Metro-North Thanksgiving 2014 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2014 service plan for the Metro-North:

Metro-North Railroad is providing special service and extra trains throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Give thanks that you can take the train and avoid traffic, tolls, and all the other headaches that come with driving on one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

Here’s a recipe for happy Thanksgiving travel: Buy your tickets in advance (like your turkey)and avoid long lines. If you plan a round-trip, buy a round trip ticket!

Thanksgiving is Metro-North’s busiest travel day of the year, and if you’re leaving New York after the parade, customers must show a ticket before boarding trains at Grand Central or Harlem-125th Street Station.

The good news is off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day holiday. Free parking is available at many stations. (Check for signs at stations, or go to mta.info/mnr or call 511 for details. Outside of New York, call 877-690-5114.)

On Wednesday, November 26, 22 early getaway trains depart Grand Central between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and most trains will have extra cars. (Train times are shown in the November 9 timetable.) Wednesday night, because most people have left early, some evening trains may be cancelled or
combined, so be sure to check the timetable.

A special printed Thanksgiving holiday timetable covers Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. Copies are available in Grand Central Terminal and at outlying stations. Information also is available on line at mta.info/mnr

On Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 27), there are extra inbound trains for those heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Holiday Parade, which steps off at 9:00 a.m. at 81st Street & Central Park West and ends in front of the miracle on 34th Street. And after the extravaganza, there are plenty of outbound trains to get you home, or to the moveable feast.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, also known as Black Friday, Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional inbound trains in the morning and outbound trains in the afternoon to accommodate all those shoppers and those folks who must work on Friday.

Finally, on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 we will provide regular weekend schedules with the usual Shoppers’ Specials trains, 13 on Saturday and four on Sunday.

WEST of HUDSON

Early getaway trains will operate on both the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines on Wednesday.

On the Port Jervis Line, there’s a 2:39 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station (2:45 p.m. departure from Hoboken), making all stops from Suffern through Port Jervis. (To accommodate this train, the 6:11p.m. departure from Hoboken will not operate.)

On the Pascack Valley Line, there’s a 2:51 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station (2:58 p.m. departure from Hoboken), making select stops in New Jersey before arriving at Pearl River, Nanuet, and Spring Valley. (To accommodate this train, the 7:20 p.m. departure from Hoboken will not operate.)

On Thursday, a regular holiday/weekend schedule will be in effect for both lines, with one additional round trip on the Port Jervis Line, which is shown in the November 9 timetable.

For those heading in to the parade, there will be a 6:22 a.m. departure from Port Jervis arriving in Hoboken at 8:30 a.m. (a connection at Secaucus Junction arrives at midtown New York’s Penn Station at 8:39 a.m.) and to get home, there’s a 12:13 p.m. departure from Hoboken (12:07 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station) that operates express to Suffern, then makes all stops to Port Jervis.

On Friday, a regular weekday schedule will be in effect, and on Saturday and Sunday, a regular weekend schedule will be in effect on both Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.

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SI Railway Thanksgiving 2014 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2014 service plan for the Staten Island Railway:

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Thanksgiving Day holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Wednesday, November 26 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule.

Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule.

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Critical Switch Work Suspends Service

Riders of the , & make note that service will be suspended for two weeks in Southern Brooklyn due to critical switch work. Here are the full details:

MTA NYC Transit will be performing a major switch renewal and maintenance related work on the BQF lines in Brooklyn. For two consecutive weeks beginning 11:00 p.m. Friday, November 21 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 1, F trains will be suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Avenue X, and Q trains will be suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and all affected stations between Avenue X on the F line, and Brighton Beach on the BQ lines.

This critical switch renewal project south of the West 8 St-NY Aquarium subway station is essential to the safe operation of trains along the Sea Beach corridor. The switch was originally installed in 1987. In NYC Transit’s ongoing efforts to ensure the subway system remains in a state of good repair, workers will take advantage of the 24/7 uninterrupted access to this section of track to complete this vital maintenance project during the upcoming two week closure. Other maintenance work will also include the installation of new track panels along the elevated BQF line structure. This work is part of NYC Transit’s ongoing Capital Rebuilding Program aimed at upgrading and maintaining our tracks, stations and signal systems in order to continue to provide our customers with safe and reliable service.

We realize this will be an inconvenience to our customers, however this work is vital to improve the future reliability of service along the BQF lines. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this important switch replacement project, and necessary track maintenance work. Our goal is to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible,.” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco.

How trains will operate

B customers (B service operates weekdays only)

• B trains will operate between Kings Hwy and Bedford Park Blvd/145 St. For service to Brighton Beach, transfer to a Brighton Beach-bound Q train.

Q customers:

• Q service will operate between 57 St-7 Av and Brighton Beach in both directions.

• Q trains will be suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach.

• Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach stopping at Ocean Pkwy and West 8 St-NY Aquarium.

F customers:

• F service will operate between Jamaica-179 St and Avenue X in both directions.

• F trains will be suspended in both directions between Avenue X and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

• Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Avenue X and Coney Island-Stillwell Av stopping at Neptune Av and West 8 St-NY Aquarium.

Additional alternatives:

• For direct service between Coney Island and Downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan, take the D or N.

• Transfer between trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr DNQ in Brooklyn and 34 St-Herald Sq DFNQ in Manhattan

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MTA Announces Limited Fare/Toll Proposals

Just a short time ago, the MTA announced limited fare & toll proposals. Here are the details:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today unveiled proposals to increase fares and tolls by 4% over the next two years. Despite rising operational costs, the MTA’s continued budget discipline and increased ridership allow the MTA to limit fare and toll increases to the equivalent of 2% a year.

“The MTA is keeping its promise to ensure fare and toll increases are as low as possible, and these options are designed to minimize their impact on our customers,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “We have cut more than $1 billion from our ongoing expenses, but a modest fare and toll increase is necessary to balance our budget against the increased costs of providing the bus, subway, railroad and paratransit service that is the backbone of the region’s mobility and economic growth.”

The new fare and toll proposals will be the subject of public hearings in December, and the MTA Board will review public input and may modify the proposals before voting on them in January 2015. They are scheduled to take effect in March 2015.

The MTA has cut $1.1 billion from its annual spending, with more cuts planned every year to bring annual savings to $1.5 billion by 2017. Fare and toll revenues cover only 52% of the MTA’s $13 billion operating budget. Following are details of the fare and toll options for each MTA service.

New York City Subway and Buses

The MTA offers several ways to pay for rides on subways, buses and the Staten Island Railway: Single Ride Tickets, Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards, Unlimited Ride MetroCards, and cash on buses only. Two alternative fare structures are being considered that treat the base fare and bonus structure differently. The base Pay-Per-Ride fare must increase in 25-cent increments, which limits the alternatives available and may also lead to proposed increases that are lower or higher than 4%. Changes to 7-Day and 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards are the same in both proposals.

• In Proposal 1, the base fare increases by 25 cents, and the bonus amount is increased from 5% to 11% when putting $5.50 or more on a MetroCard.
• In Proposal 2, the base fare for cash, Single Ride Tickets and Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards remains unchanged, but the bonus for putting $5 or more on a MetroCard is eliminated.
• In both proposals, the cost of a 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard increases by $4.50 and the cost of a 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard by $1.

This table summarizes the changes.

Fare Type – Current – Proposal 1 – Proposal 2:

Base MetroCard Fare/ Local Bus Cash Fare – $2.50 – $2.75 – $2.50

Bonus – 5% with $5 purchase – 11% with $5.50 purchase – No Bonus

Effective Fare with Bonus – $2.38 – $2.48 – $2.50

Single Ride Ticket (base MetroCard/Cash Fare plus 25 cents) – $2.75 – $3.00 – $2.75

Express Bus Fare Cash – $6.00 – $6.50 – $6.00
Express Bus Fare MetroCard with Bonus – $5.71 – $5.86 – $6.00

30-Day MetroCard – $112 – $116.50 – $116.50

7-Day MetroCard – $30.00 – $31.00 – $31.00

7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard – $55.00 – $57.25 – $57.25

Access-a-Ride Fare – $2.50 – $2.75 – $2.50

Note: The $1 fee for purchasing a new MetroCard would remain unchanged.

Bonus Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards are used for 43% of New York City Transit trips. In Proposal 1 the price of these trips increases 4.1%. In Proposal 2 the price increases 5.0%.

30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards are used for 29% of trips and would increase 4% under both proposals. 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards are used for 21% of trips and would increase 3.3% under both proposals.

Non-bonus MetroCards and cash on buses are used for 6% of trips. Single Ride Tickets are used for less than 1% of trips and appear to largely be purchased near major tourist destinations. These prices would increase by 25 cents or remain unchanged.

Additional details will be available at www.mta.info.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

Fares to ride the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are based on the distance traveled, and are lower during less busy, off-peak times. Significant discounts are available from the one-way and round-trip price by purchasing off-peak 10-trip, weekly and monthly unlimited-ride tickets.

As is the case with the proposed New York City Transit increases, some proposed increases would be lower or higher than 4%, because fare changes must occur in 25-cent increments. However, any increase of more than 6% would result in a fare increase of no more than 50 cents per trip.

The MTA is proposing fare increases between 2.2% and 6.1% for tickets to and from Zone 1 on LIRR; to and from Manhattan on Metro-North East-of-Hudson service; and to and from Hoboken/Secaucus Junction on Metro-North West-of-Hudson service.

All monthly and weekly fares would increase less than 4.25%, and fares on more than 80% of all trips would increase less than 4.25%.

The cost of a City Ticket would increase by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of onboard fares and refunds would remain unchanged. Fare increases for travel to/from or within Connecticut, which have previously been adopted by the State of Connecticut, are scheduled to be implemented separately in January 2015.

Charts outlining the proposed prices for specific stations and types of tickets will be available at www.mta.info.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

The MTA proposes to increase car tolls for New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass customers by 4%, which is equivalent to 21 cents at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Approximately 71% of MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings are made by cars with an NYCSC E-ZPass.

For other customers, two alternative toll structures are under consideration:

• In Proposal 1, truck tolls for NYCSC E-ZPass customers would increase 4%. Car tolls would increase by 6.7% to 10% for cash, Tolls by Mail and non-NYCSC E-ZPass customers. This proposal is consistent with MTA’s policy of increasing the differential price between E-ZPass and cash to encourage E-ZPass use, which reduces wait times on the crossings. Truck tolls paid with cash and non-NYCSC E-ZPasses would increase by 6.4% to 8.3%.

• In Proposal 2, car tolls would remain at current levels for cash, Tolls by Mail and non-NYCSC E-ZPass customers. Two-axle truck tolls for NYCSC E-ZPass customers would increase 12%, which at major crossings is 77 cents more than in Proposal 1. Truck tolls paid with cash and non-NYCSC E-ZPasses would increase by 6.4% to 8.3%. By not increasing cash tolls, this proposal mitigates the higher increases experienced by cash customers since 2009 while still maintaining a significant price differential between E-ZPass and cash.

Significant discounts are already available to customers who use E-ZPasses issued by the NYCSC, which serves the MTA, the New York State Thruway Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. MTA Bridges and Tunnels also offers substantial discounts to residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways.

Crossing – Current – Proposal 1 – Proposal 2
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge / Throgs Neck Bridge/ Bronx-Whitestone Bridge / Hugh L. Carey Tunnel / Queens Midtown Tunnel

Car Cash – $7.50 – $8.00 – $7.50

Car NYCSC E-ZPass – $5.33 – $5.54 – $5.54

Truck-2 Axle Cash – $15.00 – $16.00 – $16.00

Truck-2 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass – $9.62 – $10.00 – $10.77

Truck-5 Axle Cash – $40.00 – $43.00 – $43.00

Truck-5 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass – $26.26 – $27.31 – $29.41

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Toll collected in one direction only)

Car Cash – $15.00 – $16.00 – $15.00

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll – $10.66 – $11.08 – $11.08

Staten Island Resident E-ZPass >2 Trips/Month – $6.00 – $6.24 – $6.24

Staten Island Resident E-ZPass <3 Trips/Month - $6.36 - $6.60 - $6.60

Staten Island Resident Token - $8.53 - $8.86 - $8.53

Truck-2 Axle Cash - $30.00 - $32.00 - $32.00

Truck-2 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass - $19.24 - $20.00 - $21.54

Truck-5 Axle Cash - $80.00 - $86.00 - $86.00

Truck-5 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass - $52.52 - $54.62 - $58.82

Henry Hudson Bridge

Car Tolls By Mail/Non-NYCSC E-ZPass Toll - $5.00 - $5.50 - $5.00

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll - $2.44 - $2.54 - $2.54

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge / Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge

Car Cash - $3.75 - $4.00 - $3.75

Minor Token - $2.50 - $2.67 - $2.50

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll - $2.00 - $2.08 - $2.08

Rockaway Resident Token - $1.79 - $1.86 - $1.79

Rockaway Resident E-ZPass Toll - $1.31 - $1.36 - $1.36

Truck-2 Axle Cash - $7.50 - $8.00 - $8.00

Truck-2 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass Toll - 4.81 - $5.00 - $5.39

Truck-5 Axle Cash - $20.00 - $21.50 - $21.50

Truck-5 Axle NYCSC E-ZPass Toll - $13.13 - $13.66 - $14.71

Public Review Process

The MTA’s public review process will enable MTA Board members to receive testimony delivered at eight public hearings throughout the MTA’s service territory, through written statements accepted via email and regular mail, and through transcripts of videotaped public comments.

There will be one public hearing in each of the five boroughs of New York City, and one each on Long Island and in the northern suburbs east and west of the Hudson River. The hearings will be held at fully ADA-accessible locations until the scheduled ending time or all registered speakers have spoken, whichever is later. Members of the public can register to speak in advance by calling (646) 252-6777 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. To enable all members of the public to testify, the MTA asks that all remarks be kept to three minutes or less.

The dates and locations of the hearings are as follows.

Monday, December 1, 2014:

• Manhattan – Baruch College, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Ave. at 23rd Street, New York, NY. Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

• Bronx – Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx, NY. Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014:

• Westchester – New York State Power Authority, Jaguar Room, 123 Main St., White Plains, NY. Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3, 3014:

• Long Island – Hilton Long Island/Huntington, Salon C & D, 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY. Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

• Queens – The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, Main Stage Theater, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY. Registration period is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hearing begins at 6 p.m.

Monday, December 8, 2014:

• West of Hudson – Palisades Center, Adler & Besso Community Rooms, 4th Floor, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY. Registration period is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014:

• Staten Island – College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY. Registration period is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hearing begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 11, 2014:

• Brooklyn – Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road (near the junction of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H), Brooklyn, NY. Registration period is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hearing begins at 6 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to record a videotaped comment can visit the following MTA facilities at the listed times. All comments will be transcribed and made part of the permanent record of these hearings. Please note there is a 3-minute time limit for each individual’s videotaped session, and there will be no question-and-answer period.

NYC Transit Headquarters, 3 Stone St., Manhattan
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 9 a.m. – noon

LIRR Hicksville Station
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

LIRR Ronkonkoma Station
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Comments can also be submitted via email through our website at http://www.mta.info or by letter to MTA Government Affairs, 347 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017.

It seems inevitable that fares will once again rise as I doubt any outcry from the public will change that, when has it ever really?

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Cops Seek Subway Pusher

The biggest fear (if not, it should be!) of any NYC Subway rider is to get pushed onto the tracks in the path of an oncoming train. Many times the outcome is predictably fatal.

Unfortunately this was the case yesterday morning when an unidentified black male pushed 61 year old Wai Kuen Kwok onto the tracks at the 167th Street Station on the . Tanisia Morris, Pete Donohue, Caitlin Nolan & Bill Hutchinson of the New York Daily News has more:

A 61-year-old family man standing with his wife on a Bronx subway platform Sunday was pushed to his death in front of a train by a madman who attacked without warning, cops said.

A manhunt was on for the stocky stranger who without any apparent provocation shoved Wai Kuen Kwok into the path of a southbound D train in Highbridge as the victim’s wife watched in horror.

Kwok’s distraught wife told investigators the sickening 8:45 a.m. attack came out of the blue, saying there was no interaction between her husband and the man before the deadly push.

Police were handling the case as a random act of violence.

The train’s motorman saw Kwok tumble off the platform as he pulled into the 167th St. station, but he couldn’t stop in time, a transit source said.

“He said the guy just flew off the platform in front of his train as he was entering the station. The guy was still in the air when he hit him,” the source said.

Three cars rolled over Kwok before the train stopped, according to the source.

The killer bolted from the station, jumping on a Bx35 bus and taking it three stops to Edward L. Grant Highway and Jesup Ave., a police source said.

Click here for the complete report.

Hopefully the surveillance images released will help catch this worthless human fast & get him off the streets forever.

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