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Chuckie’s in New Ro

March
16

It’s Monday, and what better way to start off the week with a press appearance by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer? The New York Democrat is due at the New Rochelle train station in less than an hour to talk about the increased federal tax break for people who use mass transportation.

Riders can now claim $230 a month in expenses, up from $120.

Schumer pushed for the change as a way of encouraging more people to use mass transportation.

I’ll be at the press event, at the Metro-North Railroad station just off North Avenue, and I’ll report back later today.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 10:14 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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You can now take the train to Atlantic City directly from NYC

February
6

Today is the first day of service for the Atlantic City Express Service, which offers, for the first time, a direct ride between Manhattan and the gamblers paradise in New Jersey.

ACES, as the service is known, will provide a rail option on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Penn Station and the casinos. The train runs along the NJ Transit rail lines and takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Three casinos — Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Borgata — invested $19.5 million to buy and remodel the trains. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority kicked in another $4.5 million to pay for the operation of the trains, which NJ Transit has been contracted to do. Amtrak will handle the ticketing.

The service is obviously geared to New York City residents, but those of us in LoHudland could conceivably take a NJ Transit train to Newark and hop aboard ACES there.

Of course, many people opt to drive. Another popular, lower-cost option is to take a bus.

ACES will include two four-car multi-level train sets with leather seating, a choice of first-class or coach class service, and food and beverages. There will be a free shuttle service from the Atlantic City Terminal station to Harrah’s, Caesars and Borgata. Return service will be provided only for passengers with tickets.

Introductory ticket prices start at $39 for one-way coach seat and a one-way first class seat for $25 more. Lounge rental will begin at an additional cost of $200.

The ACES train will make nine round trips throughout the weekend, offering 300 seats on each train.

To view train schedules or reserve tickets, visit www.acestrain.com.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
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New Haven Line riders none too happy

January
15

Our transit buddies over in Connecticut — those who ride Metro-North’s New Haven Line — are not very happy with the service, if you ask the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.

The group just put out it’s annual report, complaining about crowding, rude Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
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Remember: MTA fare hearing tomorrow

January
13

If you’ve got something to say about the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare increases — and I imagine quite a few of you do — tomorrow is the first big chance to tell the transit giant’s leaders about it.

The first of eight hearings will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. If you’re going, look Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
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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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That infamous Green Lane track crossing

January
9

That Green Lane track crossing in Bedford — the site of another car-train accident on New Year’s Eve — is somewhat like Westchester’s version of the Bermuda Triangle.

It’s not just that it’s had more than its share of accidents. It’s that they seem Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 2:13 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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Extra trains added for holiday weekend

November
26

Here’s the latest on Metro-North Railroad’s service for west of the Hudson:

For people leaving the office early today, there will be a 2:51 p.m. “getaway” departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley on NJ Transit’s Pascack Valley line. To accommodate this train, the 5:55 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley will not operate.

On the Port Jervis Line, there is an early getaway train departing Hoboken at 2:43 p.m., making stops from Suffern to Port Jervis. To accommodate this train, the 6:08 train from Hoboken will not operate. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 at 10:08 am |
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Commuter tax coming back?

November
18

Lately, do you the sense that New York City isn’t going to stop until it gets more money out of suburban residents who work there?

First it was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan, which died in the state Legislature. Now it’s a new look at a commuter tax. For years, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
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Latimer wants to hear from red line riders

August
4

If you ride Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, state Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, wants to hear what you think of the service.

He’s distributing his annual survey at local stations.

With the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing two — count ’em, two — fare hikes Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
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Feet off the seats, please

July
28

The latest edition of Mileposts, the Metro-North Railroad newsletter for its customers, brings this etiquette tip: Keep your shoes on, and, the really important part — “keep your feet off the seats when traveling on our trains.”

There are some things you’d hope people wouldn’t have to be told. But I remember Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
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Metro-North on-time performance

July
28

For those keeping score, Metro-North Railroad trains were on time 98.2 percent of the time in May, the latest month for which the railroad announced figures.

On time, however, doesn’t mean on the dot. The railroad considers a train on time if Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
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Permut talks with Metro-North staff

July
16

Howard Permut, the new president of Metro-North Railroad, said his first day on the job went pretty smoothly. No surprises, nothing out of the ordinary.

Of course, the Ossining resident has been an administrator with the railroad Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
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Permut’s first day at Metro-North helm

July
16

With Howard Permut all the best. This is the Ossining resident’s first official day as president of Metro-North Railroad.

Permut, who was the railroad’s senior vice president, takes over for Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 11:44 am |
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