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Many Refreshment Choices Offered to Friday Greenport-Bound Commuters

Bottle of red. Bottle of white. They can be featured on your commute tonight. MTA Long Island Rail Road is offering a menu of refreshments, including choices from North Fork wineries, for Eastbound customers taking the 5:21 p.m. train from Ronkonkoma on Friday nights throughout the summer. Travelers can sit back and unwind with a variety of reasonably priced beverages from local wineries as well as Montauk Brewing Company. The rotating list of reds, whites and roses includes offerings from Bedell Cellars, Duck Walk, Jason’s Vineyard, Laurel Lake, Macari, Pelligrini, Pindar, and Raphael. Snacks are also available, including North Fork Potato Chips (in a variety of flavors) and cookies from Tates in Southampton.

Only Mass Transit Oriented Police Canine Training Facility in the United States

An MTA Police Department training center has gone to the dogs. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, MTA and MTA Police officials opened an innovative Canine Training Facility in Stormville, New York,. The 72-acre campus houses nine indoor-scenario training areas and multiple outdoor training fields and obstacle courses and areas with cars, buses, platforms and even a decommissioned train, classrooms, twenty-four kennels, a veterinary room with medical kennels, and administrative offices. The outdoor and indoor training grounds provide the MTA Police with an unlimited number of scenarios to teach, drill and test the dogs.

Contracts Represent Major Step Forward in Push to Double Capacity of the Ronkonkoma Branch along 18 Mile Stretch Between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma

A second track for Ronkonkoma Branch customers is one step closer to breaking ground. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that two design-build contracts have been awarded for work that will significantly advance the Long Island Rail Road’s Double Track project. When completed, the project will dramatically increase capacity of the Ronkonkoma Branch along 18 miles between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma. The addition of the second track will allow the LIRR to provide more frequent off-peak service to the Ronkonkoma Branch in both directions and will increase flexibility and reduce delays associated with service disruptions. Completion of the Double Track project is targeted for the end of 2018.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 3 - June 6

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 3 - June 6

10 Peregrine Falcons Are Banded and Doing Well in Their Nesting Boxes

Ten new peregrine falcon chicks with a unique nursery that includes an awesome 360-degree view of the city skyline were recently banded at the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Throgs Neck Bridges. The 2016 newcomers include two boys and one girl 693-feet atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge’s Brooklyn tower; one boy and three girls 215-feet atop the Rockaway tower at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge; and two boys and one girl 360-feet atop the Bronx tower at the Throgs Neck Bridge. To see photos from this year click here.

LIRR Beach Getaways Packages Include Round-trip Rail Plus Bus, Taxi and Ferry Travel

No need to brave the beach traffic when LIRR has your ride to the world-class beaches of Long Island’s South Shore. As you plan your day in the sun, make your first stop the 2016 Long Island Rail Road Beach Getaways guide. Copies of the full-color brochure can be found at LIRR terminals and stations and the details are also available at the MTA LIRR website www.mta.info/lirr/getaways/. You’ll find that the Railroad’s day-trip packages have all the ingredients for a truly unforgettable summer day filled with sun bathing, swimming, waterfront restaurants, fishing and more.

NYC Transit's Bus Facilities Chief Wins City Public Service Award

George Menduina, head of New York City Transit’s bus facilities, won the prestigious Sloan Public Service Award for his 39 years of exemplary public service.

Mix of Soloists, Ensembles Chosen from MTA Arts & Design Music Under New York May 2016 Auditions

Twenty-seven musical acts now have the honor of performing throughout the MTA's transit and rail system. MTA Arts & Design has invited the more than two dozen groups and performers to join the Music Under New York program (MTA MUSIC) following a competitive applications process and auditions that were held in May.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 27 - May 30

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for May 27 - May 30

Service Plans for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is coming on Monday, May 30, which means the MTA will add extra LIRR, Metro-North trains on Friday, May 27, to help New Yorkers get an early start on the long three-day weekend. MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 27. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m.

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