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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 1:43 PM
September 20, 2022

ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces MTA to Install Security Cameras in Every New York City Subway Car


New Funding Supplements Existing Cameras in Train Cars and Stations    

Additional Installation of Cameras Results in Entire Subway Fleet Outfitted with Two Cameras in Each Train Car   

Latest Measure by Governor Hochul to Deter Crime and Enhance Subway Safety 

View Photos from Today’s News Conference 

View Subway Camera Video 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit has received a $2 million award, through the Urban Area Security Initiative federal grant program, which will provide funding for the installation of cameras across the entire fleet of subway cars, enhancing security coverage, and, most importantly, increasing passenger confidence in mass transit safety. The Urban Area Security Initiative is a program under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Grants. The funding will enable the purchase of 5,400 cameras to be installed on 2,700 New York City Transit subway cars, two per car. Additionally, the program will fund approximately 3,800 cameras expanding coverage in approximately 130 subway stations. 

"My number one priority as Governor is keeping New Yorkers safe," Governor Hochul said. "I am proud that we will be installing cameras on all Subway cars - expanding our security capabilities, deterring crime, and providing our law enforcement with support. As we continue welcoming riders back to the transit system, we will continue doing everything in our power to keep riders safe." 

The funding will further strengthen NYC Transit's existing security network of more than 10,000 cameras across all 472 subway stations. The new funding covers the cost of camera installation on 6,355 cars, allowing the MTA to fully outfit every subway car with cameras -- supplementing an existing camera pilot program that includes 200 cameras in 100 subway cars. Additionally, funding from the Subway Action Plan totaling $3.5 million will enable the purchase of 7,310 cameras on 3,655 cars, two per car. The total funding to complete the installations equals $5.5 million. When installation begins an additional 200 train cars per month will have cameras installed until the entire subway car fleet is camera-equipped, which is anticipated to occur sometime in 2025. In addition, when new R211 subway cars are delivered starting in early 2023 they will already be camera-equipped. 

This is the latest measure Governor Hochul has taken to deter crime and enhance the safety of New York City Subways. In June, Governor Hochul signed legislation to protect roughly 11,000 more transit workers against assault and harassment. The legislation extended criminal charges to individuals who assault station customer assistants, ticket or revenue collectors, maintenance workers, repairers, cleaners, and their supervisors, who were not protected under previous laws. 

MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, "As I've said many times before, those who commit crimes in the transit system will be identified and brought to justice. Riders should know we've got their back for their entire journey and this significant upgrade - made possible by new dollars from Governor Hochul - is a great step towards reinforcing New Yorkers' confidence in mass transit safety." 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, "Public safety is my top priority and this new security initiative will further work to ensure that all New Yorkers can get to where they need to go safely. Public transportation is the backbone of New York City, and when commuters feel protected the entire system stands upright. I look forward to the inevitable and positive changes this new program will bring, as well as continuing to work with Governor Hochul to keep our subways safe for all riders." 

NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said, "The NYPD will never cede an inch in its ongoing work to ensure the safety and security of the millions of riders who, each day, depend on us throughout the nation's largest subway system. This is our most basic promise as we remain dedicated to preventing crime, terrorism, and disorder. The NYPD already uses existing MTA cameras, with great success, to solve crimes. Now, with ridership increasing and overall serious crime in the transit system back below pre-pandemic levels - a consequence of the NYPD's increased, concentrated deployment in stations and on trains - the installation of additional MTA cameras covering the entire fleet of subway cars will further our investigatory capabilities and enhance our ability to provide effective, efficient public safety both below and above ground." 

New York City Transit President Richard Davey said, "It's been proven time and time again that cameras in the transit system help fight crime throughout the whole city, not just on the subway. Expanding the camera network will serve to deter those who are intent on committing a crime from entering the transit system." 

MTA Chief Safety & Security Officer Patrick Warren said, "Cameras are an extremely effective tool in solving investigations and in deterring crime. Public and employee security and safety are priorities at the MTA and we consistently work towards implementing and improving measures that support these priorities. This grant is an important step forward supporting our safety and security efforts." 

All Metro-North trains are equipped with cameras, and more than 90 percent of Long Island Rail Road trains are equipped with security cameras. Last year, camera installation across every subway station was accelerated and completed ahead of schedule. Two thousand cameras were installed in 2021 alone. 

The MTA is committed to providing safe and reliable public transit and the Urban Area Security Initiative Award marks the latest step forward in the Authority's mission to be a fully monitored transit system by better deterring crime and increasing passenger security.



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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 15, 2022 2:48 AM

Metro-North Carried 180,200 Riders on Tuesday, September 13, Topping Previous Record Set Wednesday, September 7 

New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road Yesterday Reached Second Highest Ridership Since Pandemic Began 

See Day-by-Day Ridership Data for MTA Agencies Here 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Metro-North Railroad carried record pandemic-era ridership yesterday with 180,200 riders, or 68.6 percent of the pre-pandemic average, topping Metro-North's previous record, set on Wednesday, September 7, of 179,600. Metro-North ridership on the four weekdays after Labor Day was the highest four-day streak since COVID began, with an average weekday ridership of 171,000 or 65.1 percent of pre-pandemic average. 

"Our record-breaking ridership numbers are the latest indicator that New York's post-pandemic comeback is gaining momentum in New York City and the Hudson Valley," Governor Hochul said. "Having more New Yorkers use our public transit is not only good for the economy, but also great for the environment, and this latest milestone is an encouraging sign for what's to come." 

Metro-North President and Long Island Rail Road Interim President Catherine Rinaldi said, "We are seeing a healthy return of riders across all railroad travel markets, an indication that more and more riders are finding that the commuter railroads are a fast and easy way to travel in our region - even more so with the launch of our new Train Time app that puts ticketing, hyper-granular real time train information and live interactive customer service in one place." 

Additionally, Ridership numbers on New York City Transit and the Long Island Rail Road were also high. Subway ridership reached 3.61 million on Sept. 13, the second highest number since the pandemic began in New York in March 2020. Buses carried approximately 1.42 million riders on the same day. LIRR carried 200,200 riders or 69 percent of pre-pandemic ridership, its second-highest ridership of the pandemic and second only to the record set on Wednesday, Sept. 7, of 204,000. 

The MTA continues to encourage ridership with fare discounts rolled out earlier this year. Both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North rolled out fare offerings including a 10 percent discount for monthly passes, and a new 20-trip ticket tailored for the hybrid work schedule. The new 20-trip ticket saves riders 20 percent on regular peak one-way fares. For commuter rail riders traveling within the five boroughs the MTA also expanded City Ticket, which offers a reduced, flat fare of $5.00 for rail travel within New York City on weekends, to include all weekday off-peak trains. 



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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:40 AM
Masks No Longer Required on Subways,
Buses and Commuter Railroads
Masks Now Optional Across Transportation Network 
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the mask requirement on public transit is being lifted.
Following guidance from New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett,
effective immediately masks are optional on all forms of public transportation, including subways,
buses, commuter railroad, paratransit services, and in stations. Free masks will continue to be
available at subway station booths upon request as well as on commuter railroad trains. 
To eliminate confusion for riders, the Authority is rolling out a new campaign throughout stations
and on subways, buses, and commuter railroad trains. Digital signage will encourage riders who
prefer wearing a mask to continue to do so, while also ensuring awareness that it is now optional for all. 
“Since the beginning of the pandemic the MTA has been guided by the health experts,” said MTA 
Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “With revised guidance from the New York State Department of
Health, which was the basis for the mask requirement on public transit, now is the right time for New
Yorkers to make personal choices about what works best for them.” 
“Mask usage remains a great defense against COVID-19 and will still be encouraged while riding,” 
said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren. “Customers who choose to continue wearing a mask
are free to do so, but now it is not required. Since the onset of the pandemic the MTA has distributed
over 56 million free masks to employees and customers and will continue to monitor CDC and New York
State Department of Health guidance.” 
“Customers should continue to do what they are most comfortable with while riding public transit whether
that means wearing a mask or not,” said MTA Acting Chief Customer Officer Shanifah Rieara.
“To inform customers of this change, we are rolling out a variety of updated signage, audio announcements,
and social media posts encouraging customers to do what they prefer. Free masks will continue to be
readily available throughout the system for those who need and still want to wear one.” 
Since the onset of the pandemic, the MTA has provided masks to employees and customers by
distributing 56 million free masks. The Authority launched “Safe Travels and Operation Respect
and the MTA Mask Force in June 2020, when volunteers and MTA leaders went to stations and
onboard subways, buses, and commuter railroads, distributing masks and educating riders on mask
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 12:31 AM

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 1:29 AM

NYC Transit Service Changes for Labor Day Weekend 2022 


Planned Subway Service Changes Across Multiple Lines

Three-Day Holiday Weekend Will Allow Critical Track

Maintenance and Repairs to be Completed

View Map of Labor Day Weekend Service Changes Here

View Video: Why Does Construction Happen on 3-Day Weekends

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit today

announced subway service details for the upcoming Labor Day holiday

weekend while crews use the weekend to perform critical track maintenance

and repairs. The planned service changes will begin Friday, Sept. 2. Some

of the service changes are expected to last through Tuesday morning, Sept. 6,

while other service changes will happen only on Saturday and Sunday.

During the Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, the subway will

run on a regular weekend schedule. On Labor Day, the subway will run on a

Sunday schedule. That means there will be no service on the bw and z 

trains; no express 6 or 7 trains; and no expressf trains in Brooklyn.

For more details on how service will be affected across all modes of transit, 

customers are encouraged to visit the MTA's Planned Work tool to search for

changes by subway, bus, or rail line. The MTA will soon help customers plan

their weekends better with a weekly newsletter to be sent every Friday and

covering planned weekend service changes on the subways, Long Island 

Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. Customers can sign up for the newsletter 


New York City Transit uses three-day weekends to work on infrastructure

projects and upgrades such as accessibility, track maintenance, cable repair,

switch replacement and so much more at stations. Maintaining a state of

good repair on tracks, signals, replacing worn-out parts and upgrading the

system’s infrastructure are critical in making sure trains run reliably.

These service changes are subject to change, so customers are encouraged

to check the MTA homepage before heading out; it's where customers will

find up-to-the-minute information on subway, bus, and rail service. 

Subway Service Changes

3 Train: Manhattan and Brooklyn

3 train service will be suspended from Harlem-148 St in Manhattan

to New Lots Av station in Brooklyn to make accessibility improvements.

The service suspensions will begin on Friday, Sept. 2 at 11:30 p.m. and

will last until Monday, Sept. 5 at 5:00 a.m. 

  • 2 trains make 3 train stops between Franklin Av-Medgar Evers
  • College and 135 St
  • 2 trains will run via the 3 train tracks to/from Harlem-148 St, skipping 
  • 145 St in both directions
  • For service to 145 St, take the M7 or M102 during the day/evening
  • hours, and free shuttle bus service will be provided
  • Customers can also transfer between 2 trains and buses at 135 St
  • In Brooklyn, 4 trains will make 3 train stops between Atlantic Av-
  • Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av
  • Customers can also transfer between 2 and 4 at Atlantic Av-
  • Barclays Ctr or Franklin Av-Medgar Evers College
Learn more about changes to 3 service in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

2 Train: Bronx

2 train service will be suspended between 3 Av-149 St in the Bronx and 

135 St in Manhattan. The service suspensions begin on Friday, Sept. 2 at

11:45 p.m. and will last until Monday, Sept. 5 at 5:00 a.m. These service

changes are necessary to conduct ongoing ADA accessibility work at the 

149 St-Grand Concourse station. 

  • Shuttle buses will be provided between 3 Av-149 St and 149 St-Grand
  • Concourse
  • Shuttle buses will be provided as well between 149 St-Grand Concourse 
  • and 135 St
Learn more about changes to 2 service in the Bronx and Manhattan 

5 Train: Bronx

5 train service in the Bronx will be suspended between E 180 St and 149

St-Grand Concourse.  The service suspensions begin on Saturday, Sept. 3

from 5:45 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 7:45 a.m to

11:15 p.m.  These service changes are necessary to conduct ongoing ADA

accessibility upgrades at the 149 St-Grand Concourse station.

  • 5 trains will be running split service from Bowling Green in Manhattan \
  • to 149 St-Grand Concourse in the Bronx and between E 180 St and
  • Eastchester-Dyre Av in the Bronx
  • For service between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St, take the 2 instead
  • For service between 3 Av-149 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse,
  • free shuttle buses will be provided for customers
Learn more about changes to 5 service in the Bronx 

234 West Indian Day Parade Service 

  • 234 service to and from Brooklyn will run normal on Labor Day,
  • Monday, Sept. 5 
  • Note: There will be some station entrance closures along 
  • Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn during the West Indian Day Parade 

ac Train: Manhattan and Brooklyn

Brooklyn-bound a service will run local in Manhattan from 125 St to 

W 4 St-Washington Sq.  The service change begins on Friday, Sept. 2

at 10:00 p.m. and will last until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.  These service

changes are part of necessary track repairs and maintenance between 

Fulton St and High St within the a line tunnel.   

Additional ac service changes:

  • Brooklyn-bound ac will run via the f line from W 4 St-
  • Washington Sq in Manhattan to Jay St-Metro Tech in Brooklyn 
  • starting on Friday, Sept. 2 at 9:45 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 6 at
  • 5:00 a.m.

Learn more about changes to ac service in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

d Train: Manhattan

Brooklyn-bound d service will run local in Manhattan from 145 St to 

59 St-Columbus Circle. The service changes will begin on Friday,

Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. and will last until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for switch maintenance.

ef Train: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

e service will run via the f line between Roosevelt Av in Queens and 

W 4 St-Washington Sq in Manhattan.  The service changes begin on

Friday Sept. 2 at 9:45 p.m. and will last until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday,

Sept. 6. e trains will provide normal service in Manhattan from 

4 St-Washington Sq to World Trade Center

In addition, Coney Island-bound f service runs express from 18 Av to 

Kings Hwy to modernize signals along the Culver Line. The express

service will begin on Friday, Sept. 2 at 9:45 p.m. and will last until Sunday,

Sept. 4 at 6:00 p.m. The service changes are due to critical repairs, track

maintenance, signal removals, and Communications-Based Train Control

(CBTC) upgrades. 

Additional efservice changes:

  • f service from Ditmas Av to Jamaica-179 St will be local both
  • Queens-bound and Brooklyn-bound
  • Jamaica-bound ef service runs local from Roosevelt Av to 
  • Forest Hills-71 Av. The service changes will begin on Friday,
  • \Sept. 2 at 9:45 p.m. and will last until Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 a.m. 
  • These service changes are for Maintenance of Way switch
  • replacements just north ofForest Hills-71 Av stations between the two express tracks 
Learn more about ef service changes in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens

j Train: Brooklyn and Queens

j service will be suspended between Crescent St and Jamaica Center-

Parsons/Archer. The service changes begin Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:45 a.m.

and will last until 10:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5 due to ongoing electrical

repairs, track panel replacement, and fiberoptic cable tray installation.

  • Free shuttle buses will be provided for customers for those stations between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Crescent St 
  • Customers can also use the e for alternative service
  • Customers can transfer between j trains and shuttle buses at 
  • Crescent St
  • For Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-
  • Parsons/Archer, take the e
Learn more about j service changes in Brooklyn and Queens

r Train: Manhattan and Brooklyn

Bay Ridge-bound r trains will run express in Brooklyn from Atlantic Av-

Barclays Ctr to 59 St. The service changes begin Friday, Sept. 2 at 10:45 p.m.

and will last until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The service changes are part

of ongoing asbestos abatement and cable work on both the local and

express tracks between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 36 St.   

  • Manhattan-bound r service will be local from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr 
  • to Forest Hills-71 Av 
  • For service to local stations in Brooklyn between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr 
  • and 59 St in the Bay Ridge-bound direction, take the r to 36 St or 59 St and transfer to a local Manhattan-bound n or r
Learn more about r service changes in Manhattan and Brooklyn

W 4 St – Washington Sq acdef
 Station Changes

During the Labor Day holiday weekend, there will be several track changes to accommodate necessary maintenance and repair work on the acdef 

trains. The following platform changes will begin on Friday, Sept. 2 at 9:45 p.m.

and will end on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 a.m. 

  • At W 4 St-Washington Sq def trains will all be on the lower-level \
  • tracks. e trains will run via their normal route in Manhattan between W 4 St and World Trade Center
  • Brooklyn-bound ac trains will be on the upper-level tracks and are
  • running local on 8th Ave. in Manhattan from 59 St-Columbus Circle 
  • to W 4 St-Washington Sq
  • Brooklyn-bound ac trains are running via the f line from W 4 St in
  • Manhattan to Jay St-MetroTech in Brooklyn
  • Signage will be placed throughout the station to notify customers of
  • these service and location changes at the station

Access-A-Ride (AAR) Paratransit 

AAR customers may make reservations 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to

\5:00 p.m. by calling AAR at (877) 337-2017 or (718) 393-4999 and pressing

prompt #2, online at, or via the MYmta app.

The AAR Command Center operates 24/7 to assist customers on the day of

trip, such as confirming a reservation or ascertaining a vehicle’s estimated

\time of arrival. Customers should call (877) 337-2017 or (718) 393-4999

and press prompt #5.

Service Information Available

MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone

app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services all in one place. – The “Service Status” box at is always the

definitive source for the latest status for each line. For a map of all the

upcoming service changes this weekend, clickhere.
Live Subway Map – The Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of

trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlights accessible

stations, and much more.
Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign

up to receive alerts, tailored by specific branch and time of day, by visiting
Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MTA, @NYCTSubway, and @NYCTBus

for service updates and customer service support.
WhatsApp – Customers can chat with New York City Transit via WhatsApp.

Riders can receive customer service support in their native language through

the help of Google Translate.
For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available \

by dialing 511. Connecticut customers should call 877-690-5114. Those who \

are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the

free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.    



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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, August 25, 2022 1:01 AM

From Metro North:




2:54 AM (6 hours ago)
Buses replace trains on the Wassaic Branch from September 12 through November 20, 2022 while we perform trackwork.

Regular service will operate between Grand Central Terminal and Southeast.  
The detailed bus schedule is being finalized and will be available soon. 
We appreciate your patience while we complete these crucial upgrades.
But Southeast - Wassaic  is  not a branch.  It's the northern part of the New York & Harlem that did go all the way to Chatham and connection with the Boston & Albany - and at one time the Rutland.


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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, August 21, 2022 1:09 AM
PPP agreement to fund universal wireless connectivity on New York Subway
USA: Wi-fi and mobile phone connectivity is to be rolled out across the entire New York Subway network over the next 10 years, following the signing of a public-private partnership agreement offering benefits valued at more than $1bn.


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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, August 18, 2022 2:27 AM
August 17, 2022

MTA Launches New One-Stop Rail App Combining LIRR and Metro-North Trip Planning and Ticket Purchasing


TrainTime App Combines Most-Used Transit Agency Apps in Country

Developed Completely In-House, the New TrainTime Features Seat Availability Tracker, Real-Time Train Movement and In-App Customer Support

New App Will Ease Transfers Between Metro-North and LIRR When Grand Central Madison Opens This Year

View High Resolution App Screenshots and Photos from Today’s News Conference  

View Video from Today’s News Conference

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today launched a totally revamped app – named TrainTime – the new one-stop app for commuter rail customers in the region. The app replaces MTA eTix and adds the functionality of previously separate TrainTime apps for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, merging ticket purchasing, trip planning, real-time train location data.

Access your tickets purchased in eTix using your existing account information — or create a new account using your Apple ID, Google account, or a text message.

Making the app easier and more inviting to use, TrainTime users can log in using their Apple ID, Google account, or a text message, and purchase tickets using Apple Pay. Thesenew features complement features that are already popular with MTA app users, including a seat availability tracking and in-app chat with customer service.

Nearly 50,000 people had downloaded the new app within the first 15 hours of its launch.

“For years the top request from customers has been to include a mobile ticketing option within TrainTime. We have delivered on that ask, while also providing great features,”said Metro-North President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “Everything from seat availability tracking, reliable train-tracking and in-app support are all at a riders’ fingertips. I cannot thank our in-house development team enough for delivering on a project that riders from New Haven to Montauk can equally benefit from.”

“If we want more customers to return to the rails, the customer experience needs to be as frictionless as possible,” said Acting MTA Chief Customer Officer Shanifah Rieara. “The new TrainTime accomplishes just that, placing every travel tool a rider needs into one app, regardless of which railroad they are riding. And the debut could not be timelier with LIRR and Metro-North also sharing Grand Central as a terminal in the very near future.”

“TrainTime has a few MTA firsts along with becoming the largest transit agency app in the country: the long-awaited inclusion of ticket purchases, seamless login options and a real-time train movement map,” said MTA Head of Special Projects Will Fisher. “There are no passwords to remember, no card info to enter, and if a rider needs assistance, they can get help within the app. The consolidation also gives us flexibility for cross-rail trips once Grand Central Madison opens.”

Starting today, railroad customers can enjoy the following features:

Mobile Tickets on TrainTime

TrainTime is the first MTA app where ticket purchasing and trip planning live on the same app. Previously customers would have to use two apps to plan their trip—TrainTime to trip plan, and MTA eTix to purchase tickets.

Now, a customer can search for their train and purchase their ticket in seconds. When looking up their train, a “Buy” ticket button will appear on the screen. From there, a customer can log in using Apple, Google or their phone number and purchase their ticket. Once a ticket is purchased, customers will see the button show "Activate" as their departure time approaches, or “Wallet” if their trip is in the future.

Previous eTix users should use their existing account information to access tickets they have already purchased.

Real-Time Train Movement and Seat Availability Tracking

A core feature of the revamped app is the real-time train tracking map. In preparation for the app’s rollout, GPS sensors were installed on the entire LIRR and Metro-North fleet. When looking up a train a customer can get the exact position of their train in real-time. Once a customer gets on the train, they can continue to track their movement.

The real-time train tracking is complemented by the popular seat availability tracker that the LIRR initially debuted in 2020. A customer can check the exact position of their train while on the train, while also knowing their exact car number and monitor that car’s capacity.

In-App Customer Service

In addition to the many social channels, customers can already go to for assistance, TrainTime meets riders where they are, providing in-app chat with customer service representatives for both railroads for the first time. Users can "Chat with us" on the "Status" tab.

Cross-Rail Trip Planning

The debut of TrainTime allows for a future feature of cross-rail trips when Grand Central Madison opens later this year.

A customer that will travel from Long Island to Metro-North region, and vice versa, will be able to plan their full trip and purchase their ticket without having to use multiple apps.



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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 4:52 AM
June 28, 2022

REMINDER: MTA to Begin Final Phase of Critical Track Replacement Work in Queens This Friday


Replacement and Installation of Almost 2.5 Miles of Track at End of j and z Subway Lines Begins Friday Night, July 1 

24/7 Closure on the j and z Lines Between 121 St and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer 

Normal e Line Service at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today issued a reminder that crews will begin the final segment of a multi-phase project, replacing approximately 2.4 miles of track on the j and z lines between the 121 St and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations in Queens. The first part, completed in December 2020, involved the reconstruction of the e track between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and replaced 6,300 feet of track, 800 feet more than was originally planned in 10 weeks. The work on the j and z lines will replace 12,500 feet of track and third rail, about twice the length of track replaced for the E track reconstruction work, all within the same timeframe of 10 weeks. This work will begin Friday, July 1 at 9:45 p.m. and continue through September 2022. 

The reminder follows additional customer and community outreach in recent weeks following the initial announcement on June 3. The start date and service changes have been communicated to customers, elected officials, and other community members. 

The complete replacement of the 40-year-old-track, with a successfully proven updated design to increase durability, will lead to improved quality of service. It will require full access to the tracks and therefore a temporary suspension of all j and z train service at the Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations. 

During this time, the MTA will provide free substitute shuttle bus service between the 121 St j station and the Jamaica-Van Wyck e station. MetroCards will be cross honored at Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations between Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica, and eastern Queens. The Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations have multiple connecting bus lines and are served by the e line. 

“Track replacement work in this area of Queens will bring us closer to our goal – delivering New Yorkers the modern subway system that they deserve,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we make the upgrades necessary to improve the reliability and speed of jz service.” 

“Improving the customer experience is the north star,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “The fastest and most effective way to complete this project requires 24/7 access to the tracks. This short-term service change will provide more reliable service for years to come.” 

“Track replacement work creates a temporary inconvenience for a lasting purpose: improved quality service,” said State Senator Leroy Comrie. “As the MTA undertakes the final phase of this initiative, let’s keep in mind the long-term benefits to transit users and share the transport alternatives during the replacement work with our families, friends, and neighbors.” 

“With Southeast Queens being a transportation desert, I am pleased to see the progress being made by the MTA on this project to ensure our community has upgraded rail lines. This would enable the MTA to provide reliable and efficient service to our community,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. 

“These upgrades ensure most of Southeast Queens's most vital subway lines are modernized for the next generation," said NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers. "The Lower Archer Direct Fixation Track project will reconstruct portions of our city's aging infrastructure to replace 12,500 feet of the jz, and e subway tracks to reinforce their durability. The culmination of these projects offers Southeast Queens residents reliable, accessible and safe access to New York City's larger transit network.” 

This replacement of direct fixation track requires a full temporary suspension of service to accommodate the work. Unlike conventional tracks, which are most common in the subway and easier to replace in shorter time periods during low ridership, direct fixation track requires the concrete roadbed to be entirely reconstructed. This project will replace 12,500 feet of direct fixation track, with the exception of 3,000 feet, which would be replaced in kind. Once this final phase of track replacement is complete, the total amount of track replaced in this area of Queens will be 18,800 feet, about 3.6 miles. 

Detailed Service Information 

Beginning Friday, July 1, the following service changes will be in effect: 

  • j trains will run between 121 St in Queens and Broad St in Manhattan only 
  • No jz service from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer 
  • jz skip-stop service suspended 
  • z trains will be signed as j trains and make all stops between 121 St and Myrtle Av 

On weekdays, j trains will run express in peak direction between Myrtle Av and Marcy Av, towards Manhattan in the morning and towards Queens in the afternoon. 

For ADA accessible options, passengers at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer can take the e train to reach accessible stations in Manhattan. To reach accessible j and m stations at Flushing Av and Marcy Av, connect to j or m trains via the e and 6 lines at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall/Chambers St, via the e and ac lines at Fulton St, or via the e line at Queens Plaza. 

Additionally, customers needing accessible options can take the Long Island Rail Road from Jamaica Station to Atlantic Terminal, with connections to the 2345bdnqr subway lines, to reach accessible stations in Manhattan, or the Q54 to Middle Village-Metropolitan Av (m) or Marcy Av (jm).   
Customers may wish to consider the alternative service options: 

  • Free shuttle buses will run between the 121 St j station and the Jamaica-Van Wyck e station 
  • e subway service will continue to be available at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av-JFK Airport 

Alternative connections to the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport: 

  • Take the e line to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av–JFK Airport 
  • Take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Jamaica Station 
  • Take the a train to Howard Beach – JFK Airport 

LIRR will cross-honor MetroCards between Atlantic Terminal and eastern Queens at the following LIRR stations: 

  • Atlantic Terminal (ADA accessible) 
  • Nostrand Av (ADA accessible) 
  • East New York 
  • Jamaica Station, with connection to the JFK AirTrain (ADA accessible) 
  • Hollis 
  • Queens Village (ADA accessible) 
  • St. Albans 
  • Locust Manor 
  • Laurelton 
  • Rosedale (ADA accessible) 

Please be advised MetroCards will not be cross honored for travel at Penn Station, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills or Woodside LIRR stations. 

Information on service changes and other trip planning resources are available on the project’s webpage at Reconstructing the Archer Av J/Z track (, which is updated as necessary. In addition to digital signage in stations and announcements on trains ahead of the scheduled work, customer service notifications are posted on the MTA website, under Planned Service Changes. Customers can also sign up for text and email alerts at

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, June 27, 2022 4:19 PM
Metro-North Railroad to Expand Service Starting July 10
Hudson Line Will Have Two New P.M. Peak Trains
New A.M. Reverse-Peak Express Train to Come to the Harlem Line
New Haven Line Will Have Additional Service, Including Four New Trains Between Harrison and Grand Central
MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi today announced that new train schedules that will take effect Sunday, July 10, will add additional trains systemwide. The schedules include four new New Haven Line local trains between Harrison and Grand Central, two new evening peak trains on the Hudson Line, a new morning reverse-peak express train on the Harlem Line, and enhancements that will speed other trains.
“As more riders return to the system, more trains return as well,” Rinaldi said. “Metro-North is adding trains at key times which allows the railroad to make other trains faster. These changes make service more convenient and a more attractive option.”
Details follow.
New Haven Line: 
·  In the evening, the 5:12 p.m. and 6:19 p.m. trains making all local stops from Harrison to Grand Central have been restored to provide additional service options from Westchester County stations to the Bronx and Manhattan.
·  The 8:59 a.m. and 9:24 a.m. trans from Stamford that made all local stops to Grand Central will become limited-stop local trains, reducing their trip time by 7-8 minutes. Two local trains are added between Harrison and Grand Central, with a transfer at Harrison between the limited-stop trains and the local trains.
·  Additional service between New Haven and Grand Central, and on the Waterbury Branch.
Hudson Line:
Hudson Line customers will see two new peak trains in the evening, designed to fill an existing gap in limited-stop service in the Lower Hudson zone, as well as an additional stop at Yankees-E 153rd St station on a northbound rush-hour train. On weekends, six half-hourly trains between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie are suspended until late September to provide track-access time for crucial infrastructure work in the Bronx between Yankees-E 153rd St and Spuyten Duyvil; Grand Central-Poughkeepsie service will continue to operate hourly all day. 
·  The 7:28 p.m. and 8:32 p.m. trains from Grand Central that made all local stops to Croton-Harmon will become limited-stop local trains, reducing their trip time by 6-8 minutes. Two local trains are added between Grand Central and Greystone, with a transfer at Yonkers between the local stations and the limited-stop trains. 
·  The 5:20 p.m. train from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon adds a stop at Yankees-E 153rd St at 5:34 p.m. to provide improved service to riders leaving the borough-government and commercial area near the station.
·  Six weekend half-hourly trains between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie are suspended until the end of September to provide track-access time for crucial infrastructure work in the Bronx between Yankees-E 153rd St and Spuyten Duyvil stations. Metro-North continues to provide hourly service all day on weekends between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie. 
Harlem Line:
·  A new morning reverse-peak express train operates from Grand Central to North White Plains, departing Grand Central at 7:08 a.m., stopping at Harlem/125th Street, White Plains and North White Plains.
Numerous trains on all three lines have minor scheduling adjustments to accommodate Way Ahead – Moving Forward infrastructure projects and the additional train frequencies. Customers should check the TrainTime app or the MTA website for specific times at their stations.
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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 16, 2022 3:50 AM


Weekend ridership is recovering quicker than weekday.  Elsewhere as well?


MTA Commuter Railroads Set Pandemic-Era Ridership Records on Tuesday, June 14


Metro-North and LIRR Combine to Carry Over 365,000 Customers on Tuesday 

Records Follow Strong Weekend When LIRR Became First Agency to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Ridership and Metro-North Carried 99% of Pre-Pandemic Ridership on Saturday, June 11 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad set pandemic-era ridership records on Tuesday, June 14. The LIRR carried 191,197 riders, or 66% of pre-pandemic ridership, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 187,800 set on June 10. Metro-North carried 174,340 riders on Tuesday, 67% of pre-pandemic ridership, surpassing its previous record of 163,900 set on May 24. 

The weekday record follows a strong weekend for both commuter railroads. On Saturday June 11, the day of the Belmont Stakes, the LIRR became the first MTA public transportation agency to surpass its baseline pre-pandemic levels. That day, the railroad carried approximately 117,900 riders, 105% of its pre-pandemic baseline. Metro-North enjoyed similar success, carrying approximately 95,100 riders, about 99% of its pre-pandemic baseline. Since the Breakneck Ridge station reopened on May 28, Metro-North has carried 90% of its pre-pandemic ridership on back-to-back weekends. 

“We’re thrilled to see our weekday riders continue to return in record numbers. This shows that while leisure travel has been very strong throughout the pandemic, the market for office commutation is regaining strength as well,” said Metro-North President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “With fare discounts, City Ticket expansion, and great weather, the LIRR and Metro-North anticipate setting more records in the near future.” 

The MTA continues to encourage riders to return to the rails with fare discounts. On March 1, both LIRR and Metro-North rolled out fare offerings including a 10 percent discount for monthly passes, a new 20-trip ticket that saves 20% on regular peak one-way fares, and City Ticket, which offers a reduced, flat fare of $5.00 for rail travel within New York City on weekends, was extended to include all weekday off-peak trains.



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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 1:09 AM

"For Pete's Sake" they are doing better than Amtrak or the airlines.  And should full service be restored as long as ridership is noticeably below normal?

But here is  part of the answer:

June 06, 2022

Graduation Day for New Group of Train Operators 


Class Accelerates Front Line Workforce Regrowth Following Pandemic-Induced Hiring Freeze   

New Train Operators Join Hundreds of Bus Operators, Train Operators and Conductors Who Completed Training in 2021 and 2022 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that 10 new subway train operators graduated following their successful completion of training at the New York City Transit Learning Center in Brooklyn.     

These operators will help New York City Transit tackle crew shortages and bolster the frequency of subway service. This marked the end of months of intensive training for operators that began in November 2021. The graduation took place as New York City Transit Subway ridership hovers between 50% and 60% of pre-pandemic levels.    

“This class of train operators highlights the MTA’s focus on hiring and training improvements to achieve pre-pandemic staffing levels.” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “I am proud to welcome the newest group of New York City Transit train operators; together we will provide faster and more reliable service for our customers.” 

“Riders coming back to the system deserve reliable service, and these operators will help address the staffing challenges we’ve experienced,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow. “Since the early days of the pandemic, train operators have been part of the group that kept the city moving, and I am excited to see this new group help bring the city back.” 

The new employees join the hundreds of bus and train operators and conductors who recently completed their training — part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly grow the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors. A hiring freeze, necessitated by a fiscal crisis that developed during the pandemic, depleted the ranks of train operators with many veteran workers retiring or leaving their frontline posts. 

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:56 AM

For Pete's sake, how long is it going to take to "restore service"? The pandemic is over and has been for some time!

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 2, 2022 8:23 AM

But a good friend commented:


I’d rather take Train #916 (0712 White Plains) which arrives in GCT at 0745 than the 0705 Bx4Mc which arrives at the NY Public Library stop (closest to GCT) at 0824


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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:35 AM

So now Yonkers and White Plains commuters ca "ditch" Metro North and rise free busses?


Westchester joins Rockland County in offering free buses. Rockland has allowed free rides after suspending fare at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic


Bee-Line's free rides are also valid on the Bee-Line ParaTransit system, as well as the BxM4C express bus into Manhattan. The BxM4C has stops in White Plains, Greenburgh and Yonkers before going down the Major Deegan Expressway into New York City. However, riders must pay to transfer onto New York City buses and trains. 


The Bee-Line serves over 27 million passengers annually as New York state’s second largest public bus fleet. There are over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes. 


For more information about the free rides program, call 914-813-7777 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This story was updated with more information.


Eduardo Cuevas covers diversity, equity and inclusion in Westchester and Rockland counties. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @eduardomcuevas.




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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, May 27, 2022 7:19 AM

Starting Saturday, May 28, 2022, Metro-North is restoring weekend and holiday service to/from Breakneck Ridge. There will be six northbound trains in the morning and five southbound trains in the evening stopping at the station. Thank you for your patience while we made safety enhancements. Happy (hiking) trails to you!

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, May 6, 2022 7:32 AM


5 May, 2022
MTA Announces Reopening of Clark Street 2/3 Station Following Conclusion of Elevator Replacement Work
Station Reopened on Schedule Following the Installation of Three State-of-the-Art Elevators

MTA Construction & Development Accelerated Replacement of All Three Elevators

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the Clark Street 23 subway station in Brooklyn Heights reopened for service on Wednesday, May 4, following the replacement of all three elevators serving the station with new, state-of-the-art elevators. The closure lasted from Wednesday, November 3 through Wednesday, May 4. By replacing all three elevators at the same time, the duration of the project was dramatically accelerated, avoiding two years of service unpredictability. 

Because Clark Street is a deep cavern station accessible only by elevator, subway service bypassed the station for the duration of the project. The closure lasted 183 days, and work was completed on schedule. 

These elevator replacements were the latest milestones in the MTA’s ongoing plan to bolster elevator reliability at subway stations throughout the transit system as part of the Authority’s historic 2020-2024 Capital Plan. 

“I am thrilled that we were able to reopen the Clark Street station on schedule - and within budget - to deliver Brooklyn Heights customers modern and reliable elevators for years to come,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “This project shows how the MTA is?making good on the commitment to deliver construction projects faster, better, and cheaper.” 

“Enhanced elevator service at Clark Street is a big step forward in bringing a reliable transit system to our riders,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “We are excited to welcome our riders back to this station.” 

“Replacing century-old elevators with new, state-of-the-art elevators under a dramatically compressed schedule to minimize impacts to riders and the surrounding community is a monumental achievement,” said MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “By replacing all three elevators at once, we were able to accelerate these enhancements for customers, delivering a critical modernization project and bringing reliable service back to Clark Street in the shortest possible time.” 

The elevators had been in service for more than 100 years and reached the end of their useful lives. In 2000, the station was bypassed for five months to replace controllers and cabs and repair three motors, but this most recent work constituted the first full replacement of the Clark Street elevator systems in over a century. 

NYC Transit originally presented the community with alternatives that would have led to repair work lasting 22 to 24 months and would have attempted to maintain train service during construction work. Under these scenarios, technicians would have worked on one elevator at a time, leaving two elevators in service. But because two elevators are needed to safely maintain train service to this deep cavern station that lacks stairway access, crews would have had to suddenly and unpredictably suspend train service whenever one of the two remaining elevators was taken out of service.


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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, April 29, 2022 4:45 AM


68 Bus Operators Complete Training at Zerega Bus Depot 
Class Is Part of a Push to Rebuild Front Line Workforce in Aftermath of Pandemic-Induced Hiring Freeze
Bus Operators, Train Operators and Conductors Expected to Reach Pre-Pandemic Staffing Levels Second Quarter of 2022

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the graduation of 68 bus operators following their successful completion of training at the Zerega Training Center in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. The latest class of bus operators exemplifies New York City Transit’s (NYCT) commitment to strengthen its workforce while also reinforcing frequency of bus service. This commencement marked the formal end of a rigorous six weeks of intensive training which began on March 13, 2022. 

The graduation comes as New York City Transit Bus and MTA Bus Company combined ridership continues to improve up to pre-pandemic levels with bus ridership soaring above one million riders on multiple days during the month of April. Bus performance also continues to improve this year, with service delivery reaching above 96% for the month of March and average above 93%, so far, this calendar year. The new influx of bus operators is happening as MTA Bus continues to see wait assessment times and other key indicators showing improvements from the previous month. 

In addition to the release of the newly developed Queens Bus Network Redesign’s New Draft Plan last month and a celebration of Earth Day with the showcasing of one of our all-electric articulated buses at the New York International Auto Show, the MTA is committed to enhancing bus networks in every borough while maintaining ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

“We are so proud of the newest class of New York City Transit bus operators and welcome the new drivers to our extraordinary team,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “This latest graduating class symbolizes our aggressive hiring and training efforts in making more buses available to customers, shortening wait times and providing more service each day.”

“I am excited and proud to welcome our newest New York City Transit bus operators,”said MTA Bus Company Acting President and New York City Transit Department of Buses Senior Vice President Frank Annicaro. “Whether its providing critical service in times of crisis to the rollout of our zero-emission fleet there is no more of a better time to join this incredible workforce.”

The new employees join 739 bus operators who recently completed their training, and the hundreds of NYCT workers who are expected to be onboarded in the months ahead, part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly grow the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors. A hiring freeze, necessitated by a fiscal crisis that developed during the pandemic, depleted the ranks of bus operators with many veteran workers retiring or leaving their frontline posts. 

The new graduating class of bus operators will officially begin behind the wheel on April 29. 

The MTA operates more than 5,800 buses that run across 329 routes, carries 16% of the nation’s bus riders, and represents the largest municipal fleet in the nation. In 2019, New York City buses carried more passengers than Los Angeles Metro, Chicago CTA, and San Francisco SFMTA combined.






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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:37 AM

ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces Q70 Bus to LaGuardia Airport Will Be Free for all Riders Beginning May 1

 Expansion Would Extend Fare-Free Q70 Service to be Year-Round
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that she is directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to extend the Q70 LaGuardia link bus service fee waiver from selected holiday weeks to the full year. The LaGuardia Link connects subway customers from the 74 Street-Broadway/Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue subway station with the airport in just 10 minutes. It also connects Long Island Rail Roadcustomers from Woodside Station, at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue, where Q70 bus service begins. 
"While we continue working to create a world-class transit option that's worthy of a whole new LaGuardia Airport, we're taking action right now to make it easier to get to the airport by making the Q70 bus service free for all riders starting May 1," Governor Hochul said. "This not only adds cash back into riders' wallets, it serves as an attractive, cost efficient, and greener option to travel to LaGuardia while we work on longer-term solutions."
Previously, the LaGuardia Link was offered as a free service on select weekends and holidays to assist in alleviating roadway congestion and incentivize travelers to use public transportation instead. The MTA will be working with the Port Authority to maximize the effectiveness of the year-round program.


The Q70 runs 24 hours a day and has special luggage racks for people traveling to and from the airport. It runs approximately every 10 minutes during daytime hours and provides a direct non-stop trip to LaGuardia Terminals B, C, and D from the 74 Street-Broadway/Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue subway station which serves the efmr, & 7 subway lines.  All LIRR branches provide service options to Woodside Station, where customers can transfer to the LaGuardia Link Q70.


MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, "The Governor's support for the MTA and our customers is truly appreciated. She recognizes the importance of public transit and what that means to New Yorkers. We saw that reflected in her appearance today at the Board meeting and announcement of a fare-free connection to LaGuardia via the Q70 bus."
Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Rick Cotton said, "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey welcomes Governor Hochul's decision to make the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus to LaGuardia Airport free on a full-time basis for the foreseeable future. Since 2016, the Port Authority has partnered with the MTA for free fare days on the Q70 during periods of peak travel. Meanwhile, the Port Authority is working expeditiously to complete the Governor's request for a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport, which is focused on 14 alternatives that were presented to the public last month."


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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 4:10 AM


MTA Announces Creation of Blue-Ribbon Panel to Combat Fare Evasion
“Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Reduce Fare Evasion Across Subways, Buses, Commuter Rails and Bridge and Tunnel Crossings  
Farebox and Toll Revenue Accounts for 50% of MTA’s Operating Budget; Fare Evasion Projected to Cost the Authority $500 Million This Year 
At a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair and CEO Janno Lieber announced the creation of a blue-ribbon panel that will develop fresh approaches to reducing fare evasion across the entire MTA system of subways, buses, commuter rails, bridges and tunnels. Members of the “Fareness” panel will focus on innovative approaches to encourage fare payment through education, equity, and enforcement. The panel will also look at how technological, design, and personnel solutions can help limit fare evasion. 
Farebox and toll revenue account for 50% of the MTA’s operating budget. In recent years, fare evasion has nearly tripled on the subway from about 3% to more than 12%. On buses, approximately 1 out of every 3 bus riders evades the fare. Fare evasion on bridge and tunnel crossings has also become an issue with an increase in fake and obscured license plates designed to evade tolling cameras. 
“Our New York sense of fairness and community is violated when rule-abiding, honest folks – people who tap or swipe because they know it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s a stretch economically – see others dodging the fare,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “What hardworking, fare paying New Yorkers tell us, in a word, is that seeing fare evasion makes them feel like suckers. Fare evasion is a problem we need to solve together. That’s why I am convening a panel of distinguished New Yorkers to take a deep dive into the issue. The goal is to hit the reset button on how we approach fare evasion at the MTA and across government.” 
The panel will review approaches that can combat fare evasion with a focus on three key areas: education, equity, and enforcement. 
To better spread the word that paying the fare is the right thing to do, the panel will look at creative ways to communicate that message to customers of all ages. Communication across all platforms will be discussed to address fare evasion, which has become an increasing problem among a diverse array of customers across the socioeconomic spectrum. 
The panel will explore how the MTA can work with City partners to expand access to the MTA system for low-income New Yorkers so that no one is denied connections to jobs and educational opportunities due to an inability to pay. One approach will be to take a fresh look at the City’s Fair Fares program, which provides MetroCards discounted at 50% of the regular fare to New Yorkers living below the poverty line.  
Only 200,000 of the 800,000 New Yorkers who qualify for Fair Fares take advantage of the program. Working with the City, the MTA will push for more New Yorkers to enroll in Fair Fares by making it more inclusive and easier to access. 
A law enforcement presence in the transit system keeps customers safe and deters fare evasion. Critics of past approaches to fare evasion enforcement have raised serious questions about equity and racial justice. The panel will look at those questions and recommend fresh solutions that respond to them – considering, for example, greater use of civil penalties; possible increased reliance on civilian MTA staff to do fare compliance checks; and reserving criminal law enforcement for the most serious cases of recidivism or of evasion linked to violent crime. 
The panel’s efforts will include partnering with the five district attorneys’ offices to seek a uniform five-borough approach to what will and won’t be charged and under what circumstances. 
Announced Today “Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panelists 
·David Banks, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education 
·Matthew Fishbein, Former Executive Assistant District Attorney, Kings County; former partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; former Chief of Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York and former First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York 
·Michael Hardy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Action Network 
·David Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society; MTA Board Member 
·Roger Maldonado, Partner, Smith Gambrell LLP; former president, New York City Bar Association 
·Melva Miller, CEO, Association for a Better New York 
·Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, COO, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research, NYU  
·Kate Slevin, Executive Vice President, Regional Plan Association  
·Michael Sonberg, Retired Judge, New York City Criminal Court and Retired Acting Justice, New York Supreme Court; former President, International Association of LGBTQ Judges 
·Natalia Quintero, Senior VP of Innovation, Partnership for the City of New York and Founding Director of Transit Innovation Lab 
·Zachary Tumin, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives 
·Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation 
Additional members of the panel may be added at a later date.


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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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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:41 AM
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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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 at 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, 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. 
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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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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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

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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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March 16, 2022

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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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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