NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Detective Liliana Sanchez, Police Officer Nicholas Trikedes and Police Officer Mike Young of the New Rochelle Police Department, along with local school children, helped AAA New York to launch its 67th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the New Rochelle police headquarters.
Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young will be mounting colorful “School’s Open” posters in New Rochelle to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.
“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.
Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law.
The Club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies. Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Due to the ongoing North Avenue Construction Project, motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from entering the Transit Center Garage and Train Station from North Avenue beginning Monday, September 10, 2012. It is anticipated that this access prohibition will last for 1 month.
The following detour routes will be in effect:
· Patrons traveling from the south should use Memorial Highway and then take Division Street to Station Plaza North;
· Patrons traveling from the north should use Lockwood Avenue or Lincoln Avenue to Memorial Highway then take Division Street to Station Plaza North.
Drawings showing the detour routes to the Transit Center Garage and Train Station will be available on the City website www.newrochelleny.com/northaveconstruction
Detour signs will be posted along the detour routes.Read more
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.
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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:
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
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.Read more
Changes on 8 routes including expanded service to Ridge Hill, Stew Leonard and Central Park Ave
Service changes for eight Bee-Line Bus System routes will become effective the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The most significant change will be on Route 78, which will continue to provide service daily connecting Yonkers to Stew Leonard Drive and Ridge Hill. The route will be extended to operate along Tuckahoe Road to Central Park Avenue. This route extension will allow transfers between Route 78 and Route 20/21, which operates along Central Park Avenue between the Bronx and White Plains.
Also on that route, late- night service hours will be extended until 11:40 p.m., and Route 78 will no longer operate as a Limited-Stop Service, but will begin serving all Bee-Line bus stops along the route.
The other changes on bus service are the following:
· Route 12: On Saturdays, there will be minor schedule adjustments before 5 p.m. in both directions.
· Route 13: Seasonal service to Playland will be discontinued.
The Romita Auditorium at Iona College's Ryan Library was largely empty last Thursday for a community meeting organized by Governor Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge team. Former News 12 anchor Brian Conybeare now Special Advisor to the Governor for the New Tappan Zee Bridge emceed the event. Robert Conway, Senior Vice President of AKRF Enviornmental Planning and Engineering Consultants joined Conybeare on the panel.
The slide presentation can be viewed here.Read more
STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THOMAS J. MADISON
“The Comptroller issued a report today on the Thruway Authority. The Comptroller, and his audits over the years, have actually contributed to past problems at the Thruway Authority by failing to report years of fiscal gimmicks and deferred expenses.
“This spring we conducted an independent financial review by a highly credible firm which found $800 million in risky financial borrowing that needed to be repaid immediately. We will continue to do everything possible to control costs, and already anticipate cutting as much as $400 million in expenses.
“On the other hand, the Thruway must also be able to keep the system safe and reliable for our patrons by repairing roads and clearing snow and ice. No one wants dangerous conditions on the roads.Read more
ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Thruway Authority should explore all other options to increase revenue and cut costs before going ahead with a 45 percent average toll increase on some commercial vehicles that could impact the state’s economic recovery, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said today.
DiNapoli released an analysis showing the Thruway Authority has increased operating costs by 36 percent over the past ten years, but revenues have not kept pace. Debt service payments have nearly doubled to $181.9 million over the same time frame, necessitating increased revenue, while the authority has failed to publicly prioritize its capital projects. DiNapoli also called for an independent review of the Canal System to identify savings and alternative revenue sources, and create a plan to make it a more viable part of the upstate New York economy.Read more