

Visit 3 Wineries, Complete with Tastings and Enjoy Live Entertainment

On this guided tour, you will visit three wineries, complete with tastings at each winery and enjoy live entertainment as you sip some of the region's best wines. Enjoy epicurean delights too — with a buffet lunch and the opportunity to purchase locally grown, fresh produce at local farms. It's the perfect way to spend a day in late summer or early fall.

Packages Include Camping, Kayaking and Outdoor Sculpture Park

There’s still several weeks of summer left, and MTA’s Metro-North Railroad has your perfect station destination to enjoy the rest of the season. Go camping, explore outdoor art, or sample local, edible offerings at the local farmers markets. Beacon Station, located in scenic Dutchess County, is only 90 minutes from Grand Central Terminal and moments away from seasonal splendor.

Sustained MTA Effort to Keep the Tracks Clean Includes Two-Week Track Cleaning Blitz at All 469 Subway Stations and New Cleaning Equipment

Operation Track Sweep is in full effect. The MTA announced that it has initiated a multi-pronged plan to dramatically reduce the amount of trash on subway tracks, and in the process improve the station environment, and reduce track fires and train delays.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 5 - August 8

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for August 5 - August 8

MTA Awards Contract for New Pilot Program to Install Digital Information Screens On Buses

Testing on countdown clocks for lettered-subway lines has begun, as well as digital screens for MTA buses. Governor Cuomo made the announcement on Thursday regarding the 90-day test of countdown clocks in eight subway stations along the N, Q and R lines, with the aim of installing the clocks in all 269 lettered-line stations. In addition, the MTA today awarded three contracts to perform a pilot program on 131 buses for the installation of digital information screens – to ultimately be installed on a total of 3,600 buses. These vital investments advance Governor Cuomo’s plan to transform the MTA into an innovative, state-of-the-art system with improved customer service and first-class amenities, and are part of the $27 billion, five-year MTA Capital Program.

Bridge Will Be Closed Weeknights, August 14 to Sept 1, 2016

After nearly 80 years in the salty sea-air, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge is getting major upgrades and repairs to its lift span mechanical and electrical systems, structural steel and grid-deck repairs, bridge painting, and new fire line system and hydrants. These systems are critical to lift operation, and ensure functionality and good working order of the Marine Parkway Bridge, a critical evacuation route.