Metro North Lax In Monitoring Overtime Paid For With Federal Stimulus Funds


ALBANY, NY -- Separate audits of Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) found they failed to properly manage overtime paid by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), allowing abuses such as allowing some conductors to charge overtime for tasks such as washing up for work, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today.

AUDIO: Metro-North Announcement "All Metro-North trains are being indefinitely delayed in both directions"


Due to signal programs all Metro-North trains are being indefinitely delayed in both directions...

Metro North Announcement (.mp3)

Metro-North Hopes to Offer Digital Tickets Via Smartphone by 2014


NEW YORK, NY -- The digital revolution has reduced Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers' reliance on paper timetables. And now it may do the same for paper tickets.

MTA Provides Service Details for Labor Day Weekend


MTA railroads will provide extra service on Friday, August 31, to help customers get a head start on the long holiday weekend. All MTA services will operate on reduced schedules on Labor Day. Details are below.

Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Friday, August 31, for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day Weekend. For more information, please see the LIRR press release and Metro-North press release. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

New York City Subways and Buses

MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Because of the J'Ouvert and West Indian-American Day Parades in Brooklyn on Labor Day, 4 trains will make local stops in Brooklyn, certain subway entrances in the parade area may be affected and buses in the area will be rerouted.

Staten Island Railway

MNR Press Release: Special Getaway Schedule Planned for the Friday Before Labor Day Weekend


On Friday, August 31, Metro-North will have early afternoon "getaway" trains leaving Grand Central for people who want to get a jump on the last long weekend of the summer.

The railroad will operate 18 extra getaway trains between noon and 4 p.m. for people leaving work early on Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this early rush hour, several regularly scheduled late PM peak trains will not operate. The extra trains are as follows:

Hudson Line

1:46 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

2:40 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

3:25 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

4:05 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

Harlem Line

1:45 p.m. express to Southeast

3:14 p.m. super-express to White Plains and North White Plains only

3:37 p.m. express to Southeast

4:08 p.m. express to Southeast

New Haven Line

12:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

1:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

1:59 p.m. express to Stamford then all stops to South Norwalk.

2:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

2:28 p.m. stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.

Local Officials and Candidates Respond to MTA Tax Ruling


New York State Supreme Court Judge Bruce Cozzens Jr. of Nassau County ruled that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter Tax was unconstitutional on the grounds that the law is "a special law, which does not serve substantial state interest".

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino Released the Following Statement

“This is good news for Westchester County and its municipalities. The MTA payroll tax is essentially an unfunded mandate from Albany. In this case, we were allowed to challenge it. We did. And now we’ve won an important victory with the court’s decision that this unfair burden on taxpayers was unconstitutional.”

George Latimer Released the Following Statement

MTA Electronic Security Program Delayed Two More Years


MTAThe Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pushed back the completion date for its electronic security program by another two years
until 2014, putting the program nearly six years behind its original scheduled completion date, according to a progress report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

In February 2012, the MTA completed all of the projects planned under Phase 1 of the capital security program, begun in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the notable exception of the electronic security program. This program has encountered numerous setbacks and is now expected to be completed in June 2014 at a cost of $516 million, nearly double original estimates. The MTA has completed two of the 16 construction projects slated for Phase 2 of the program, but it intends to defer six projects due to lack of funding.

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