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New York City Area Service Restorations
Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, September 4, 2021 2:53 PM
 
Metro-North Railroad Announces Restoration of Service on the Danbury and New Canaan Lines Planned for Saturday
Limited Hudson Line Service Targeted for Early Next Week 
150 Track Workers and Inspectors Converged on Areas Impacted by Storm 
Harlem and New Haven Lines Resumed Service Friday; Full Service Expected on Those Lines for Tuesday Morning Rush 
Customers Encouraged to Check mta.info Before Traveling 
Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi announced today the return to service on several MNR lines following the massive storm that severely impacted Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties earlier this week. 
·Harlem Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush. 
·New Haven Line: Resumed service Friday; full service expected for Tuesday morning rush.  
·Danbury Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·New Canaan Line: Service is expected to be restored tomorrow. 
·Hudson Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Wassaic Line: Crews are working toward establishing limited service early next week. 
·Waterbury Line: Substitute bus service associated with ongoing infrastructure work will resume. 
·Pascack Valley Line: Resumed limited service. 
·Port Jervis Line: Resumed service Friday. 
Crews continue to work to clear flooding and mudslide conditions and remove downed trees and debris. Crews were able to clear more than 10 inches of water at two critical substations that allowed Metro-North to run electric service Friday morning.  
“We've got excellent employees working to restore service as quickly as possible following unprecedented rainfall throughout the region,” said Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi. “I cannot thank our crew members enough for the heroic work they have been doing to get the region moving again. Part of our priorities as an organization is to be prepared for climate change and to make the necessary steps to harden our infrastructure.” 
Metro-North will cross-honor tickets between the Hudson and Harlem Lines and waiving the surcharge for on-board fares.  
Since conditions can change, and customers should check MTA.info or use the MYmta.app or Metro-North's TrainTime app prior to traveling.  
 
 
 
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For this weekend, Saturday - Sunday, Sept. 4-5, Metro-North will operate normal weekend service on the Harlem and New Haven Lines after crews made significant repairs to track infrastructure.

Weekend service will operate on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 6, on the Harlem and New Haven
lines, and New Canaan and Danbury branches.

We're working hard to bring back limited service on the Hudson Line early next week as crews
continue to assess and repair extensive damage from washouts, downed trees and other debris
caused by heavy rainfall.


To view the train schedule, please use new.mta.info.   

In addition:

Wassaic Branch service remains suspended.

On the Waterbury Branch, substitute busing will be in effect and will run according to the
existing weekend busing schedule. To view the schedule, visit
https://new.mta.info/article/waterbury-branch-substitute-busing-extended-through-september-2021

For Yankees Train to the Game service, please utilize the hourly shuttle service between
Grand Central Terminal, Harlem - E. 125th Street, and Yankees-E. 153rd Street.

The North End entrance of Grand Central Terminal is open.

Metro-North will be cross-honoring tickets between the Hudson and Harlem Lines '
'and waiving the surcharge for on-board fares. While crews continue to make repairs,
customers may encounter delays of between 10 and 20 minutes.
 
Pascack Valley Line rail service has resumed with limited service:
Trains #1627, #1635, and #1647 will operate today, 9/3.
 
Normal weekend service will operate.


   
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 5, 2021 2:46 AM
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 5, 2021 5:17 AM

New Jersey Transit:

 

Wassaic Branch customers

 


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

 

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

 

For schedule information, please visit https://new.mta.info/.

 

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

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:40 PM

Customers, with severe rain fall and flash flooding forecasted for our territory later this evening, and the anticipated infrastructure impacts, Metro-North will be suspending service after the following trains:

Inbound from Poughkeepsie; the 9:48 pm express connecting at Croton-Harmon at 10:54 pm and arriving at GCT at 12:07 am. 

Outbound from Grand Central Terminal: the 12:20 am local to Croton-Harmon; and the 12:43 am express to Poughkeepsie. 

Please plan your travel accordingly and use extreme caution while navigating the system.  

Continue to check https://new.mta.info/ for the latest service updates, download Metro-North TrainTime, follow us on Twitter @MetroNorth, or Facebook, or call 511 to use the interactive system; or to speak with a Customer Service Specialist, dial 646-252-1701.

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

New York City Transit Announces Restorations of All Subway Lines for Morning Commute Tuesday, Sept. 7

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

 

 
Hudson Line customers,

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

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

Hudson Line Weekdays

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

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

For schedule information, please see our updated print timetable at 
https://new.mta.info/document/51926 or visit new.mta.info.

Hudson Line Weekends:

Regular weekend service will be in effect on the weekends of Sept. 11-12 and 18-19, as published in the Aug. 29 schedule change, see 
https://new.mta.info/document/48701 

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

For connecting services information, including Hudson Rail Link and the Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon ferries, see 
http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/connectingservice.htm 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I cannot emphasize enough the Herculean effort put forth by our crews in the two weeks since the storm ravaged our entire territory, especially the Hudson Line,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “It is because of their efforts that that we are now able to resume pre-Ida service levels beginning on Monday. I cannot thank everyone involved enough for their dedication and diligence.” 

Metro-North was able to restore service on the Hudson Line on Tuesday, Sept. 7, just days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed record-setting rains in the region and damaged infrastructure along the line. Service since then has operated every half hour, with some trains operating hourly. 

Following initial post-storm inspections and clearance of trees, vegetation and debris from the tracks, MTA crew members and contractors restored slopes and ballast that had been washed out by floodwaters at multiple locations throughout the Hudson Line, and installed more than 600 cubic yards of heavy stone fill to stabilize areas surrounding tracks for safe operation. Much of the work has been at Greystone, where waters cascaded down from Warburton Avenue creating a mudslide onto the tracks, and at Dobbs Ferry, where damage to a culvert has removed two tracks from service until permanent repairs can be made. 

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

 
 
 
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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, September 17, 2021 9:42 PM

Years ago they removed 3rd rail from segments of one of the inside tracks of this 4 track line, since dual mode engines run thru.  Hopefully the 2 tracks back in service had 3rd rail, or are the commuter trains having to use dual mode?

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, October 1, 2021 6:34 AM
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MTA Launches MTA AWAY Program for Deals, Packages and Destinations to Inspire Regional Travel

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

MTAaway.com Gives MTA Customers Inspiration for Car-Free Daytrips

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

Visit MTAaway.com Here  

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

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

Customers using the system will notice MTA AWAY digital advertisements playing in stations. The ads feature QR codes that link to deal and daytrip details. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 4, 2021 10:43 PM

 

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

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 3:29 AM

October 11, 2021

ICYMI: Safety Improvements at Breakneck Ridge Station Begin

Preparation for Station Reopening and Fjord Trail Construction

FISHKILL, NY (Dutchess County)—The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, MTA Metro-North Railroad, NYS Department of Transportation, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that work will commence October 12, 2021 on safety improvements to the Breakneck Ridge Station. Once complete, Metro-North will be able to reopen the station as a weekend stop on the Hudson Line. This is an interim step towards the comprehensive redesign of the Route 9D corridor north of Breakneck known as the Breakneck Connector. That segment will mark the first mile of the planned 7.5-mile Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail linear park when it goes to construction next year.

Some initial site preparation has already taken place in the area between the train tracks and Route 9D. Metro-North removed overgrowth to ready the area for necessary measures including an off-road trail that will connect passengers to the southbound platform, a safety fence separating pedestrians from the railroad tracks, and temporary wayfinding signage. The station safety improvements are slated for completion before year’s end. The project is being funded by Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail and MTA funds secured by State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef of District 95 for Metro-North.

“Safety is at the core of everything we do,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of MTA Metro-North Railroad. “Our Breakneck Ridge station is the gateway to one of the most popular and iconic hiking destinations in the region. As Metro-North ridership continues to recover, especially weekend ridership, I am thrilled that Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is moving ahead with these safety improvements and that we will soon be able to reopen a safer and more inviting station for our returning customers.”

“The fencing Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail will install is the first step in implementing the larger Breakneck Connector project. Safety has always been one of our core aims and securing the tracks from pedestrians in this busy hiking destination is a major step forward,” said Amy Kacala, Executive Director of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail.

The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is envisioned as a world-class linear park, spanning 7.5 miles along the Hudson River connecting the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Construction of the first segment of the Fjord Trail will commence in 2022. Metro-North, NYS DOT, and NYS Parks are among the many partners working together to make the Fjord Trail a reality, including local municipalities, governmental agencies, community groups, and regional conservation organizations, such as project lead Scenic Hudson. The Metro-North Hudson Line includes three stations where visitors will be able to access the Fjord Trail directly: Cold Spring, Beacon, and, once reopened, the Breakneck Ridge station.

“This next step in improving the safety of the Route 9D corridor and the hiking experience in the Hudson Highlands is due to the collaboration of many partners. We thank everyone for the thoughtfulness of the approach to the entire system. It’s an exciting time to be in the Highlands,” said Linda Cooper, Taconic Regional Director for New York State Parks.

This summer, as part of safety improvements at Hudson Highlands State Park, Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail and State Parks partnered to create the new Nimham Trail on Breakneck Ridge. The half-mile connector trail allows for a safer alternative path to start the ascent to the Breakneck summit, and eliminates two-way hiker traffic at the narrow, steep beginning of that trail
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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:49 PM
Subway Ridership Tops 3.2 Million Mark on October 14 for First Time Since Pandemic

 

Service Delivery Improves to 92%

 

Subways, Buses and Commuter Rails Combine to Surpass 5 Million Daily Riders

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new pandemic-era subway ridership record of 3,236,904 customers on Thursday, October 14, surpassing the previous high set on October 7 by nearly 50,000 riders. Staten Island Railway also set a record, carrying 7,367 customers for a combined total of 3,244,271. Overall, the subway system has carried more than 3 million customers eight times in October so far. 

The Governor also announced that service delivery on the New York City Subway, the percentage of scheduled trains that are provided during peak hours, measured along the busiest part of the line, improved to 92 percent in October with daily delays down by more than 13 percent, leading to another new pandemic-era ridership record on Thursday, October 14. 

"Record-breaking transit ridership sends the signal that New York's comeback is only growing stronger," Governor Hochul said. "Bus, subway and commuter rail systems are the backbone of our economy as people return to the workplace, and we will continue working with the MTA to keep this promising momentum going." 

Bus ridership continues a healthy recovery, carrying more than 1.4 million riders nine times this month. New York City Transit as a whole has carried over 4 million riders on nine days in October. 

In addition to the encouraging totals on subways and buses, both commuter railroads continue to show signs of a strong recovery. Metro-North weekday ridership has consistently hovered around 122,000 on weekdays. The Long Island Rail Road has averaged 150,000 customers every weekday in October. The totals of NYCT Buses and Subways combined with the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad surpassed 5,000,000 riders on October 14. 

MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, "New Yorkers are voting with their feet to show they feel safe and comfortable using transit, and we're thrilled to welcome them back. Let the ridership records show that the MTA is officially back on track and ready to lead the region's revival." 

The recent ridership records come a few weeks after the Authority formally launched "Welcome Back New York," a robust public messaging campaign aimed at urging New Yorkers to return to the system. 

The MTA has undertaken unprecedented cleaning and disinfecting protocols in the year since the pandemic began to ensure that the system is as safe as possible for its customers. The Authority has also rolled out public education campaigns and issued millions of masks to its customers. 

Prior to the pandemic, average weekday ridership totals routinely exceeded 5.5 million in the subway system. That figure fell by 95 percent to a low of roughly 300,000 daily trips in April 2020 as the number of COVID-19 cases peaked in the New York City area. MTA employees continued to provide service for the frontline healthcare professionals and other essential workers who needed to get to work during some of the most difficult days in New York City history.



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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, October 22, 2021 3:51 AM

 

Red-Tailed Hawk Released After Five Months of Rehabilitation at Nearby Animal Care Facility 
Metro-North Railroad today celebrated the release of a red-tailed hawk that had been saved by a quick-thinking Metro-North locomotive engineer and pair of MTA police officers. On Thursday, Oct. 21 the hawk was released back into the wild at Brinckerhoff Nature Preserve in Redding, CT. 
“This story embodies the spirit of the Metro-North family,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “It is thanks to the immediate action of these three men that this hawk is alive and back in the wild. We hope this celebration shows our appreciation for their efforts.” 
“For me to watch this bird fly away today was incredible,” said Larry Allain, Metro-North Locomotive Engineer. “I was operating a passenger train full of people and, and I saw something large it almost looked like a chicken. So I slowly brought the train to a stop within probably a foot of it, and I got down and I knew that it was obviously something wasn't right. It was looking up at me but it wasn't moving. So I climbed back up, got on the radio with the Operations Control Center, and then MTA PD responded.” 
When we heard of this bird that had been hit by a train, we knew that we wanted to help,” said Christine Peyreigne, Founder of Christine’s Critters. “And I just want to say that it's thanks to Larry stopping the train that this bird was able to be rehabilitated. We can't do our job as rehabilitators if it weren't for kindhearted people that stopped their car or in this case, stopped the train.” 
On May 11, Larry Allain was operating a Danbury Branch train when he thought he spotted a large bird on the tracks. As Allain, a bird enthusiast himself, safely slowed the train, he realized the bird was a red-tailed hawk that was injured and apparently unable to fly off the tracks. Allain stopped the train inches from the injured hawk. Once off the train, Allain got down on his stomach and tapped his hands on the front of the train, attempting to get the hawk to move. The hawk eventually moved away from the tracks, but could not fly away. 
As Allain reboarded the train, he notified a rail traffic controller, at Metro-North's Operations Control Center, who contacted the MTAPD Stamford District office. Sgt. Anthony Ferrara and Officer Roman Somko responded and found the hawk lying on its side. Somko was able to safely remove the hawk from the track area and place the hawk in his vehicle. 
The officers contacted Stamford Animal Control (SAC) who took the hawk to the SAC facility. The hawk was then taken to South Wilton Veterinary Group for x-rays that revealed a fracture in the ulna of the hawk’s left wing. Doctors believed surgery would not be required and that the fracture would heal naturally. The hawk was then transferred to Christine’s Critters in Weston, CT to begin its rehabilitation on May 12. 
The hawk spent the past five months at Christine’s Critters healing and maturing. When the hawk was spotted by Allain it was still a juvenile. Since then, the hawk’s left wing has healed completely, its red tail has fully grown, and the now adult hawk has a good prognosis going forward. The bird took flight back into the wild, far away from any trains, the morning of Oct. 21.  
About Christine’s Critters 
Christine’s Critters, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) created in 2015 by Christine Peyreigne whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many injured birds of prey as they are able to handle. Christine’s Critters relies totally on donations and program fees to care for 23 permanent resident birds of prey, 30 reptiles, and the 250 or more birds that are admitted into rehab each year.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 10:35 PM
November 01, 2021
 

ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces Renewal of White Plains Metro-North Station

 

 $95 Million Project Was Completed On-Budget and Includes Station Renovations for Enhanced Accessibility and Safety Upgrades

Waiting Room Transformed with State-of-the-Art Improvements
 
Photos Available Here; Video from Today's MTA News Conference Available Here
  
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of the full-scale $95 million renewal of MTA Metro-North Railroad's station in downtown White Plains, which has transformed the station into a state-of-the art complex. The renovation began in 2018 as part of Metro-North's Station Improvement Initiative to bring a more customer friendly atmosphere for commuters.
 
The top-to-bottom station transformation included a refurbishment of the station's main entrance at the station plaza, the Main Street entrance, the Hamilton Avenue entrance, and the Mott Street tunnel. The station was remodeled to bring an updated, modern aesthetic to the station, including updated signage, glass entrances, wood soffits, a widened main lobby, improved lighting and upgraded HVAC system. The side and island platforms were extended to increase capacity as more commuters return to the system.
 
"Upgrading our transportation hubs to meet the demands of the 21st century is fueling the economic comeback that we need today and will help keep New York's economy competitive in the future," Governor Hochul said. "The renovated station in White Plains is a prime example of this commitment and with these enhancements now complete, commuters and visitors will have access to a safer, world-class travel experience."
 
"Mass transit is the backbone of our economy as people continue their return to the workplace, and large-scale projects to fortify our infrastructure will help New Yorkers return to the rails," said Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin. "Metro-North is a key connector for Westchester County residents to get to New York City, which is why upgrading key commuter rail hubs like White Plains will allow us to keep that economic recovery on track."
 
Janno Lieber, MTA Acting Chair and CEO, said, "The way to build up and maintain ridership is to transform stations that serve customer needs beyond catching the train. White Plains is the third largest Metro-North station that served thousands of commuters on an average pre-pandemic weekday. This project delivers a state-of-the-art transit complex worthy of the Westchester County civic and business center by providing amenities that give customers the ability to be productive on-the-go, further incentivizing them to return to mass transit."
 
Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad, said, "The White Plains renewal project is the everything the Way Ahead program is about, giving our customers the best possible experience while in the system, improving our infrastructure and increasing accessibility. White Plains is a major reverse commute destination, in addition to serving customers who commute into the city. I would like to thank the City of White Plains and Westchester County for being great partners in advancing this project, as well as the entire project team for a truly exceptional job delivering a modernized station that will serve Metro-North and our White Plains customers for years to come."
 
Crews installed a new elevator that is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The elevator leads from the main lobby to aside platform generally used for northbound arrivals.
 
Quemuel Arroyo, MTA Chief Accessibility Officer, said, "A central priority of this renovation was to enhance accessibility. For wheelchair users like myself, seniors with mobility disabilities, parents with children in strollers and so many others, it can be difficult to get around, but not at White Plains. This should serve as a model for all MTA stations as we strive for systemwide accessibility."
 
Rhonda Herman, Chair of the MTA Board's Metro-North Committee, said, "The White Plains station is an integral part of the Harlem Line, and to the White Plains community. It is vital that we reflect that importance with world class standards both from a service perspective and customer experience perspective, which this project accomplished. I applaud Metro-North for completing this project on time, as we welcome more riders back."
 
The project included construction of new staircases with an automatic system to melt snow and ice as it falls, helping to prevent slippery surfaces during the inclement weather. Crews also installed new platform canopies with wood ceilings,  and LED lighting to match the upgraded aesthetic of the main lobby.
 
The waiting room on the island platform was remodeled with expanded space, glass-enclosures with new interior station wall panels, wood ceiling and fixtures. The ticket office, restrooms and concession spaces were also remodeled to fit the station's new feel. Digital screens were installed in addition to better heating and cooling control so commuters can comfortably wait for their train.
 
Commuters looking to get work done on-the-go will also notice added amenities throughout the station such as Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity and USB chargers on benches. Digital screens were added on platforms as well to provide convenient access to train information. The digital signage complements newly installed ticket vending machines to make the station environment even more customer friendly.
 
The renovated station also includes new mosaic and laminated glass artwork by artist Barbara Takenaga featuring the artist's signature stylized abstract forms.
 
Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts & Design, said, "Barbara brings her dazzling, rhythmic forms to the rhythms of our daily commute, energizing us as we travel with her infinite lines that seem to propel us along our journey. Forte (Quarropas) and Blue Rails (White Plains), installed at Metro North's White Plains Station, with their deep blue and vibrant hues, has the potential to transport our routine of commuting into a unexpected cosmic journey."
 
White Plains station is the third largest Metro-North station, serving more than 12,000 commuters on a pre-pandemic weekday, trailing only Stamford and Grand Central Terminal. Similar to the Stamford station on the New Haven Line, the White Plains station is a hub station for Harlem Line commuters, providing express and local service. In addition to local and express connections, the station is also a hub for bus connections, with approximately 3,000 bus transfers per day in pre-pandemic times.
 
Representative Mondaire Jones said, "I'm thrilled that after three years of renovations, the White Plains train station is finally complete. As the busiest station in Westchester, the White Plains train station connects thousands of folks throughout New York's 17th Congressional District. With enhanced ADA accessibility, upgraded amenities like Wi-Fi and USB chargers, and more, this new station will improve the commutes and the lives of so many people. The renovations represent a much-needed step in the fight for safe and reliable transportation in Westchester County. Investments in our public transit are investments in our communities, and I'm committed to continuing to fight for the federal investments needed to ensure folks in my district and across the country have the transportation they deserve."
 
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "The completion of this project is great news for White Plains and Westchester County. Modern public transportation is a key to survival for cities. It's a huge benefit to residents and a selling point to corporations. More than 12,000 riders rely on this station each weekday, and with this infrastructure project completed, they're already having a better commuting experience. The station upgrades enhance accessibility, increase safety, and improve Wi-Fi access. The State Senate Majority continues to prioritize and invest in our State's infrastructure, and I thank the MTA for their work to greatly improve this most important station."
 
Senator Shelley B. Mayer said, "I am so pleased with the completion of the redesign and renovation of the White Plains train station.  It remains among the stations with the highest ridership in the Metro-North system, and its modernization will help draw riders back to the system as we rebuild the economy."
 
Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, "The completed renovation of the White Plains train station is welcome news for the thousands of residents who rely on Metro-North to get where they are going each week. The revitalized station ensures greater accessibility, improves customer experience and service, and enhances safety. The White Plains station is the busiest train station in Westchester and is critical to our County residents and economy. I will continue to advocate for investing in mass transit projects like this, which improve the daily lives of all who work and live in the City of White Plains and our region."
 
Assemblymember Chris Burdick said, "I am delighted that the substantial makeover of Metro North's White Plains Station has been completed.  As we emerge from the pandemic, commuters to this heavily utilized station will warmly welcome the safer, ADA compliant and more efficient environment full of superb amenities ranging from Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity to an expanded waiting area and improved vendor space. I wish to thank the MTA for delivering an excellent product and their tenacity in seeing it through."
 
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, "This station is a major hub for Westchester commuters and the work done here - in the midst of a pandemic - will positively impact the thousands who rely on it each day. Development centered around commuter friendly locations will be a major boon to our COVID-19 recovery prospects and I commend the leadership of the MTA for getting this massive undertaking done."
 
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, "Congratulations to Metro-North and President Catherine Rinaldi on the completion of this vital upgrade to the White Plains station, which is one of the busiest in the Metro-North system. Given the high level of activity at the station, I have long believed it deserving of an upgrade. This became even more apparent as the City began the work of redeveloping the area immediately adjacent to the station. That work continues and will no doubt be enhanced by the investment made by Metro-North. It is a recognition of the importance of the White Plains station as a hub in the Metro-North system and a recognition of the interconnectedness of the station and the economic vitality of our city."

The project was part of Metro-North's Station Improvement Initiative, funded by the MTA's 2015-2019 and 2020-2024 Capital Programs, and in concert with Metro-North's Way Ahead plan to enhance customer experience. The objective of this Station Improvement Initiative is to transform and elevate the overall customer experience by bringing world-class standards, with a focus on improving public perception through the introduction of new technology and design innovation.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:31 PM

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

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, November 18, 2021 11:19 AM

 

Brookville repurposing NYCT passenger cars to pump train specialty vehicles for emergency use in underground subway system

 

Nov. 16, 2021

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:23 PM

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

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:19 AM
 

Metro-North, CTDOT Bring Positive Train Control, Signal System and Passing Sidings to Waterbury Branch

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

Project Completed in Collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation Eliminates Final Manual Signal System on Railroad 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History of the Waterbury Branch 

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

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

 
   
 
 



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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, December 26, 2021 1:46 PM

MTA Delivers 3,947 Pounds of Employee Food Donations 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  

See Photos of Today’s Deliveries  

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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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, January 21, 2022 7:57 AM
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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