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To Albany, and none too soon.

January
12

The MTA Board is heading to Albany for help, and you can be sure the members won’t be flying in private jets.

They’ll be going by rail, of course, and they’re making sure we know about it.

In my column today, I pointed out that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget hearings start on Wednesday, and still there is no movement to put in place the rescue measures recommended by the Ravitch Commission. Time is of the essence. The MTA wants to set its rate increase in March.

Well, today we get notice that Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
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Alerts galore

January
9

It’s hasn’t been a good day for the MTA or its customers so far today.

You may have heard of the track fire that’s stopped Metro-North trains from going into or out of Grand Central Terminal. (If you haven’t, check out the Lohud site here and see the update in the list on the right.)

But check this out. If you go Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
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Henry Hudson Bridge work

December
15

If you take the Henry Hudson Bridge into Manhattan, get ready for a new, but temporary traffic pattern starting Wednesday morning.

Workers will begin making the switch 9 p.m. Tuesday and it should be done for the morning rush.

Take special note of these instructions: Cash customers going Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
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Second “talking” kiosk introduced at Penn Station

December
9

People with visual impairments should have an easier time getting around Pennsylvania Station with the help of a new “talking” kiosk, which was unveiled today.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and MTA Long Island Rail Road paid for the kiosk, the second permanent one in the Manhattan station. It is located on the Long Island Rail Road concourse.

According to the agencies, the kiosk will help visually impaired and other customers navigate the concourses, passageways and platforms of Penn Station. It features “a touch-activated, tactile map of the station, vivid visual displays for the partially sighted, and a voice designed for phonetic clarity. As a customer touches different parts of the map, the kiosk describes the corresponding location and gives directions of how to get there,” according to a press release.

The new version cost $23,000, or less than half the cost of a previous model removed earlier this year.

“The installation of this kiosk is just one of the many ways we are making transit more accessible to our disabled customers,” Elliot Sander, executive director and CEO of the MTA, said in a statement. “And while it is designed with visually impaired customers in mind, this kiosk is useful for anybody who is unfamiliar with Penn Station.”

The kiosk is located in the Long Island Rail Road’s main concourse, between the entrances to Tracks 14 and 15. To help visually impaired customers find the kiosk, the device emits the song of the lark sparrow, a bird species found by audiologists to have a unique set of phonetic properties that make it most effective at assisting in directional wayfinding, according to the MTA press release.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
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Faster toll collection sought

July
30

Imagine crossing the Henry Hudson or Throgs Neck bridge without slowing down to slip through one of the slots in the toll plaza.That’s what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has in mind.

You can tell the idea will take some time to put in place, because the MTA’s approach Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 10:31 am |
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Free rides end for MTA board, families

June
25

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted today to give up their free rides on the buses and subways and across the agency’s bridges.Give props to The Daily News for exposing the perk a few weeks back, raising the eyebrows of state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The state’s official watchdog said  Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
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Bar Car Prices Going Up

May
1

A Budweiser, Miller or O’Douls will cost $2.50, a mixed drink will cost $6.50 with a top-shelf liquor like Absolut vodka, and a quarter less with “house” liquor.

Those are some of the new prices, starting Thursday, May 8, on the carts at Grand Central Terminal and on the New Haven Line bar cars. The new prices were approved this week by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Here’s what you’ll pay for a drink or snack from one of the carts or on the red line:

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Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
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Suburban Riders Have Been Surveyed

May
1

I got my answer from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The agency conducted a survey of transit riders from Metro-North territory (that’s us here in the Lower Hudson Valley) recently, to be combined with the results of a new survey being mailed to 170,000 New York City residents about their riding habits. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 10:54 am |
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How do you travel?

April
30

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent out a release today announcing a survey the agency will conduct of how people in New York City travel.

But what about the suburbs? The idea is to match services with travel patterns — to make the trains and buses go Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
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MTA head to speak

February
4

Elliot “Lee” Sander, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — the parent agency of the Metro-North Railroad — will talk in Poughkeepsie on Thursday about the transportation system in the Hudson Valley helps address the region’s needs.
He’ll be the main speaker at the annual President’s Day Breakfast of Pattern for Progress, a not-for-profit regional planning, advocacy and research group.
Pattern for Progress’ 2008 work plan will also be presented.
The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. For information, contact Pattern for Progress at 845-565-4900 or rdegroat@pfprogress.org.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, February 4th, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
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Alcohol ban on Metro-North on New Year’s Eve

December
28

For the New Year’s Eve holiday, there will be temporary ban of the consumption or possession of alcohol, including closed containers, on board Metro-North Railroad trains and stations, the  Metropolitan Transportation Authority said today.

The ban will be in effect from Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

“Hundreds of thousands of people from the 15 counties served by MTA railroads will be riding with us on New Year’s Eve,� Elliot Sander, the MTA’s executive director and CEO, said in a statement.  “We want to make sure everyone arrives home safely.�

As always, consumption of alcohol or possession of unopened alcohol containers is prohibited on board New York City subways and buses and in stations.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, December 28th, 2007 at 3:33 pm |
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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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