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Steps to full service restoration in the New York City area
Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:36 PM

 

 

 

Metro-North Railroad Announces Restoration of Service on the Danbury and New Canaan Lines Planned for Saturday, Setember 4
Limited Hudson Line Service Targeted for Early Next Week 
150 Track Workers and Inspectors Converged on Areas Impacted by Storm 
Harlem and New Haven Lines Resumed Service Friday; Full Service Expected on Those Lines for Tuesday Morning Rush 
Customers Encouraged to Check mta.info Before Traveling 
Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi announced today the return to service on several MNR lines following the massive storm that severely impacted Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties earlier this week. 
·Harlem Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush. 
·New Haven Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush.  
·Danbury Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·New Canaan Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·Hudson Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Wassaic Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Waterbury Line: Substitute bus service associated with ongoing infrastructure work will resume. 
·Pascack Valley Line: Resumed limited service. 
·Port Jervis Line: Resumed service Friday. 
Crews continue to work to clear flooding and mudslide conditions and remove downed trees and debris. Crews were able to clear more than 10 inches of water at two critical substations that allowed Metro-North to run electric service Friday morning.  
“We've got excellent employees working to restore service as quickly as possible following unprecedented rainfall throughout the region,” said Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi. “I cannot thank our crew members enough for the heroic work they have been doing to get the region moving again. Part of our priorities as an organization is to be prepared for climate change and to make the necessary steps to harden our infrastructure.” 
Metro-North will cross-honor tickets between the Hudson and Harlem Lines and waiving the surcharge for on-board fares.  
Since conditions can change, and customers should check  or use the MYmta.app or Metro-North's TrainTime app prior to traveling.  
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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:41 PM
Metro-North Railroad Announces Restoration of Service on the Danbury and New Canaan Lines Planned for Saturday
Limited Hudson Line Service Targeted for Early Next Week 
150 Track Workers and Inspectors Converged on Areas Impacted by Storm 
Harlem and New Haven Lines Resumed Service Friday; Full Service Expected on Those Lines for Tuesday Morning Rush 
Customers Encouraged to Check mta.info Before Traveling 
Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi announced today the return to service on several MNR lines following the massive storm that severely impacted Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties earlier this week. 
·Harlem Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush. 
·New Haven Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush.  
·Danbury Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·New Canaan Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·Hudson Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Wassaic Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Waterbury Line: Substitute bus service associated with ongoing infrastructure work will resume. 
·Pascack Valley Line: Resumed limited service. 
·Port Jervis Line: Resumed service Friday. 
Crews continue to work to clear flooding and mudslide conditions and remove downed trees and debris. Crews were able to clear more than 10 inches of water at two critical substations that allowed Metro-North to run electric service Friday morning.  
“We've got excellent employees working to restore service as quickly as possible following unprecedented rainfall throughout the region,” said Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi. “I cannot thank our crew members enough for the heroic work they have been doing to get the region moving again. Part of our priorities as an organization is to be prepared for climate change and to make the necessary steps to harden our infrastructure.” 
Metro-North will cross-honor tickets between the Hudson and Harlem Lines and waiving the surcharge for on-board fares.  
Since conditions can change, and customers should check  or use the MYmta.app or Metro-North's TrainTime app prior to traveling.  
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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:42 PM
Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 5, 2021 5:17 AM

New Jersey Transit:

 

Wassaic Branch customers

 


Regular weekend service will resume on the Wassaic branch on Sunday, September 5, following the completion of significant repairs to infrastructure caused by heavy rainfall.

 

On Labor Day, Monday, September 6, the Wassaic branch will operate on a weekend schedule.

 

For schedule information, please visit .  https://www.njtransit.com

 

Please listen for announcements at your station and continue to monitor , and Facebook and Twitter for updates. Customers can also use our automated phone system at 511 (in Connecticut call 877-690-5114) or to speak with a representative dial 646-252-1701.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:19 AM

New York City Transit Announces Restorations of All Subway Lines for Morning Commute

Tuesday, Sept. 7

All Lines But One and All Shuttles Had Been Restored Within 32 Hours of Storm
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the New York City Subway
will offer full service on all lines on Tuesday, Sept. 7, completing the recovery from the record-shattering
rains unleashed by the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday evening, Sept. 1.
 
Approximately 32 hours after the rain, crews had restored subway service on all lines but a segment
of the 6 in the Bronx. The underground segment south of Whitlock Av and had been flooded with
water mixed with a clay-like substance that required extensive cleaning and extra work on signal
equipment. 
 
Buses continued to provide service during the storm and in its immediate aftermath. While
weather-related detours were established as a result of localized conditions, there was never
any systemic suspensions of bus service associated with the rains caused by the remnants
of Hurricane Ida.
 
“When the going gets tough, MTA operations and maintenance personnel respond to the call to
operate trains safely and to work around the clock to restore service,”said Craig Cipriano, Acting
President of MTA New York City Transit. “I extend my thanks to all of our heroic workers who
worked tirelessly to bring service back. We wouldn’t have had service restored so quickly without
their dedication.” 
 
Crews worked throughout the holiday weekend and restored full service on the 6line by 11:31
p.m. on Sunday night.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 7, marks the first workday of full New York City Transit service following the storm.
 
The Long Island Rail Road restored service on most branches on Thursday, Sept. 2. Metro-North
Railroad, serving a region particularly hard hit by the rain, restored service on the Harlem Line and
New Haven Line on Friday, Sept. 3, the Danbury and New Canaan Branches on Saturday, Sept. 4,
and has already announced the restoration of Hudson Line service for tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 7.
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 5, 2021 5:17 AM

New Jersey Transit:

 

Wassaic Branch customers

 


Regular weekend service will resume on the Wassaic branch on Sunday, September 5, following the completion of significant repairs to infrastructure caused by heavy rainfall.

 

On Labor Day, Monday, September 6, the Wassaic branch will operate on a weekend schedule.

 

For schedule information, please visit .  https://www.njtransit.com

 

Please listen for announcements at your station and continue to monitor , and Facebook and Twitter for updates. Customers can also use our automated phone system at 511 (in Connecticut call 877-690-5114) or to speak with a representative dial 646-252-1701.

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:30 PM
Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:19 AM

New York City Transit Announces Restorations of All Subway Lines

for Morning Commute Tuesday, Sept. 7

All Lines But One and All Shuttles Had Been Restored Within 32 Hours of Storm
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the New York City Subway will offer full service
on all lines on Tuesday, Sept. 7, completing the recovery from the record-shattering rains unleashed by the aftermath
of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday evening, Sept. 1.
 
Approximately 32 hours after the rain, crews had restored subway service on all lines but a segment of the 6 in The
Bronx. The underground segment south of Whitlock Av and had been flooded with water mixed with a clay-like
substance that required extensive cleaning and extra work on signal equipment. 
 
Buses continued to provide service during the storm and in its immediate aftermath. While weather-related detours
were established as a result of localized conditions, there was never any systemic suspensions of bus service
associated with the rains caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
 
“When the going gets tough, MTA operations and maintenance personnel respond to the call to operate trains safely
and to work around the clock to restore service,”said Craig Cipriano, Acting President of MTA New York City Transit.
“I extend my thanks to all of our heroic workers who worked tirelessly to bring service back. We wouldn’t have had service
restored so quickly without their dedication.” 
 
Crews worked throughout the holiday weekend and restored full service on the 6line by 11:31 p.m. on Sunday night.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 7, marks the first workday of full New York City Transit service following the storm.
 
The Long Island Rail Road restored service on most branches on Thursday, Sept. 2. Metro-North Railroad, serving
a region particularly hard hit by the rain, restored service on the Harlem Line and New Haven Line on Friday, Sept. 3,
the Danbury and New Canaan Branches on Saturday, Sept. 4, and has already announced the restoration of Hudson
Line service for tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 7.
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:35 PM
Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, September 11, 2021 3:07 PM

 

 

Hudson Line customers,

Due to the need for significant reconstruction of a segment of the Hudson Line that was damaged during Tropical Storm Ida, the Hudson Line will continue to operate on a reduced weekday schedule for the week of Sept. 13-17. 

On Monday, Sept. 20, a new weekday schedule will go into effect that reflects the ongoing effort to rebuild the damaged section in Dobbs Ferry. Please check back here for updates. 

Hudson Line Weekdays

Peak
--Hudson Line trains will operate every 20-30 minutes during peak hours at all stations. 

Off-Peak
--Hourly service will operate between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal during off-peak hours at all stations. 

For schedule information, please see our updated print timetable at  or visit .

Hudson Line Weekends:

Regular weekend service will be in effect on the weekends of Sept. 11-12 and 18-19, as published in the Aug. 29 schedule change, see  

While crews continue to make repairs, bridge plates have been installed for customers to board trains at Riverdale, Ludlow, Glenwood, Greystone, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley-on-Hudson and Irvington stations.  Please do not board bridge plates until the train has come to a complete stop. 

For connecting services information, including Hudson Rail Link and the Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon ferries, see  

Please listen for announcements at your station and continue to monitor , Facebook and Twitter for updates. Customers can also use our automated phone system at 511 (in Connecticut call 877-690-5114) or to speak with a representative dial 646-252-1701.


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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:57 PM

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Hudson Line Service to Resume 82% of Pre-Pandemic Weekday Service, 100% of Pre-Pandemic Weekend Service  

Crews Have Continued Clean Up Work Since Record Rainfall From Remnants of Hurricane Ida Damaged Infrastructure Along the Line  

Two Tracks Remain Out of Service Between Greystone and Tarrytown While Restoration Work Continues; Minor Adjustments to Schedules 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:07 PM

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that service frequencies will increase on the Hudson Line beginning on Monday Sept. 20, with weekday service returning to 82% of pre-pandemic levels and weekend service to 100% of pre-pandemic levels. The Hudson Line sustained significant damage after record rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the area beginning on Sept. 1, continuing into the early morning hours of Sept. 2. 

Some train times will be adjusted to reflect earlier departures and slightly longer trip times due to reduced capacity on the Hudson Line because of landslides and culvert damage caused by the storm.  Two tracks on an approximately six mile stretch between Greystone and Tarrytown stations remain out of service while crews continue restoration work. Customers should plan up to an extra five minutes of travel time while restoration work continues. 

Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 16, 2021 10:35 PM

 

MTA Metro-North Railroad to Resume Regular Hudson Line Service Levels Monday, Sept. 20

Hudson Line Service to Resume 82% of Pre-Pandemic Weekday Service, 100% of Pre-Pandemic Weekend Service  

Crews Have Continued Clean Up Work Since Record Rainfall From 

Remnants of Hurricane Ida Damaged Infrastructure Along the Line  

Two Tracks Remain Out of Service Between Greystone and Tarrytown Whi

Restoration Work Continues; Minor Adjustments to Schedules 

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that service frequencies will increase on

 the Hudson Line beginning on Monday Sept. 20, with weekday service returning to 82%

 of pre-pandemic levels and weekend service to 100% of pre-pandemic levels.

Hudson Line sustained significant damage after record rainfall from remnants of Hurrican

 Ida hit the area beginning on Sept. 1, continuing into the early morning hours of Sept. 2. 

Some train times will be adjusted to reflect earlier departures and slightly longer trip

 times due to reduced capacity on the Hudson Line because of landslides and culvert damage

caused by the storm.  Two tracks on an approximately six mile stretch between Greystone and

Tarrytown stations remain out of service while crews continue restoration work. Customers

should plan up to an extra five minutes of travel time while restoration work continues. 

“I cannot emphasize enough the Herculean effort put forth by our crews in the two weeks since

the storm ravaged our entire territory, especially the Hudson Line,” said Catherine Rinaldi,

 President of Metro-North Railroad. “It is because of their efforts that that we are now able

 to resume pre-Ida service levels beginning on Monday. I cannot thank everyone involved enough

h for their dedication and diligence.” 

Metro-North was able to restore service on the Hudson Line on Tuesday, Sept\ 7

 just days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed record-setting rains in the region

and damaged infrastructure along the line. Service since then has operated every half hour,

with some trains operating hourly. 

Following initial post-storm inspections and clearance of trees, vegetation and debris from the

tracks, MTA crew members and contractors restored slopes and ballast that had been washed out by

floodwaters at multiple locations throughout the Hudson Line, and installed more than 600 cubic yards

of heavy stone fill to stabilize areas surrounding tracks for safe operation. Much of the work has been at

Greystone, where waters cascaded down from Warburton Avenue creating a mudslide onto the tracks,

and at Dobbs Ferry, where damage to a culvert has removed two tracks from service until permanent repairs can be made. 

Metro-North reminds customers to check , the MYmta.app, or Metro-North's TrainTime app prior to traveling.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 24, 2022 4:27 AM
September 30, 2021

MTA Launches MTA AWAY Program for Deals, Packages and Destinations to Inspire Regional Travel

Explore New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley by Taking Subways, Buses, LIRR and Metro-North 

 Gives MTA Customers Inspiration for Car-Free Daytrips

New MTA AWAY Program Streamlines Destination Deals and Promotional Opportunities for Businesses, Cultural Organizations, and Travel and Tourism Partners 

  

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the formal launch of MTA AWAY as a way to help New Yorkers leave the car, choose mass transit, and experience all the events and destinations the New York region has to offer. With so much to see and do in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, customers from every stretch of the MTA’s footprint can now enjoy special savings on daytrip destinations, outdoor activities and events, all easily accessible by taking mass transit. 

MTA AWAY replaces the former Deals and Getaways programs run by each agency. Now, customers can learn about current deals and destinations regardless of the agency, through robust digital signage appearing in stations and onboard trains and buses, and on a brand new dedicated website—. The site offers original content and showcases partnerships with travel and tourism organizations including Hudson Valley Happenings, Discover Long Island, NYC & Company and TDF/TKTS. These partners provide seasonal content which includes itineraries, dining and activity guides, event suggestions and more. features destination details and the easiest way to get to them, whether it be taking the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, subways or buses. 

Customers using the system will notice MTA AWAY digital advertisements playing in stations. The ads feature QR codes that . 

“Today’s launch puts all the events and destinations New York has to offer in one place. Planning for a daytrip has never been easier,” said Sarah Meyer, MTA Chief Customer Officer. Just go to  and you can find places to go and know how to get there. You don’t need to own or rent a car to get to New York’s favorite destinations!  Riding our buses and trains are good for the planet and even better for your wallet.” 

“The Long Island Rail Road is a critical asset to Long Island residents and visitors alike and Discover Long Island is pleased to provide Long Island destination information in the new MTA AWAY program," said Discover Long Island President & CEO, Kristen Reynolds. "With so many of our downtowns and iconic attractions located on or near LIRR train stops, this new consumer program provides information and access that encourages year-round travel to Long Island with the ease and convenience of public transit." 

“We are pleased to support the newly launched MTA AWAY program, which will inspire regional travel to New York City and add value to the visitor experience through a multitude of offers,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company

To celebrate the launch of , MTA and amNY partnered for the “Fun Fall Giveaway”. The sweepstakes, which starts today and runs through Oct. 21, gives New Yorkers a chance to win admission tickets to top attractions and events, 7-day MetroCards, an overnight Long Island escape and much more. Enter via .  See full . Customers who pick up a hard copy of amNY Metro also will find the “Car-Free Guide”, a special section that has details on destinations offered through the MTA AWAY program. 

MTA AWAY also makes it easier for prospective business partners to do business with the Authority. By creating an umbrella for all agency promotions, prospective promotional partners can develop co-branded MTA AWAY campaigns to reach the millions of riders who use the system every day, from subway and bus customers in New York City to railroad customers on Long Island, and in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. 

The first deal under the MTA AWAY program was with The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Van Gogh offered discounts to MTA customers and also sponsored the Authority’s 11th Mask Force, providing Van Gogh-branded t-shirts for volunteers---who give free masks to MTA customers---and merchandise. A sampling of current deals offered through MTA AWAY include discounts on admission to Museum of Modern Art, Storm King Art Center, and the New York Botanical Garden. MTA’s current discount rail and admission packages include: Escorted Long Island Wine Tours, Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, the Bronx Zoo and the Hudson River Museum. 

Railroad customers can save even more on weekend trips during the fall by taking advantage of . Under the Autumn Weekends program, LIRR and Metro-North honor all monthly tickets for travel on weekends to and from any LIRR and Metro-North stations, regardless of the stations printed on the ticket. Additionally, monthly ticketholders traveling on those weekend days will be able to bring up to four additional travelers for only $1.00 per person each way. Please note, however, that LIRR tickets are only valid for travel on LIRR, and Metro-North tickets are only valid for travel on Metro-North

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 24, 2022 4:29 AM
ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Port Jervis Metro-North Railroad Station Transformation
Station Now Fully Accessible and Given Modern Feel with Updated Platform Design Including New Artwork Inspired by History of Port Jervis
Photos Available Here 
  
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a project that has transformed the Port Jervis station, making it fully accessible and giving it a more modern feel, as customers continue their return to the railroad. The top-to-bottom transformation at the West of Hudson terminus station included the construction of a one-car length high-level platform, a concrete ramp leading from the parking lot to the platform, and a new sidewalk. 
"Our commuter rail is what keeps the metropolitan region's economy moving forward, which is why we continue to invest in modernizing and expanding the system," Governor Hochul said. "Upgrading our stations like Port Jervis will allow us to continue our comeback from the pandemic and to stay economically competitive in the long term." 
Improvements were also made to the existing parking lot to allow easier access onto the platform. The platform canopy was remodeled with a modern wooden ceiling and with sleek station signage. Other upgrades include new benches with USB ports, new LCD kiosk and security cameras to enhance safety at the station.  
Additionally, a brand new glass-enclosed passenger shelter was built on the platform, and includes artwork commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, and inspired by Port Jervis' rich history. The artwork titled Boat House Buggy was carefully curated by illustrator and graphic artist, Armando Veve and fabricated by Tom Patti Design. Veve's artwork is the culmination of in-depth research about Port Jervis and showcases prominent symbols, objects, architectural forms, and industries of the city's history. The glass menagerie of natural and mechanical scenes serve as a vibrant entrance to the station and point of inspiration for visitors and the Port Jervis community.  
"Providing the best possible commuting experience will steer more Orange County residents towards taking the railroad into New York City," said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. "From the accessibility upgrades to the thoughtful artwork that captures the history of the city, Port Jervis customers now have a station that will proudly serve them for decades to come."  
"Port Jervis customers returning to their commute can look forward to using a more accessible and inclusive station, which can also attract new customers to our system," said Quemuel Arroyo, MTA Chief Accessibility Officer. "Ensuring we meet the needs of all our customers is a core goal at the MTA and every accessible station we bring online is a step in that direction."  
"Arts & Design is excited to present Boat House Buggy to Port Jervis, a city that embraces its rich history," said Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design. "The artwork is vibrant and incredibly detailed. The in-depth research about Port Jervis by Veve morphed into the exquisite drawings, depicting the past and present of the City, and hopefully will inspire generations to come."  
The project's completion now makes the station ADA-compliant and gives Port Jervis customers a modernized station. The new ramp is complemented by a newly constructed one-car length high-level platform, allowing seamless access from the station parking lot, onto the platform and onto the train.  
Prior to the pandemic, the Port Jervis station served approximately 200 passengers on an average weekday, 150 on an average Saturday and 230 on an average Sunday. Recently, ridership has climbed back up from the depths of the pandemic to approximately 35 to 40 percent of pre-pandemic levels.   
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, "I want to thank the MTA for its diligent work in completing the important work to improve the Port Jervis Station. These upgrades will improve accessibility for residents, including those with disabilities, and enhance travel for commuters and visitors. This is an exciting opportunity for Port Jervis and will make the city even more accessible for travelers from throughout the region."   
Port Jervis Mayor Kelly B. Decker said, "It is with sheer excitement to see the Metro-North Railroad Station in Port Jervis re-open. This state of the art facility, the only one located west of the Hudson, is not only eye catching but more importantly fully handicapped accessible. An investment like this shows the long term commitment by Metro-North to continue servicing this line to our great city. The new station even has its own personal touch with art that was created for our city. On behalf of the people of the City of Port Jervis we 'Thank' Metro-North and others who were able to get this project completed."   
Senator Michael Martucci said, "The Port Jervis Line is key to the freedom of movement of families and working people in my district. This investment at Port Jervis Statikn
will improve safety and service for all customers, including those with disabilities, and I thank Metro-North for their continued commitment to our region's transportation infrastructure."   
Assemblymember Karl Brabenec said, "After years of hard work, it's exciting to see what we were able to accomplish for the Port Jarvis station. Throughout the process, I worked alongside community members from all political persuasions and walks of life to keep this project to better our community moving forward. That is what good government is all about. The new high-level platform to help with boarding, updated ramp for handicapped passengers, and the beautifully designed canopy and passenger shelter are testaments to what we can accomplish when the government works for the people." 
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 3:29 AM
October 11, 2021

ICYMI: Safety Improvements at Breakneck

Ridge Station Begin

Preparation for Station Reopening and Fjord Trail Construction

FISHKILL, NY (Dutchess County)—The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, MTA Metro-North Railroad,

NYS Department of Transportation, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

announced today that work will commence October 12, 2021 on safety improvements to the

Breakneck Ridge Station. Once complete, Metro-North will be able to reopen the station as a

weekend stop on the Hudson Line. This is an interim step towards the comprehensive

redesign of the Route 9D corridor north of Breakneck known as the Breakneck Connector.

That segment will mark the first mile of the planned 7.5-mile Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail linear

park when it goes to construction next year.

Some initial site preparation has already taken place in the area between the train tracks and

Route 9D. Metro-North removed overgrowth to ready the area for necessary measures including

an off-road trail that will connect passengers to the southbound platform, a safety fence separating

pedestrians from the railroad tracks, and temporary wayfinding signage. The station safety improvements

are slated for completion before year’s end. The project is being funded by Hudson Highlands

Fjord Trail and MTA funds secured by State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef of District 95 for

Metro-North.

“Safety is at the core of everything we do,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of MTA Metro-North

Railroad. “Our Breakneck Ridge station is the gateway to one of the most popular and iconic

hiking destinations in the region. As Metro-North ridership continues to recover, especially

weekend ridership, I am thrilled that Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is moving ahead with these

safety improvements and that we will soon be able to reopen a safer and more inviting

station for our returning customers.”

“The fencing Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail will install is the first step in implementing the larger

Breakneck Connector project. Safety has always been one of our core aims and securing the

tracks from pedestrians in this busy hiking destination is a major step forward,” said Amy Kacala,

Executive Director of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail.

The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is envisioned as a world-class linear park, spanning 7.5

miles along the Hudson River connecting the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon

in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Construction of the first segment of the Fjord Trail will

commence in 2022. Metro-North, NYS DOT, and NYS Parks are among the many partners

working together to make the Fjord Trail a reality, including local municipalities, governmental
agencies, community groups, and regional conservation organizations, such as project lead

Scenic Hudson. The Metro-North Hudson Line includes three stations where visitors will beable

to access the Fjord Trail directly: Cold Spring, Beacon, and, once reopened, the Breakneck

Ridge station.

“This next step in improving the safety of the Route 9D corridor and the hiking experience in

the Hudson Highlands is due to the collaboration of many partners. We thank everyone for the

thoughtfulness of the approach to the entire system. It’s an exciting time to be in the Highlands,”
said Linda Cooper, Taconic Regional Director for New York State Parks.

This summer, as part of safety improvements at Hudson Highlands State Park, Hudson Highlands
Fjord Trail and State Parks partnered to create the new Nimham Trail on Breakneck Ridge. The half-
mile connector trail allows for a safer alternative path to start the ascent to the Breakneck summit,
and eliminates two-way hiker traffic at the narrow, steep beginning of that trail
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 24, 2022 6:06 AM
September 30, 2021

MTA Launches MTA AWAY

Program for Deals, Packages and

Destinations to Inspire Regional

Travel

Explore New York City, Long Island and the

Hudson Valley by Taking Subways, Buses, LIRR and Metro-North 

Gives MTA Customers Inspiration for Car-Free Daytrips

New MTA AWAY Program Streamlines Destination Deals and

Promotional Opportunities for Businesses, Cultural

Organizations, and Travel and Tourism Partners 

  

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today

announced the formal launch of MTA AWAY as a way to

help New Yorkers leave the car, choose mass transit, and

experience all the events and destinations the New York

region has to offer. With so much to see and do in New York

, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, customers from every stretch of the

 MTA’s footprint can now enjoy special savings on daytrip

destinations, outdoor activities and events, all easily accessible by taking mass

transit. 

MTA AWAY replaces the former Deals and Getaways

programs run by each agency. Now, customers can learn

about current deals and destinations regardless of the

agency, through robust digital signage appearing in stations and onboard trains

and buses, and on a brand new dedicated website—.

 The site offers original content and showcases partnerships

 with travel and tourism organizations including Hudson

Valley Happenings, Discover Long Island, NYC & Company 

and TDF/TKTS. These partners provide seasonal content

which includes itineraries, dining and activity guides, event

suggestions and more. features destination details and the

easiest way to get to them, whether it be taking the Long

 Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, subways or buses. 

Customers using the system will notice MTA AWAY digital

advertisements playing in stations. The ads feature QR codes that . 

“Today’s launch puts all the events and destinations New

York has to offer in one place. Planning for a daytrip has

never been easier,” said Sarah Meyer, MTA Chief Customer

Officer. Just go to  and you can find places to go and know

 how to get there. You don’t need to own or rent a car to get

to New York’s favorite destinations!  Riding our buses and trains are good for the planet and even better for your wallet.” 

“The Long Island Rail Road is a critical asset to Long Island

residents and visitors alike and Discover Long Island is

pleased to provide Long Island destination information in the

new MTA AWAY program," said Discover Long Island President & CEO, K

risten Reynolds. "With so many of our downtowns and iconic attractions located on or near LIRR train stops, this new consumer program provides information and access that encourages year-round travel to Long Island with the ease and convenience of public transit." 

“We are pleased to support the newly launched MTA AWAY program, which will inspire regional travel to New York City and add value to the visitor experience through a multitude of offers,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company

To celebrate the launch of , MTA and amNY partnered for the “Fun Fall Giveaway”. The sweepstakes, which starts today and runs through Oct. 21, gives New Yorkers a chance to win admission tickets to top attractions and events, 7-day MetroCards, an overnight Long Island escape and much more. Enter via .  See full . Customers who pick up a hard copy of amNY Metro also will find the “Car-Free Guide”, a special section that has details on destinations offered through the MTA AWAY program. 

MTA AWAY also makes it easier for prospective business partners to do business with the Authority. By creating an umbrella for all agency promotions, prospective promotional partners can develop co-branded MTA AWAY campaigns to reach the millions of riders who use the system every day, from subway and bus customers in New York City to railroad customers on Long Island, and in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. 

The first deal under the MTA AWAY program was with The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Van Gogh offered discounts to MTA customers and also sponsored the Authority’s 11th Mask Force, providing Van Gogh-branded t-shirts for volunteers---who give free masks to MTA customers---and merchandise. A sampling of current deals offered through MTA AWAY include discounts on admission to Museum of Modern Art, Storm King Art Center, and the New York Botanical Garden. MTA’s current discount rail and admission packages include: Escorted Long Island Wine Tours, Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, the Bronx Zoo and the Hudson River Museum. 

Railroad customers can save even more on weekend trips during the fall by taking advantage of . Under the Autumn Weekends program, LIRR and Metro-North honor all monthly tickets for travel on weekends to and from any LIRR and Metro-North stations, regardless of the stations printed on the ticket. Additionally, monthly ticketholders traveling on those weekend days will be able to bring up to four additional travelers for only $1.00 per person each way. Please note, however, that LIRR tickets are only valid for travel on LIRR, and Metro-North tickets are only valid for travel on Metro-North

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:31 PM

I used to use White Plains station in the early 1960s.  The area is changed a lot.  The new station is 2 blocks north of the old station.  There are high rise appartments where the old station was.  The old station looked like a mini GCT, with 3 large arched windows out front and back, and a single arched window on each side.  It had 3 tracks at the time, and looked like it had 4 tracks at one time.  It was reduced to 2 tracks (as it is today) by the mid 1960s.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, November
Brookville repurposing NYCT passenger cars to pump train specialty vehicles for emergency use in underground subway system

 

Nov. 16, 2021

 

Each pump and generator car set will include one pump car and one generator car to be used in consist with NYCT’s existing hose and reach cars to pump water out of the subway system tunnels during inclement weather.

 

 

A federally-funded contract was awarded to Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) for the conversion of a total of four retired R110A test fleet passenger railcars into two pump trains to be used for flooding mitigation in New York City Transit’s (NYCT) underground subway system. 

 

Each pump and generator car set will include one pump car and one generator car to be used in consist with NYCT’s existing hose and reach cars to pump water out of the subway system tunnels during special periods of emergency response, including following hurricanes and periods of unusually heavy rainfall.  

 

“The pump and generator cars put BROOKVILLE in a unique position to leverage its history in both transit and underground mining and construction applications to provide this unique emergency use solution for NYCT,” said BROOKVILLE Vice President of Business Development Joel McNeil. “We look forward to synergizing this experience and partnering with our experienced supplier network to deliver a reliable, unique pumping solution that will serve NYCT’s subway system in the coming decades.” 

 

Each pump car will feature a five-pump arrangement, including four inline submersible pumps and one horizontal pump to mitigate water in the subway tunnels. The submersible pumps will work to remove the water from the tunnel, while the horizontal pump will be utilized to pull water in especially low areas when the pump car itself is not submerged. Pumps will be individually controlled through independent motor starters. 

 

Each generator car will utilize a proven, certified EPA Tier 4 diesel engine and connected alternator to power the pumps and auxiliary equipment. Each generator car will also contain an operator control panel, batteries for engine start, solar panels and automatic fire suppression system. 

 

The cars will be connected via a 480V, three-phase trainline system. Additionally, BROOKVILLE will supply 480V trainline kits to retrofit the existing hose and reach cars in order to connect them to the converted pump and generator cars. All cars will also receive new 70-ton trucks designed for freight applications. 

 

In addition to the pump and generator car sets, BROOKVILLE will provide testing, training, spare parts, and warranty support for the emergency use vehicles. 

 

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Dave, Am I missing something? I would not send a crew into a flooded tunnel with a diesel powered punp or are they all going in with sufficient oxygen to maintain their needs?

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Metro-North, CTDOT Bring Positive

Train Control, Signal System and

Passing Sidings to Waterbury

Branch

Historic Upgrade Will Enable Service Increases, Reaffirms Commitment to Rail Service for Naugatuck Valley

Communities 

Project Completed in Collaboration with the

Connecticut Department of Transportation

 Eliminates Final Manual Signal System on Railroad 

Metro-North Railroad today announced it has installed signals, Positive Train Control (PTC) and passing sidings along the Waterbury Branch. The completion represents a historic upgrade to a branch that was built in 1849, underscores the State of Connecticut’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading the branch, and eliminates the final segment of Metro-North Railroad that had been operating without an automatic signal system. 

Though the Waterbury Branch had been exempt from PTC because it lacked a signal system, Metro-North and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) nevertheless brought signals to the branch allowing for PTC to be activated on Nov. 20. PTC automates key operational functions and reduces the potential of human error to contribute to train accidents. With the activation of the Waterbury Branch, all parts of Metro-North are now operating in PTC. 

“The successful installation of the new signal system on the Waterbury Branch allowed us to bring the final segment of Metro-North online for PTC, increasing passenger safety, while also giving us the ability to provide more service on the branch in the future,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “I would like to thank CTDOT for being great partners throughout this project and am excited for our Connecticut customers to reap the benefits of a smoother commuting experience.” 

“Simply put, PTC and signalization mean better safety and better service,” said Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “Metro-North has been an essential partner in advancing the Waterbury Branch into the future and helping lay the groundwork for expanded train service. We thank them for playing an important part in helping us move Connecticut forward.” 

The new signal system, known as Centralized Traffic Control (CTC), was brought online this month by Metro-North crews at the direction of the CTDOT, which provided funding. The CTC system allows trains to safely travel at speeds of up to 60 mph. The signalization project was recognized as the Infrastructure Project of the Year by the Connecticut chapter of the . 

Work on the project began in April 2019 and finished at the beginning of November. In that time crews completely upgraded the signal system on the entire branch. Crews replaced more than 13,000 rail ties to keep train tracks in a good state of repair, and passing sidings were added where trains can pass each other at Derby, Beacon Falls, and just south of Waterbury, with a fourth to be installed at Devon. The siding installations give Metro-North the potential to increase train service and provide more flexibility to reduce congestion during peak periods. 

Since Metro-North started operating service on the Waterbury Branch in 1983, trains have operated under a Manual Block System, the industry standard for rail lines without an automatic signaling system. That system required a Rail Traffic Controller at Metro-North’s Operations Control Center to provide authority to each train’s crew to proceed between various points (or “blocks”) on the line. The new CTC system is a significant upgrade, allowing additional capacity and safety on the line.  

CTDOT looks to build on the signal-system installation with plans to install two-way rail service on the branch in the coming months. With the signaling-system upgrades and the addition of the passing sidings, service can increase on the branch to as many as 22 trains each weekday beginning as early as the summer of 2022. Increased service on the Waterbury Line was funded by $1.23 million in Connecticut state funding; $1.3 billion in federal funds will further enhance and expand these efforts. 

History of the Waterbury Branch 

The Waterbury Branch can trace its roots back to the original Naugatuck Railroad opened in 1849 between Bridgeport and Winsted, CT. The line was acquired by the New York, New Haven & Hartford in 1887, becoming fully integrated into their system in 1906. Control of the line passed to Penn Central in 1969 and to Conrail in 1976. Metro-North took over the contract for operating commuter service between Bridgeport and Waterbury on behalf of Connecticut Department of Transportation in 1983. 

In 1982, CTDOT invested for the future by purchasing the tracks to preserve them for future rail service. After freight service was abandoned north of Waterbury in 1995, the new Naugatuck Railroad began operations in 1996, providing freight service to local businesses and also bringing tourism revenue to the area by operating seasonal passenger excursions utilizing the historic fleet of trains maintained by the volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, CT.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 24, 2022 8:46 AM

Janno Lieber Confirmed as

15th Chair of the MTA

The New York State Senate today confirmed Janno Lieber as the Chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation

Authority (MTA) following his nomination on Jan. 8 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Lieber has been serving as MTA Acting

Chair and CEO since July 2021 and becomes the Authority’s 15th Chair since it was founded in 1968. In that time, Lieber

has led the MTA’s recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, spearheading the hiring of transit workers, accelerating

capital renewal efforts despite financial uncertainty, and restoring the public’s confidence in the system.

“I’d like to thank Governor Hochul and the Senate for their confidence,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.
“Bringing back customers is our single highest priority and that means providing the safest, most reliable, and
most affordable service we can.”

Lieber has worked in public service and on public projects for decades, starting his career in the Ed Koch

administration, where he worked with the MTA from a position in City Hall during the agency’s first great revival
in the 1980s under Bob Kiley and David Gunn.

Prior to being appointed Acting Chair and CEO of the MTA in July 2021, Lieber served as President of MTA Construction
& Development.  

At Construction & Development, Lieber oversaw the approval of the groundbreaking $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital

Program. He successfully managed the on-time and on-budget completion of the l Train Tunnel Project, the Long

Island Rail Road Double Track, and dramatically improved the pace of accessibility upgrade projects, completing a historic

11 ADA stations in 2020 despite the COVID-19 public health crisis. Lieber also led the rehabilitation effort of the F line

Rutgers Tube, the last of the Superstorm Sandy-damaged subway tunnels, in record time. 

Other megaprojects Lieber has overseen include East Side Access, LIRR Mainline Expansion-Third Track, Metro-North

Penn Station Access, the 42 St Connector project and the reconstruction and expansion of Penn Station. 

Lieber also helped spearhead the agency's successful efforts to secure $14.5 billion from the federal government in the

face of the pandemic-induced financial crisis. 

Prior to his arrival at the MTA, Lieber served as President of World Trade Center Properties for 14 years, where he

managed the multibillion dollar development of Silverstein Properties' projects as the World Trade Center was rebuilt

following 9/11. Before that, Lieber headed public-private development at Lawrence Ruben Company, and, as a consultant,

worked with clients including Chicago Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, and Penn Station Redevelopment Corp.,

the agency then responsible for the Moynihan Train Hall project. 

During the Clinton Administration, Lieber served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy

at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Earlier in his career, Lieber practiced law at the New York firm of Patterson,

Belknap Webb & Tyler and served as a transportation policy advisor in the Office of New York City Mayor Ed Koch. 

Lieber is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn. 

Elizabeth Velez Confirmed as MTA Board Member 

The New York State Senate today also confirmed Elizabeth Velez as a member of the MTA Board following her

nomination on Jan. 8 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Velez is Governor Hochul’s first board member appointment 

to the MTA Board. 

“Elizabeth Velez is an excellent addition to the MTA Board,” said MTA Chair and CEO Lieber. “Elizabeth not

only has a deep understanding of the value of transportation to New Yorkers, and brings a wealth of experience

in large-scale capital projects. That experience will be vital to the execution of the MTA’s historic capital program t

hat will modernize and expand the transit network and provide enhanced equity and accessibility to New Yorkers

in the years ahead.” 

“The transit system is the critical connector for New Yorkers,” said MTA Board Member Elizabeth Velez. “I am

excited join the board at such an important time. Together we will help ensure that the incoming federal funding for

infrastructure is put to good use, and as Chair Lieber said, brings the MTA system into the 21st Century. I’d like to again thank

Governor Hochul for the nomination and the Senate for confirmation, I cannot wait to get started.” 

Velez is currently the President of the Velez Organization, a second-generation construction firm started in 1972 by

her father, Andrew Velez. To her credit are hundreds of projects which have come to fruition under her direction,

including over 600 units of housing made affordable by State and Federal grants in the Bronx and Harlem, and

over ten billion dollars of significant educational, healthcare and large-scale projects throughout New York. 

She is a Trustee of Boricua College; an accredited private institution serving primarily Latinas through three

campuses in New York. She serves on the advisory boards of numerous New York City and New York State

agencies, industry non-profits, and groups supporting mentorship and scholarships for youth.

 
 
 
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4 feb. '22

Security Officers Put Out the Fire on a Northbound 1 Train in Washington Heights February 2 
 
 
 
 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials today honored four MTANew York City Transit-contracted security officers for their heroic collaboration putting out a fire on a subway car on a northbound 1 train at 181st St on Wednesday, February 2. The honorees are Field Supervisor Sultan Mohamed and Security Officers Marcel Langhorn, Evelyn Riddick, and Richard Garcia.  
 
The employees instinctively jumped into action after being notified by passengers of a fire onboard. Supervisor Mohamed ensured customers remained safe while Garcia reached for the phone and dialed 911. Langhorn and Riddick rushed to the scene and worked together to mitigate the fire with water from water bottles. According to Langhorn and Riddick, once the fire subsided, they proceeded to stomp the fire out.
 
MTA officials joined these employees at the South Ferry Station in Manhattan to present each of them with a commendation in recognition of their heroic service. 
 
“The actions of these security officers are beyond commendable and are truly an act of bravery and heroism,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “We are grateful for their quick thinking and appreciate how helpful they were in preventing a potentially much more dangerous situation for riders.” 
 
“These employees not only demonstrated an outstanding dedication to their job, but also showed their courage and selflessness,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow “Their teamwork kept both passengers and our frontline employees safe.”  
 
“Just the other day me and my partners helped New York City Transit by putting out a small train fire, as the man said, it could have been bigger, but we did the best we can,” said Security Officer Evelyn Riddick. “As we should, we think about others instead of ourselves.”
 
“In the act of the fire, we put it out and made sure that everybody was safe,” said Security Officer Marcel Langhorn. “So, I’m glad that everybody was safe as we were just patrolling, making sure that the whole station was clear. Give thanks that everybody is safe. As we did our job, we’re just looking out for everybody, just everybody.”
 

The incident occurred at 10:00 a.m.1 train service was suspended between Van Cortlandt Park-242 St and 168 St-Washington Heights in both directions for approximately two hours while the NYPD concluded an on-scene investigation

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MTA Fare Change Pilot to Begin at End of Month

 

More Affordable, More Flexible and More Fair: OMNY Will Offer Best Weekly Fares Automatically with New Fare Capping 

 LIRR and Metro-North to Offer New 20-Trip Tickets and 10% Discount of Monthly Tickets

To Encourage Commuter Rail Ridership Within New York City, MTA to Extend Weekend ‘City Ticket’ Pricing to Weekday Off-Peak Trains

New Fare Offerings Take Effect Feb. 25 for Commuter Railroads, Feb. 28 for New York City Transit


To encourage New Yorkers to get back on subways, buses, and trains, and to reduce the cost and worry surrounding everyday travel, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced a pilot fare program that is more affordable, more flexible and more fair. 

The temporary promotional changes to fare structures will begin Feb. 28 for New York City Transit and Feb. 25 for commuter rail tickets. The pilot will last for at least four months.

“Bringing riders back to mass transit depends on three variables – reliability, safety and price. We’ve made it a priority to get creative on fares,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “Transit affordability is also an equity issue, and we are committed to providing a wide range of new discounts, while ensuring the MTA maintains a solid bottom line.”

“Fare capping will save many of our riders money and give them more flexibility,”said MTA Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer. “At a time when New Yorkers are paying more for everyday items, the MTA is helping them save money on transportation, one of their most essential expenses. Customers no longer have to choose between buying a weekly unlimited pass or paying per ride: With OMNY, they will always get the best deal automatically. We hope riders embrace the new program, and we’ll be watching to see how it affects our operations and farebox revenue. If the pilot is successful, we could extend it or make it permanent.”

Fare Capping Pilot for New York City Transit – Free Unlimited Rides Achieved After 12 OMNY Taps Automatically, Monday Through Sunday

The best weekly fare will be available to all riders who tap with OMNY, without the burden of pre-paying for the week, or having to track their progress. 

OMNY’s technology provides enhanced flexibility to subway, local bus, and Staten Island Railway customers, so they can start accumulating the benefits weekly without having to sign up. Anybody with a device or contactless card can start tapping their way to free rides as long as they use the same device or card each time. 

Customers who tap and go with OMNY will be charged the standard $2.75 pay-per-ride fare for their first 12 trips starting every Monday. Any trips after that through the following Sunday would be free. 

As a result, no OMNY customer would pay more than $33.00 per week, which is the current price of a seven-day unlimited-ride MetroCard. This way customers receive the benefits of a seven-day unlimited-ride card without having to decide to pay upfront.

Free transfers between subways and buses will continue to be offered to all customers under this pilot. Two-part trips that are linked by a free transfer between subway and bus are considered one trip toward the 12 needed to reach the free-fare threshold each week.

Three Big Fare Changes for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The MTA recognizes the evolving transportation needs of our customers with flexible work hours, and the fare pilot offers new, more affordable ticketing options for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers.

The pilot also offers promotional fares designed to encourage railroad ridership within New York City. The MTA will offer three major changes to railroad fares.

A new 20-trip ticket will offer 20% off the comparable 20 peak one-way fares when purchased through MTA eTix, or at a ticket window.

Monthly tickets, which are currently discounted between 48% and 61% of the price of a comparable number of one-way peak tickets, will be discounted by an additional 10%.

CityTicket, which offers a reduced, flat fare on rail travel within New York City on weekends, will be extended to all weekday off-peak trains at a fare of $5.

This is a $2.25 or 31% discount from Metro-North’s current weekday fare between the Bronx and Manhattan, which is $7.25. (CityTicket must be purchased and activated before boarding the train. Metro-North’s off-peak fare between the Bronx and Manhattan remains $13 when purchased on board the train.)

·This is a $2.75 or 35% discount from the LIRR’s current weekday fare between eastern Queens and Manhattan or Brooklyn, which is $7.75. (CityTicket must be purchased and activated before boarding the train. The LIRR’s off-peak fare between eastern Queens and Manhattan or Brooklyn remains $14 when purchased on board the train.)

All LIRR and Metro-North fares will remain off peak through Feb. 28, 2022.

Next Steps

The MTA will evaluate the new fares’ impact on operations, the customer experience and farebox revenue. If the pilot proves successful, the new fare structures could be extended or become permanent.

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MTA Announces Launch of Secure

Bike Storage Pilot at Grand Central

Terminal

Metro-North Railroad Teams Up with NYC-Based

Oonee to Provide Secure Bike Storage at Major Transit Hub

View Video from Today’s News Conference

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that secure bike storage is available at Grand Central Terminal thanks to a pilot program being made possible by a partnership between MTA Metro-North Railroad and Oonee, a Brooklyn-based startup that creates pop-up secure bike parking facilities. The pilot program, which was  in October, is expected to last one year and includes a mini-pod with six parking spaces.

The pod was installed at Grand Central’s former taxiway space at 43rd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. The space provides direct access to the terminal’s west balcony and main concourse and is protected from rain and snow by a large overhang. The launch continues the MTA’s commuter railroads ongoing efforts to become more bike friendly. Last August, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road that bike permits would no longer be required onboard trains as of Sept. 7, 2021.

“This is the time to think seriously about using micro-mobility to expand the reach of the MTA network,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “One way to bring riders back to the system is to make customers’ overall trips easier. Cycling exploded during the pandemic, and this pilot is a step towards improving bike access.”

“Metro-North is thrilled to build on its ongoing efforts to provide sustainable transportation options for riders,” said Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi. “I’d like to thank the Metro-North Stations Department for working so hard to make this pilot happen, and Board Member Norman Brown who first brought Shabazz and the great work that he has been doing to my attention.”

“The launch of this secure bike parking pilot represents a major milestone in for the New York City region,” said Shabazz Stuart, Founder & CEO of Oonee. “Cycling integration has the potential to drastically improve the range of transit facilities while also enhancing the passenger experience. We’re hopeful that this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our region.”

“Access to secure bike parking is a key way to encourage more biking in New York City, and we are thrilled to see the MTA working with Oonee to launch the secure bike parking pilot today,” said Danny Harris, Transportation Alternatives Executive Director. “As our report last year found, bike parking in New York City has not kept up with the bike boom, and secure facilities like Oonee will help us catch up to peer cities around the world that have prioritized this infrastructure. We expect that this pilot will be hugely popular and hope it expands to many more transit hubs and neighborhoods across the five boroughs and the MTA region.”

The pilot features the debut of the six-space secure bike parking pod known as Oonee’s . Use of the pod will require a reservation through membership with Oonee, which will allow users to unlock a private space inside the pod using a keycard or smartphone. Reservations will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Oonee memberships are free to the public and anyone can register on.

The storage pod installation and maintenance were handled by Oonee. Through their customer support, Oonee Care, Oonee will handle the upkeep of the storage pod and respond to any customer service needs. The pod will have a free air pump with both Presta and Schrader valves, hydraulic sliding doors for easy access to pod, automated closing doors, and insurance coverage for both bike and scooter owners.

For current information on taking your bike on MTA subways, buses and commuter rail, visit .

About Oonee

Oonee began when founder Shabazz Stuart realized that secure parking for bicycles was critical for convenient and reliable mobility in cities. Despite this obvious need, and the growing number of cyclists on the street, there was no solution available for smart, attractive, secure bike parking structures.

After more than a year of meeting with urban planners, cyclists, transportation advocates, public space managers, and real estate developers, it became clear that any impactful solution would require a completely new, fresh approach. Stuart and co-founder J. Manuel Mansylla realized the need for a kind of nimble streetscape infrastructure that could provide parking options for bikes and scooters, but also would be capable of enhancing the surrounding public space environment.

Each customizable Oonee pod features bike parking on the inside and public space amenities on the exterior. For sponsors and institutions, the easy-to-install pods offer an unlimited array of branding opportunities. For cyclists, Oonee offers affordable, secure bike parking, and finally, a solution that works.

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Feb 22, 2022, 4:49 PM (8 days ago)
 
                                                                                                         
We have good news for Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry customers:

On Wednesday, February 23rd, ferry service will resume on the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry.
The ferry will connect with the morning and afternoon train service on the Hudson Line.

Newburgh-Beacon Ferry customers: Substitute busing continues until further notice until the river ice abates.
 
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March 16, 2022
 
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NYC Transit Set Post-Omicron Wave Record March 10, Carrying 4.8 Million Riders on Subways and Buses for First Time Since Dec. 10, 2021 

76,000 New Yorkers Hit “Lucky 13” in First Two Weeks of OMNY Fare-Capping Pilot 

More Than 473,000 Commuter Rail Rides Purchased with New 20-Trip Ticket 

View Video of Today’s News Conference 

 

COVID-19 arrived in New York City two years ago, emptying schools and office buildings as New York prepared to shut down for the first time in the city’s history. Since then, every industry has been forced to reimagine the way it does business, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had to reimagine ways to adjust to a new normal, while keeping New York’s most essential workers moving throughout the pandemic. 

Today, at an event at Grand Central Terminal, the MTA recognized the heroic frontline workers who helped make the region’s resurgence possible and looked forward to the city’s return, as the Authority welcomes
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MTA Delivers 3,947 Pounds of

Employee Food Donation

Throughout Service Region

Agency-wide, Employee-Driven Food

Drive Initiative to Provide 3,290 Meals

to Families in Need Over the Holidays  

MTA Partners with Food Bank for New York

City, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of

the Hudson Valley, The Food Bank of Lower

 Fairfield County and Island Harvest  

  

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees, in coordination with officers from the MTA Police Department, delivered 3,947 pounds in donations from its employee-driven food drive campaign which included “Stuff an Electric Bus” to help provide food for those in need during the holiday season. The food drive included donations from New York City Transit subways and buses, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, MTA Bridges and Tunnels and MTA Police.   The Authority partnered with five local food banks: Food Bank for New York City, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and Island Harvest. Donations were collected at more than 40 employee facilities throughout the MTA’s agencies.   

NYC Transit’s electric bus #4961, which was also featured in this summer’s ‘Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape Parade,’ picked up donations from the Michael J. Quill Depot and drove them to Food Bank for New York City’s warehouse in Hunts Point. LIRR and Metro-North donations were picked up by MTA Police officers and delivered to the food banks in those territories. 

At a time when food insecurity is increasing, thanks to the generosity of MTA employees, 3,290 meals will be served to families during the holidays. 

“The MTA has kept the region moving since the pandemic began, and now our employees are taking it even further by helping their neighbors in need,” said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “I want to thank our partners at the MTA PD who helped make sure this food can get to those who need it most this holiday season.” 

“At a time where so many New Yorkers are struggling, it’s amazing to see MTA employees who are helping ensure their neighbors can have a happy holiday season,” said Acting President at the MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Buses Frank Annicaro. “Our colleagues at all 28 bus depots and central maintenance facilities across the city rose to the challenge, and I could not be prouder to be part of this team.” 

“The MTA Police Department stands ready to help its neighbors struggling with hunger, and it is important that everyone knows about food insecurity, especially during the holiday season,” said MTAPD Chief of Operations Joseph McGrann. “I want to thank the officers who spent countless hours delivering food and toys to those who need it most this holiday season.” 

“We are incredibly grateful for all of the amazing MTA employees who gathered resources and collected food to support our mission to fight hunger across the five boroughs this holiday season,” said Food Bank For New York City President and CEO Leslie Gordon. “At a time when 1.6 million New Yorkers are currently facing food insecurity, each and every gift makes a difference for our neighbors in need. We owe a debt of gratitude to our friends at the MTA, not only for the donations they made today, but for the work they’ve done on the frontlines to keep our city moving throughout the pandemic.” 

MTA employees also donated thousands of toys to the MTA Police Explorer’s annual Sergeant Susan and Harry Atkinson Memorial Toy Drive. Susan Atkinson was a Long Island Rail Road Police Sergeant who started the toy drive in 1991. Atkinson and her husband Harry spent countless hours collecting toys for underprivileged children in the New York metropolitan area. Susan passed away in 1999, and now the MTA Law Enforcement Explorers continue the tradition in her honor. 

The MTA’s All Generational Transportation Employee Group also collected 202 coats and 74 children’s coats, hats and sweaters to be donated to the Bowery Mission. 

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January 20, 2022

Janno Lieber Confirmed as 15th Chair of the MTA

The New York State Senate today confirmed Janno Lieber as the Chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following his nomination on Jan. 8 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Lieber has been serving as MTA Acting Chair and CEO since July 2021 and becomes the Authority’s 15th Chair since it was founded in 1968. In that time, Lieber has led the MTA’s recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, spearheading the hiring of transit workers, accelerating capital renewal efforts despite financial uncertainty, and restoring the public’s confidence in the system.

“I’d like to thank Governor Hochul and the Senate for their confidence,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “Bringing back customers is our single highest priority and that means providing the safest, most reliable, and most affordable service we can.”

Lieber has worked in public service and on public projects for decades, starting his career in the Ed Koch administration, where he worked with the MTA from a position in City Hall during the agency’s first great revival in the 1980s under Bob Kiley and David Gunn.

Prior to being appointed Acting Chair and CEO of the MTA in July 2021, Lieber served as President of MTA Construction & Development.  

At Construction & Development, Lieber oversaw the approval of the groundbreaking $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Program. He successfully managed the on-time and on-budget completion of the l Train Tunnel Project, the Long Island Rail Road Double Track, and dramatically improved the pace of accessibility upgrade projects, completing a historic 11 ADA stations in 2020 despite the COVID-19 public health crisis. Lieber also led the rehabilitation effort of the F line Rutgers Tube, the last of the Superstorm Sandy-damaged subway tunnels, in record time. 

Other megaprojects Lieber has overseen include East Side Access, LIRR Mainline Expansion-Third Track, Metro-North Penn Station Access, the 42 St Connector project and the reconstruction and expansion of Penn Station. 

Lieber also helped spearhead the agency's successful efforts to secure $14.5 billion from the federal government in the face of the pandemic-induced financial crisis. 

Prior to his arrival at the MTA, Lieber served as President of World Trade Center Properties for 14 years, where he managed the multibillion dollar development of Silverstein Properties' projects as the World Trade Center was rebuilt following 9/11. Before that, Lieber headed public-private development at Lawrence Ruben Company, and, as a consultant, worked with clients including Chicago Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, and Penn Station Redevelopment Corp., the agency then responsible for the Moynihan Train Hall project. 

During the Clinton Administration, Lieber served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Earlier in his career, Lieber practiced law at the New York firm of Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler and served as a transportation policy advisor in the Office of New York City Mayor Ed Koch. 

Lieber is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn. 

Elizabeth Velez Confirmed as MTA Board Member 

The New York State Senate today also confirmed Elizabeth Velez as a member of the MTA Board following her nomination on Jan. 8 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Velez is Governor Hochul’s first board member appointment to the MTA Board. 

“Elizabeth Velez is an excellent addition to the MTA Board,” said MTA Chair and CEO Lieber. “Elizabeth not only has a deep understanding of the value of transportation to New Yorkers, and brings a wealth of experience in large-scale capital projects. That experience will be vital to the execution of the MTA’s historic capital program that will modernize and expand the transit network and provide enhanced equity and accessibility to New Yorkers in the years ahead.” 

“The transit system is the critical connector for New Yorkers,” said MTA Board Member Elizabeth Velez. “I am excited join the board at such an important time. Together we will help ensure that the incoming federal funding for infrastructure is put to good use, and as Chair Lieber said, brings the MTA system into the 21st Century. I’d like to again thank Governor Hochul for the nomination and the Senate for confirmation, I cannot wait to get started.” 

Velez is currently the President of the Velez Organization, a second-generation construction firm started in 1972 by her father, Andrew Velez. To her credit are hundreds of projects which have come to fruition under her direction, including over 600 units of housing made affordable by State and Federal grants in the Bronx and Harlem, and over ten billion dollars of significant educational, healthcare and large-scale projects throughout New York. 

She is a Trustee of Boricua College; an accredited private institution serving primarily Latinas through three campuses in New York. She serves on the advisory boards of numerous New York City and New York State agencies, industry non-profits, and groups supporting mentorship and scholarships for youth.

 
 
 
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Metro-North to Improve Hudson Line Service Through Dobbs Ferry Following Completion of Work to Rebuild Culvert and Tracks Washed Out by Tropical Storm Ida
Travel Times to Shorten by Five Minutes at Same
Time as Schedules Increase Service to Highest Levels Since Pandemic Began – 89% of Pre-Pandemic Service
Nearly Six-Month Project Renewed and Reinforced All Four Tracks Through the Area
Having All Tracks Back in Service Restores Line Capacity and Flexibility



View Drone Video of New Culvert

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that crews have completed permanent repairs of a 110-year-old culvert in Dobbs Ferry and the track structure on it that was washed out by heavy rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida. The completion of the emergency culvert replacement enables Metro-North to cut Hudson Line travel times through the area by up to five minutes on March 27 in conjunction with the new timetables that increase Metro-North sercvice systemwide to 89% of pre-pandemic levels. 

“Metro-North forces worked closely with the C & D contractor, restoring the track infrastructure as the project progressed across all four tracks,” said Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi. “Today, Metro-North trains can operate at full speed over the culvert allowing us to cut five minutes from Hudson Line travel times. Having all four tracks back in service also gives Metro-North more flexibility to navigate through any potential problems.”

“Following the washout last fall, our Construction and Development team cleared trees and debris and addressed flooding conditions at multiple spots so we could restore service through Westchester County and the Bronx. They were able to quickly restore two tracks over the culvert in Dobbs Ferry, and then focus attention on a permanent fix,”said MTA Construction & Development President Jaime Torres-Springer. “Always aware of the impact the storm had to customers, the team worked tirelessly to bring the culvert back to operation before handing it off to Metro-North forces to complete the final steps.” 

MTA Construction & Development actively managed the team of contractors and consultants who replaced the 110-year-old culvert in its entirety, where Wickers Creek drains into the Hudson, which serves as an emergency overflow drain during times of extraordinarily high rainwater events. All the work was undertaken while trains continued to travel over the culvert under slow speed restrictions. Following the completion of this work in early March, Metro-North Railroad’s track crews installed rails, ties and ballast which was followed by surfacing the entire track area. They installed and tested the third rail and ensured all signal systems and Positive Train Control (PTC) were working flawlessly. 

The announcement brings an end to delays that began Sept. 1, 2021, when Tropical Storm Ida unleashed torrential downpours on the region. Metro-North implemented a new schedule on the Hudson Line on Sept. 20 to accommodate the culvert repair work and reduced line capacity. 

On March 27, in conjunction with the schedule increases, Metro-North will remove the additional schedule time added in September to trains traversing the area. 

Some of the overall highlights of the new timetables follow.

Hudson Line
Weekday service levels increase from 142 trains to 156 trains.
The Lower Hudson zone between GCT and Croton-Harmon increases from 82 trains to 92 trains.
AM Peak trains increase from 19 trains to 21 trains.
PM Peak trains increase from 15 trains to 18 trains.

The Upper Hudson zone between Cortlandt and Poughkeepsie increases from 60 trains to 64 trains.
AM Peak trains increase from 11 trains to 13 trains.
PM Peak trains increase from 10 trains to 12 trains.

Weekend service

Service at the popular Breakneck Ridge station will resume this Spring when safety and security enhancements are completed.

Hudson Line riders will experience faster trains.

Harlem Line 
Weekday service levels increase from 190 trains to 208 trains.

The Lower Harlem zone between GCT and North White Plains increases from 91 trains to 97 trains.
AM Peak trains increase from 18 trains to 23 trains.
PM Peak trains increase from 16 trains to 20 trains.

The Upper Harlem zone between Valhalla and Southeast increases from 75 trains to 87 trains.
AM Peak trains increase from 13 trains to 17 trains.
PM Peak trains increase from 12 trains to 18 trains.

Harlem Line riders will experience faster trains.

New Haven Line 
Weekday service levels increase from 244 trains to 278 trains.

The Inner New Haven zone between GCT and Stamford increases from 87 trains to 98 trains.
The Outer New Haven zone between Noroton Heights and New Haven increases from 76 trains to 97 trains.

The New Canaan Branch increases from 38 to 40 trains.

The Danbury Branch and Waterbury Branch service levels are unchanged.

New Haven Line riders will experience faster trains.

Service at Yankee Stadium/E 153rd Street
The New York Yankees open their home season on Thursday, April 7, against the Boston Red Sox. Metro-North will once again operate the popular Yankee Clipper trains on all three lines as well as shuttle trains between GCT, Harlem/125th Street and Yankees/E 153rd St Station for all home games and will add stops at the stadium on regularly scheduled Hudson Line trains.

Holiday Service
The March 2022 schedule incorporates Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

On Fridays, May 27, July 1 and Sept. 2, Metro-North will complement its new, expanded weekday schedule with additional early-getaway trains.

On Memorial Day, May 30, Independence Day, July 4, and Labor Day, Sept. 5, Metro-North will operate its full Sunday train schedule. 

West of Hudson
There are no changes to the West of Hudson schedules on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines.
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Distillind two very recent NYMTA announcements.

1.  One of the 16 NYCTA battery-electric buses is being displayed at the NYCity Auto Shjow.

2.  To hear the stoeiws of some of the most recent NYCTA training vclasses, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKNNBT-qfAA.

 
 
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ICYMI: On Earth Day, Governor Hochul Announces MTA to Expand Next Wave Deployment of Zero-Emission Buses to Six Depots
Prioritizing Equity, First Electric Buses to be Deployed to Historically Underserved Communities      
With the New Depots, MTA Will Have Electric Bus Depots Serving all Five Boroughs      
New Zero-Emission Bus Fleet Will Deepen the MTA’s Commitment to Sustainability and Environmental Justice    
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will deploy 60 zero-emission electric buses at six bus depots serving all five boroughs. This deployment deepens the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commitment to equity and environmental justice by prioritizing communities with high asthma and air pollution rates. In New York City, approximately 75 percent of Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus depots are located in low/moderate-income communities, and transit bus routes run disproportionately through these neighborhoods.   
“My administration is laser focused on speeding up our transition to clean energy,” Governor Hochul said. “Public transportation has always been critical to reducing emissions and this deployment is a major step toward the MTA’s commitment to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. New York’s progress in modernizing our transportation infrastructure has far-reaching impacts that help address social equity and continue to cement our status as a national leader in the fight against climate change.”   
The announcement represents a major step towards the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) 2018 commitment of deploying a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040, which will avoid 520,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually. The first of these new electric buses will begin arriving at depots in the second half of 2022 and will be at all six locations in 2023. The Authority currently operates 15 zero-emission electric buses, and the historic $51.5 Billion MTA 2020-2024 Capital Program includes $1.1 billion in funding to buy another 500.    
These buses will provide service among numerous routes at the following depots:   
·Grand Ave, Queens: servicing the B24, B32, B39, B47, B48, B57, B60, B62, Q59  
·Charleston, Staten Island: servicing the S55, S56, S74, S78, S84  
·East New York, Brooklyn: servicing the B12, B14, B15, B17, B25, B42, B45, B65, B82, B83, B84, Q24, Q56  
·Kingsbridge, Manhattan: servicing the Bx3, Bx7, Bx10, Bx13, Bx18, Bx20, M100  
·Michael J. Quill, Manhattan: servicing the M8, M9, M12, M20, M21, M22, M42, M50, M55, M57, M66, M72  
·Jamaica, Queens: servicing the Q3, Q4, Q5, Q17, Q30, Q42, Q77, Q84, Q85  
In addition, five of these bus depots will be equipped with new state-of-the-art charging infrastructure to support the MTA’s growing electric bus fleet starting in the second half of 2022: Grand Ave, Charleston, East New York, Jamaica, and Kingsbridge. The on-route charger at Williamsburg Bridge Plaza will also receive updates. All infrastructure upgrades will be completed in advance of bus arrivals at each depot.    
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “I can think of no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to announce this significant deployment of electric buses. We know that buses are engines of equity, and it is an MTA priority to bring electric buses to environmental justice communities most impacted by climate change and pollution. Any New Yorker can join the fight against climate change by riding with the MTA, and these electric buses will only further reduce carbon emissions in our region.”   
New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano said, “The MTA is committed to a zero-emissions bus fleet to protect our city from the harmful effects of fossil fuels, and this deployment is a big step towards making environmentally friendly mass transit even greener. This deployment will greatly expand the presence of zero-emissions electric buses on New York City’s streets in all five boroughs and represents significant progress towards a fully zero-emissions bus fleet.”   

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “On this Earth Day, it’s a pleasure to join MTA in this celebration of their significant step forward in electrifying their fleet as we continue to work together to combat climate change and pivot towards our clean energy future. Zero-emission buses play a key role in reducing air pollution in our communities while providing essential transportation services in connecting New Yorkers to jobs, activities and amenities across the New York City area.”    
New York Power Authority Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “The MTA is setting a high bar when it comes to leading a full-scale transition to clean public transit and the New York Power Authority is proud of its role in making this all-electric bus fleet a reality. We are finalizing design for the modern overhead charging infrastructure in four depots and will move into construction in the coming months. This partnership is bringing us closer to a city transportation system that will help protect the communities’ health and promise a more sustainable future for all of New York City.” 
This deployment contains several major milestones for the MTA’s bus fleet, including the first agency-owned standard 40-foot electric buses, the first in-depot overhead pantograph chargers, the first partnership with the New York Power Authority to manage charger installation, and the first partnership with a power company to install high-tension service and construction of a sub-station to supply electric buses. The initiative prioritizes environmental justice communities, putting green buses on the roads of neighborhoods that will most benefit from them, and will accelerate the Authority’s progress in further cutting carbon emissions in its bus fleet. The MTA presently has over 1,300 low-emissions hybrid buses in its fleet, including 399 2nd generation hybrid buses which run on battery-only EV mode a portion of the time, greatly reducing fossil fuel usage.  

The MTA is also commemorating Earth Day this year by reminding New Yorkers that the best way to fight climate change is to take public transit. Every year, the MTA’s environmentally sustainable transit system allows the New York metropolitan region to avoid more than 17 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually — or more than three times the annual greenhouse gas emissions of San Francisco. It also means New York State has the lowest per capita energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The commitment to an all zero-emission bus fleet by 2040 will make what is already the most sustainable way to get around the New York region even greener.  
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, "We know that environmental justice begins on the ground, starting with the communities most impacted by climate change. Public transit is a critical piece of this work to build a greener city and more zero-emission buses will supercharge that effort, getting New Yorkers where they need to go while reducing harmful air pollution. I thank Governor Hochul for prioritizing environmental justice, centering the communities hit hardest by climate change, and helping move our city forward.” 
Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “Addressing climate change is critical for all of our communities. Electrifying our transportation system is an essential part of that fight to protect people and our planet, and I believe that public transit should lead the way. I am happy to see the MTA taking concrete steps towards reducing greenhouse gasses while providing reliable transportation for neighbors here in New York’s 16th Congressional District. I look forward to supporting the agency in accelerating its transition to clean energy, and bringing not only our district but the nation into a more sustainable future.”   
State Senator Leroy Comrie said, “I welcome this announcement of additional green buses and their presence in all five boroughs. Zero-emission buses are a step forward for our transit system, for our neighborhoods, and for our environment. As we transition toward an all zero-emission bus fleet, it is important to keep environmental justice in mind and ensure that we continue to prioritize inclusion alongside sustainability.” 
State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud said, “As we celebrate Earth Day 2022, it is fitting that this announcement is being made. The sixty new all-electric buses will help reduce emissions across MTA’s bus fleet, particularly along some routes serving Senate District 19. I applaud the MTA’s commitment to moving toward a 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2040.” 

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine said, "It is exciting to see the MTA move more expeditiously in its transition to a fully-electric bus fleet. Our fight against climate change can be led not only by offering people fast, reliable, and efficient transit service but also by ensuring the vehicles moving people are fully electric. I look forward to riding these electric buses as they hit Manhattan's streets."   
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr said, "For generations, unchecked fossil fuel consumption and emission production has had dangerous and disparate consequences for many of our historically underserved communities across Queens, from Astoria’s “Asthma Alley” to Jamaica and beyond. With today’s announcement, that tide begins to turn. Fully electrifying our bus fleet is a critical step forward to preserving our environment and protecting our families, and I am grateful to the MTA for its commitment to rolling out more electric buses in Queens this fall. I look forward to working with the MTA to further expedite this process as climate change continues to bear down on our borough." 
New York City Council Member Selvena N. Brooks-Powers said, “New York City has been plagued by disinvestment for years, causing black and brown communities to lack reliable access to transportation. I applaud Governor Kathy Hochul and MTA Chairman Janno Lieber for prioritizing equitable access to green transportation to ensure under-resourced communities have access to reliable, safe, affordable and accessible transportation. Deployment of 60 zero-emission electric buses - like the Q5, that services Laurelton and Rosedale - will ensure New Yorkers have access to transportation, while not contributing to increases in asthma rates and air pollution.” 
New York City Council Member Eric Dinowitz said, “With what we know now about the unnerving acceleration of climate change, it is welcomed news that the MTA is looking to do their part with the deployment of 60 new electric buses. This is just a first step towards an 100% zero emissions fleet by 2040, but a critical one. We are at a time where rates of asthma are soaring in The Bronx, and scientists across the globe are pleading with governments and private industry to take these steps to protect the livability of our earth. I am appreciative that our agencies here in New York are listening and taking action.”  

New York City Council Member Sandy Nurse said, “Today's announcement by the MTA of the rollout of a number of all-electric buses is a necessary step toward reducing our transit system's emissions and their negative health impacts on our communities. As the MTA continues to make progress toward a 100% zero-emissions fleet, we must continue to ensure we prioritize environmental justice communities like East New York, which have too often been made to bear the burden of polluting infrastructure.  

New York City Council Member Robert Holden said, “Our environment is precious, and we should leave this world better than we found it. On this Earth Day, and every day, we should make every effort to reduce our emissions and improve our climate.”  

President of the New York League of Conservation Voters Julie Tighe said,"We can’t tackle the climate crisis without tackling transportation pollution and investing in mass transit. There's no better progress for the environment and public health in New York to celebrate on Earth Day than the MTA following through on its commitment to deploy 60 zero-emissions electric buses on its way to a fully electric fleet. With asthma the leading cause of school absences, reducing air pollution in communities that house bus depots is critical to improve the public health of our neighbors, and keep kids in class. The New York League of Conservation Voters thanks the Governor, the MTA, and the collaboration among our leaders to make this possible." 
Customer Energy Solutions Senior Vice President Lenny Singh said, “Con Edison is proud to be a partner with the MTA in its significant shift to electric buses. As more electric vehicles hit the streets, it’s critical there’s a robust charging network in place. That’s where we come in: by investing to ensure the reliability of the electric grid, and by committing to New York State’s goals for a clean energy future.” 
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April 25, 2022
Reminder: Central Business District Tolling Program Early Outreach Comment Period to Remain Open Through Wednesday
Public Encouraged to Continue Submitting Comments Online, by Email, Mail, Phone or Fax
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) remind the public that individuals can continue to provide comments on the Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP) proposal, also known as congestion pricing, through Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Information on the CBDTP proposal, including links to presentations and public outreach meetings, may be found athttps://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP. Based on extensive early public outreach, the proposal has benefited from more than 7,300 comments in the tri-state area to date. 
  
Where to Comment 
  
Online: Members of the public are invited to continue to submit comments related to the CBDTP project and process on the project website atnew.mta.info/project/CBDTP, which also provides information about the proposed program and anticipated benefits, as well as the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. It also allows members of the public to sign up to stay informed with alerts, view the latest news on the program, and more. 
 
Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org      
 
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004    
 
Phone: Call (646) 252-7440 to leave comments or questions 
 
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team. 
  
The public is invited to watch any of the series of public meetings that have been held about the program on the MTA’s YouTube channel under the CBDTP playlist
  
While the conclusion of the early public comment period in April will bring the initial phase of robust public outreach and participation to a close, the proposed CBDTP will enter the next phase of public involvement in the next few months. The sponsoring agencies will commence a new public comment period and outreach process, including public hearings, on the EA, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA establishes the purpose, need and objectives for the proposed CBDTP program, identifies any possible effects resulting from implementation, and identifies potential mitigations as appropriate.  
  
Central Business District Tolling Program Background and Next Steps    
  
The CBDTP was authorized by the State in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities across the world that have similar programs have also experienced reduced traffic and improved air quality. If approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the CBDTP would be the first such program in the United States. 
 
In March of 2021, FHWA informed the project partners of its determination that an EA was the appropriate next step for the CBDTP, including a robust public participation process designed to ensure involvement of stakeholders from throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.   
  
The current comment period is part of an enhanced early outreach program that began last fall and is informing the creation of the EA document required by FHWA. To date, the project partners have held 19 virtual public meetings, 9 of which were focused on Environmental Justice communities and populations and convened an Environmental Justice Technical Advisory Group and an Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group to better understand concerns related to potential effects of the program on minority and low-income populations. 
  
All comments submitted via the CBDTP website, email, mail, phone, and fax will be documented and indexed as part of the review process. Following the release of the EA, the program sponsors will hold public hearings seeking formal comments on the document itself. Those comments will also be formally documented and responded to in subsequent documents

 

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April 21, 2022
 

MTA Metro-North Railroad Reveals New Platform Shelter and Station Enhancements at Nanuet

 
Dedicated in Memory of Orrin Getz, Former Vice Chair of the Metro-North
Railroad Commuter Council

Capital Project Completed as Part of Small Business Mentoring Program


MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi today announced the opening of the rebuilt platform shelter at the Nanuet Station with modernized station amenities that will enhance customer communication and the customer experience, and dedicated in memory of Orrin Getz, Vice Chair of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council. The Nanuet Station is the Pascack Valley Line’s busiest station in New York, with approximately 600 daily customers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The shelter welcomes riders with new benches with USB connections, LED lights, a fully glass enclosed waiting area, heating, a wooden ceiling, and directional signs on the exterior of the new shelter. The platform shelter has been redesigned in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Communication and security enhancements include the installation of a new speaker and camera inside the shelter and Help Points – sleek metal enclosures that contain an emergency call box with a direct line to MTA Police Department (MTAPD) and are topped with a high intensity LED beacon that provides high visibility and helps deter potential crime. 

Additionally, as part of the Customer Service Initiative, crews have installed a kiosk that displays real-time train departure information. The Customer Service Initiative, known as CSI, is a part of the Way Ahead plan, Metro-North’s strategic plan that includes initiatives designed to set the standard for safety, reliability, and innovation in the delivery of excellent customer service. 

“A modern, attractive and clean station is an important part of the Metro-North customer experience,” said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi, “Part of that improved customer experience is largely owed to the efforts of Orrin Getz, a leading voice for all Metro-North riders, but especially for West of Hudson riders, being a Pascack Valley rider himself. The shelter has been deservingly dedicated to Orrin, in recognition of his accomplishments and years advocating for improved service on behalf of his community.” 

“Rockland residents are looking for transportation parity,” said State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick. “Orrin Getz was a champion for improving passenger train service west of the Hudson. As we honor his legacy with this latest investment in the Pascack Valley Line, we celebrate a first step in the right direction.” 

“Orrin Getz dedicated decades of his life to advocacy on behalf of Rockland County commuters and is exactly why I asked for this shelter to be named in his honor,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “Rockland County looks forward to continued collaboration with Metro-North and New Jersey Transit to further improve service on the Pascack Valley line and revitalize other stations in our County, because as we know much, much more needs to be done for our beleaguered Rockland commuters.” 

"As many commuters begin heading back to their offices in the coming months, this new platform shelter in Nanuet will be a welcome sight,” said State Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski. “These capital improvements are a testament to Orrin Getz, a tireless advocate for commuters and longtime member of the Metro North Commuter Council. His efforts and advocacy on behalf of Rockland commuters was well known throughout the community and it is a fitting honor to dedicate these station improvements in his name. I'm thankful to MTA Metro North for swiftly completing this project and look forward to working with them in the future to continue to improve our transportation network.” 

"On behalf of the Town of Clarkstown, we thank Metro-North for this much needed upgrade to the Nanuet Train Station,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. “The residents of Clarkstown and Rockland County appreciate the new communication, technology and security enhancements. I am so delighted that the new shelter is dedicated to longtime resident and transportation advocate, Orrin Getz. Over the years, Orrin committed countless hours to advocacy and his efforts directly resulted in improved service to the Pascack Valley line. This dedication is a true honor to his commitment to our community and his fellow commuters." 

“Dedicating this shelter to the memory of Orrin Getz is an extremely fitting gesture for a man who made improving commuting from Rockland County a very important mission in his life,” said MTA Board Member and Chair of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council Randolph Glucksman. “Orrin was a strong advocate for Metro-North riders whose efforts improved West of Hudson passenger train service and was directly responsible for obtaining express service, off-peak service, and weekend service on the Pascack Valley Line. He was there to advocate for more trains and had good relationships with senior officials at Metro-North and NJ Transit to make it happen. His honorable commitment to West of Hudson riders and his local community was unwavering. In a time when there was no timetable rack at the Nanuet shelter, Orrin used an ordinary plastic holder, the kind used for advertising brochures, and took it upon himself to keep it stocked with current timetables, even delivering timetables to local libraries. We could not have had a better, more dedicated advocate than Orrin Getz.” 

“The beautiful shelter being unveiled today is a wonderful testament to Orrin Getz," said Lisa Daglian, Executive Director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC). “He was a staunch advocate for meeting the needs of all riders and wanted to be sure that everyone could access Metro-North, including riders with disabilities. The amenities included here will make waiting for the train less of a burden. A West of Hudson rider, Orrin constantly beat the drum for better and more service and improving communication between the Railroad and commuters. It is a very bittersweet moment that Orrin can’t be here to see this dedication – this shelter in many ways epitomizes his commitment to supporting his fellow riders.” 

Both the station shelter work and the real time information upgrades and are funded through the MTA’s capital program. The shelter work was performed by Pleasant Contracting Corp., a Staten Island-based contracting company that participates in the MTA’s Small Business Mentoring Program. 

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:14 PM

The Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP) was concieved in 2019.  Good thing they waited until now to do the EA (Environmental Assesment).  Perhaps with the loss of some office workers in the business district they will find that maybe they don't need it now.

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