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Lots of Extra Getaway Trains on Friday, July 1

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer extra railroad service on Friday, July 1, to allow customers to get a head start a long Fourth of July weekend. OnMonday, July 4, subways, buses and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Long Island Rail Road and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule. More details are below.

Enhanced Service on Thursday Plus New Fire Island Ferry Connections

MTA Long Island Rail Road is helping customers enjoy their summer holiday weekend by providing 10 additional early getaway trains on Friday and enhanced service on Thursday for those looking to escape even earlier. And that’s not all – beginning this Friday, July 1, the LIRR is offering new Fire Island Ferry connections on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule. A regular weekend schedule will be in effect on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 (see Montauk Branch details below). LIRR will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4. Customers should also note there is a bicycle ban on Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4.

Railroad to Provide Enhanced Service for Long Holiday Weekend

Metro-North Railroad will have lots of extra service on Friday, July 1, to help those who want to get a jump start on the long weekend, with 17 extra "getaway" departures from Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. To allow for the service, certain departures from Grand Central Terminal later that evening will be combined or cancelled.

Meeting in Bushwick, Brooklyn will also Focus on M Line Repairs Slated for 2017

A fourth community meeting to discuss future reconstruction work on the L Line's Canarsie Tunnel will be held in July. The meeting, which will be held on Thursday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School at 1300 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn, will also focus heavily on repairs to the Line in Bushwick that are scheduled to be made prior to work on the tunnel. (Note: Achievement First is co-located with I.S. 383.)

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for July 1 - July 5

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MTA and US Green Building Council Unveil Plaque Honoring the Transportation Hub as First Subway Hub to Receive Prestigious LEED® Rating

Aside from its beauty and accessibility, Fulton Center has another feature to be proud of. On Tuesday, MTA officials joined representatives from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to unveil a plaque honoring the Fulton Center as the first New York City subway hub to receive a LEED® rating for sustainability and design.

Innovative Program Sets Safety Standard for Railroad Industry

Metro-North continues to set safety standards for the railroad industry as it has received the highest safety award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The commendation, known as the Gold Award for Safety, was given to Metro-North for developing a state-of-the art employee protection system that other railroads could consider replicating. The system, known as the Enhanced Employee Protection System (EEPS), was implemented in 2014. It adds a layer of protection for employees who work along and near railroad tracks, further enhancing the railroad’s efforts to safeguard against worker injuries and fatalities.

Large-Scale Mosaic for New Subway Station, Stop-Motion Film Named as Best Public Art

A soaring mosaic artwork that welcomes customers to MTA New York City Transit’s newest subway station and MTA Arts & Design’s first commission of a stop-motion short film are among 2015’s best public art as recognized by the Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit foundation devoted to advancing art and art education. Xenobia Bailey’s “Funktional Vibrations,” which is featured at the new 34 St-Hudson Yards station on the Flushing 7 Line, and Red Nose Studio’s animation, “The Blowing Bowler,” were named with 36 other art projects created in 2015 as outstanding by the foundation’s Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program. MTA Arts & Design has been recognized in the past four years by the Year in Review.

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 17 - June 20

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 17 - June 20

Change Allows More Transfers, Faster Commutes for Brooklyn Customers

MTA New York City Transit today announced it will extend late night [R] service to lower Manhattan in order to improve subway connectivity for customers traveling between Manhattan and the southwestern end of Brooklyn. Late night [R] service currently operates as a shuttle between Bay Ridge-95 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. Customers coming from Bay Ridge and Sunset Park must transfer between the [R] shuttle and [D] [N] trains in order to travel to other parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The proposed service extension would shift the northern final stop of the late-night [R] shuttle from 36 St to Whitehall St-South Ferry.