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MetroCards on sale in various communities.

June
24

To ride the Bee-Line bus or New York City’s subways and buses, it pays to have The Card. That’s MetroCard. And you can buy them at the MetroCard van that makes rounds through Westchester. Here’s Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am |
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NYC subways are dirtier, but it depends on the line

June
21

The Straphangers Campaign, a watchdog group, says half of all New York City subway cars were dirty according to a survey they took last fall, down from 57 percent a year earlier.

But the conditions differ from line to line, according to the report, called “subway shmutz.” Among the lines convenient to commuters who take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, the 6 train, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am |
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New Haven Line runs saved by Connecticut

June
17

Three daily New Haven Line runs that were set to be eliminated have been saved by Connecticut, which pitched in $200,000 to keep them running.

Metro-North Railroad plans on eliminating trains across the system as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s cost-saving Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
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Transit bill would bring $345 million to region

May
25

New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill today that would bring $345 million to transit in the New York City region, helping to restore services that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cut, Schumer’s office said.

That sum would be the New Jersey-New York City-Connecticut region’s share of some $2 billion that would Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
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Second Avenue Subway: Drilling starts at last

May
19

When it comes to New York City lore, the Second Avenue Subway sounds a little bit like alligators in the sewer.

Get it? See, the subterranean urban reptiles are just a myth. And so, it may have seemed, was the east side subway line.

Until now.

A few days ago, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a tunnel-boring machine that will Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
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MTA finds another $18.5 million in savings.

April
13

Another $18.5 million down, still more than $300 million to go.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken another slice out of its latest deficit, $378 million, by renegotiating contracts with the companies that transport the disabled and sell them rail, bus tires and other goods.

The transit giant’s Chief Operating Officer Charles Monheim announced the savings today in the MTA’s Manhattan headquarters.

That $18.5 million, by the way, is just Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
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MTA Chief talks about proposed cuts

March
1

The home page of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority includes a short video of MTA Chief Executive Jay Walder talking about the transit giant’s financial woes. (The agency is $750 million in the hole.)

He doesn’t give many specifics, but he shows where you can find a lot Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
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MTA Chief “Very Concerned” About More State Cuts

January
20

There’s a lot of pain all around in Gov. David Paterson’s $134 billon state budget plan released Tuesday. Some of it will fall on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would get $104 million less than had been expected.

Jay Walder, the MTA chairman and chief executive, reacted to the budget with a statement Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
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Real-Time Train Info on MTA’s New Web Site

January
13

On the new MTA Web site, unveiled today, you can check some Metro-North stations to see whether the next few trains are on time or late.

A trip planning corner allows you to map your route from one place to another. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
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Meeting on impact of MTA taxes takes place tonight

September
21

 

The Rockland JCC will host a a free information meeting about a law that imposes a new payroll tax, among other fees, to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation?Authority. “What Will the New MTA Taxes Cost You?” will take place at 7:15 p.m., Sept. 21, at the JCC, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. State Senator Thomas Morahan, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski , Jr., are expected to explain the law and its implications, as well as their opposition to the legislation.?In May, the state Legislature approved the payroll, or mobility, tax to raise nearly $2.3 billion for the MTA in its 12 member counties, which avoided steep fare and toll hikes for MTA services. It compels employers to pay 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. Drivers in the MTA?region also will pay a special surcharge of $50 for a two-year vehicle registration and a $16 driver license surcharge.  The meeting is coordinated by WBL, which describes itself as an informally organized group of local businesspeople who have been meeting since 1991 to discuss topics of interest to them and their businesses.

The Rockland JCC tonight will host a a free information meeting about a law that imposes a new payroll tax, among other fees, to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation?Authority.

The Rockland JCC tonight will host a a free information meeting about a law that imposes a new payroll tax, among other fees, to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“What Will the New MTA Taxes Cost You?”  takes place at 7:15 p.m. at the JCC, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack.

State Senator Thomas Morahan, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski , Jr., are expected to explain the law and its implications, as well as their opposition to the legislation.

In May, the state Legislature approved the payroll, or mobility, tax to raise nearly $2.3 billion for the MTA in its 12 member counties, which avoided steep fare and toll hikes for MTA services. It compels employers to pay 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. Drivers in the MTA?region also will pay a special surcharge of $50 for a two-year vehicle registration and a $16 driver license surcharge.

The meeting is coordinated by WBL, which describes itself as an informally organized group of local businesspeople who have been meeting since 1991 to discuss topics of interest to them and their businesses.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 7:52 am |
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King of Pop subway stop?

August
24

A New York City councilwoman wants a plaque honoring Michael Jackson placed at the Brooklyn subway stop where the King of Pop made the music video for “Bad,” the Associated Press reports. Perhaps Jackson’s name could even be added to the the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, she says.

But don’t hold out Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 9:41 am |
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With $39 million, Tarrytown station is ready for its makeover

August
17

Gov. David Paterson swept into Tarrytown today to announce that the village train station would get $39 million in stimulus funds. That’s for new platforms, heated shelters, overhead covered walkways with benches and so on.

The governor gathered with a bunch of local Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am |
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Happy 70th, Whitestone Bridge

April
29

Seventy years ago today, cars began crossing the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.

At the opening ceremony, on April 29, 1939, Robert Moses proclaimed it “The finest suspension bridge of them all.” That was a bold claim, considering, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 11:00 am |
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Grand Central: Still a darling, if no longer incandescent

April
28

The incandescent bulb is gone from Grand Central Terminal.

Opened in 1913, the station was designed to show off how many bulbs it used — a point of pride when electricity was a novelty, but not the greatest attribute now that conservation is the goal.

So today, electricians Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 11:52 am |
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AAA New York: Hold MTA to the fire

March
16

Seems AAA New York doesn’t like rescue plan that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking from Albany.

The group sent out its opinion today with Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 10:05 am |
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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


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