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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that it plans to enhance service on five bus routes benefitting a total of 65,000 customers to ensure ridership demand is met adequately and to operate citywide bus service more cost-efficiently and effectively while netting annual savings of $2.1 million.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released the 2020-2024 Capital Plan that proposes investing $51.5 billion into the region’s subways, buses and railroads over the next five years to institutionalize and build on the progress of the Subway Action Plan and create a faster, more accessible, and more reliable public transportation system. The proposed level of investment is by far the highest in the MTA’s history, increasing spending on infrastructure by 70% over current levels, which were already the highest ever. The program plans to invest more than $40 billion in New York City Transit’s subways and buses alone – including crucial signal upgrades – as well as major investment in the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North.
Peak-direction express service on the F in Brooklyn begins on Monday, September 16, 2019. Express service will run between Church Av and Jay St-MetroTech, making one stop at 7 Av. F Express riders will save up to 7 minutes during their morning commute, and up to 6 minutes on their afternoon ride home.
The modernized South Tyson Avenue Bridge in Floral Park was rolled 13 feet into place over a single weekend, August 17-18. It was the third successful bridge roll-in of the summer as part of the LIRR Expansion Project.
The LIRR’s next fleet of rail cars, known as the “M9” cars, entered into passenger service on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The new cars incorporate and improve upon the most successful and popular features of the MTA’s two recent electric car fleets, the LIRR’s familiar M7s electric cars, and the M8 cars serving Metro-North’s New Haven Line, and will enhance safety.
This week, crews began construction to renew the infrastructure and upgrade the amenities at Lynbrook Station. The station, built in 1936, consists of a concrete viaduct with two island platforms. This pre-war station along the Babylon and Long Beach branches is undergoing a $17.9 million transformation in two phases; this first phase, which began on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, is expected to be complete in Q3 2020.
The Urban Avenue Grade Crossing in New Cassel, in the Town of North Hempstead, officially opened to traffic today, Thursday September 5 at 10:00 a.m., the first of eight grade crossings to be eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville. The new Urban Avenue Bridge was successfully installed in an innovative feat of engineering over the weekend of July 20-21, eliminating the railroad at grade crossing for vehicles.
This report on existing conditions is the first step in the bus network redesign process. The goal is to take a fresh look at the World’s Borough, its people, its travel needs, and what can be done to improve bus travel to meet those needs. The Queens Bus Network has not substantially changed in decades. The continuing decline in bus ridership in Queens, and in New York City, requires a fresh look at how we provide bus service. Buses are slowing down, and bus reliability is suffering. Over that same period, our customers’ needs have transformed dramatically. The bus network needs to evolve with them. We will build a new bus network to meet those needs.
To help New Yorkers kick off a long Labor Day weekend and enjoy the unofficial end of summer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will provide extra service on Friday, Aug. 30, and suspend lane closures at its bridges and tunnels for the whole weekend. All MTA services will operate on special schedules on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
To help New Yorkers kick off a long Labor Day weekend and enjoy the unofficial end of summer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will provide extra service on Friday, Aug. 30, and suspend lane closures at its bridges and tunnels for the whole weekend. All MTA services will operate on special schedules on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
MTA New York City Transit has announced new statistics showing the continued improvement in subway performance that have been achieved since the launch of the Subway Action Plan (SAP) and the Save Safe Seconds campaign. Year-over-year subway performance improvements continued in July, consistent with a months-long recent trend.
One year after MTA New York City Transit implemented a complete redesign of the Staten Island express bus network, newly released data is showing that express bus service between Manhattan and Staten Island has steadily improved across all metrics thanks to an unprecedented level of engagement with the MTA among customers, labor partners, local agencies and elected officials.
MTA announced that a subway customer entering the Fulton Center station at 9:05 p.m. on August 8 provided the one millionth successful tap on the OMNY new fare payment system, a remarkable milestone accomplished at a much higher usage rate than initially estimated.
Nursing on-the-go moms who travel through Penn Station -- one of the busiest transportation hubs in the U.S. -- now have their own private space, known as a lactation pod, to breastfeed or pump, located in the LIRR’s Customer Waiting Room on the main LIRR concourse near the 7th Avenue entrance.
The beautiful LIRR Stewart Manor Station was recently modernized: during the first phase of construction, its platforms were replaced, and the interior and exterior of the station building were renovated.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that the 42 St Shuttle, which moves thousands of customers between the subway system’s two busiest stations, will undergo a historic transformation that includes replacing the Times Square Shuttle terminal with a larger and accessible station, reconfiguring platforms at Grand Central, and modernizing shuttle train operations. The project will result in a 42 St Shuttle that is fully accessible, has more capacity and is easier for customers to use.
Leadership from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City jointly announced the successful completion of the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that enables tech companies to test and introduce new products designed to improve transit services.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board approved a reorganization plan with consulting services by AlixPartners. The recommendations for this historic reorganization – the first in the MTA’s 51-year history – were made following an extensive evaluation process conducted by AlixPartners, and will prepare the agency to dramatically improve service, end project delays and cost overruns, and finally establish the modern system customers deserve. The MTA also released critical deadlines and milestones for several of the major initiatives to make the reorganization plan a reality, as detailed below.
The Metro-North Railroad platforms throughout Grand Central Terminal will be upgraded with energy-efficient LED lighting thanks to financing from the New York Power Authority. When complete, the $2.7 million lighting upgrade will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,660 tons—the equivalent of taking approximately 350 cars off the road—and improve safety for the more than 750,000 travelers who visit the terminal every day. Today's announcement bolsters Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's comprehensive agenda to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing the clean energy economy.
MTA Metro-North Railroad has been awarded an Operation Lifesaver grant to support TRACKS, a free community outreach program that covers grade crossing safety, rider safety, trespassing and suicide prevention. TRACKS, an acronym for “Together Railroads And Communities Keeping Safe,” is designed for students, drivers, customers, pedestrians and residents who work and live in or around the communities Metro-North Railroad serves.