26 Extra Trains For LIRR & Metro-North

In anticipation of the blizzard that will be hitting the tri-state area, the MTA is planning on running extra railroad service this afternoon to get commuters home. The agency will be operating 26 extra trains (8 on the LIRR & 18 on the Metro-North). Here are the details:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced schedule details for 26 extra trains that are being added to LIRR and Metro-North schedules this afternoon. The trains are departing from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal, and are intended to help those commuters who want to leave work early ahead of the forecast major winter storm. In addition, 14 Metro-North trains that would normally depart Grand Central after 5 p.m. will be canceled or combined with other trains as noted below. Both railroads expect to suspend service as of 11 p.m. today, subject to further evaluation of the severity of the storm.

Long Island Rail Road

The LIRR is operating eight extra trains departing Penn Station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Babylon Branch:

• 2:32 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon

• 3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

• 3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch:

• 2:08 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington

• 2:29 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington

• 3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck:

• 3:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch:

• 3:48 p.m. express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North is operating 18 additional trains departing Grand Central between 1 and 4 p.m. To allow these trains to depart, the railroad will cancel or combine 14 trains that normally would depart Grand Central after 5 p.m., as described below.

Hudson Line:

Departures of Hudson Rail Link buses, the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry will be coordinated so they are timed to connecting trains under the below schedule.

Early Getaway Trains:

• 1:38 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, then Beacon through Poughkeepsie.

• 2:38 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, then Beacon through Poughkeepsie.

• 3:11 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then Tarrytown through Croton-Harmon.

• 3:45 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, then Beacon through Poughkeepsie.

• 4:11 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, then Beacon through Poughkeepsie.

Canceled Trains:

• The 5:29 p.m. outbound train, which runs express and stops at Beacon through Poughkeepsie, will not operate.

• The 5:57 p.m. outbound train, stopping at Harlem-125th Street then Tarrytown through Croton-Harmon, will not operate.

• The 6:12 p.m. outbound train, which stops at Harlem-125th Street then Beacon through Poughkeepsie, will not operate.

Harlem Line:

Early Getaway Trains:

• 2:18 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then Scarsdale through North White Plains.

• 3:13 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then White Plains and North White Plains.

• 3:34 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, White Plains, North White Plains, then Goldens Bridge to Southeast.

Canceled Trains:

• The 5:27 p.m. outbound train, serving Chappaqua through Southeast, will not operate.

• The 5:38 p.m. outbound train, stopping at Mount Vernon West through Crestwood, will not operate.

• The 5:58 p.m. outbound train, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then Mount Vernon West through Crestwood, will not operate.

• The 7:03 p.m. train departing GCT, stopping at Scarsdale through North White Plains, will not operate.

• The 7:28 p.m. train departing GCT, stopping at Crestwood through North White Plains, will not operate.

New Haven Line:

Early Getaway Trains:

• 12:58 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven.

• 2:01 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven.

• 2:28 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven.

• 2:31 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then New Rochelle through Harrison.

• 2:56 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford, then Noroton Heights through South Norwalk.

• 2:59 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then New Rochelle through Harrison.

• 3:02 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford, Westport, and then Fairfield through New Haven.

• 3:26 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then New Rochelle through Harrison.

• 3:29 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven.

• 4:00 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford, then Bridgeport through New Haven.

Canceled/Combined Trains:

• The 5:18 p.m. outbound train is canceled, and will be combined with the 5:21p.m. train, which will stop at Harlem-125th Street, then Mount Vernon East through Harrison.

• The 5:57 p.m. outbound train is canceled, and will be combined with the 6:02p.m. train, which will stop at Mount Vernon East through Harrison.

• The 6:07 p.m. outbound train is canceled, and will be combined with the 6:11p.m. train, which will stop at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford, then South Norwalk through New Haven.

• The 6:42 p.m. train, stopping at New Rochelle through Harrison, is cancelled.

• The 6:49 p.m. train, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, South Norwalk, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven, is canceled.

• The 7:09 p.m. train, stopping at Larchmont through Harrison, is cancelled.

• The 8:03 p.m. train, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, South Norwalk, Westport, then Fairfield through New Haven, is canceled.

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MTA Prepares For Winter Storm

With a wintry blast that may dump as much as 7 inches of snow in parts of the metropolitan region, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hard at work to ensure safe, reliable service this weekend. MTA New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are once again preparing. Personnel will be ready to drop salt and clear platforms and stairs of snow but customers are urged to use extreme caution while navigating the system.

MTA personnel will continue to monitor the U.S. National Weather Service and have direct access to a customized weather prediction service that provides regularly updated weather forecasts. Accurate forewarning of a snow event translates into adequate preparation times, allowing officials to decide whether to hold workers after their shifts and bring others in prior to the beginning of a storm.

NYC Subways and Buses:

Some weekend work has been canceled but weekend work on the 4567ACEF lines will take place as scheduled. Super-powered snow throwers, jet-powered snow-blowers, and de-icing cars – retired subway cars modified with tanks and other specialized equipment to spray de-icing fluid on the third rail, will be deployed starting tonight. Select trains will also be equipped with scrapper shoes to keep ice off the third rails.
This year’s weather plan has been updated to include new snow-fighting equipment for the Department of Buses; new improved cold-weather and communications equipment; increased planning and collaboration with the Department of Sanitation; and more alerts and checks on service for quicker and more proactive operations planning.

“We never know what each winter will bring, so New York City Transit has to be prepared for anything,” said NYCT President Carmen Bianco. “This year we have invested in more equipment such as new all-season tires to make our bus fleet safer and better prepared to handle snow and icy roads, and improved technology that tracks our buses and lets us tailor service route by route rather than make blanket service changes.”

“We have expanded the testing and evaluation of all-season tires on our buses,” said Darryl Irick, Senior Vice President of Buses for New York City Transit and President of the MTA Bus Company. “We are looking for the ability to maintain traction in slick and snowy conditions without installing and removing chains, which took a lot of time with the huge number of significant storms last season. We also closely monitor our bus service and adjust it according to the conditions around the city.”

The Department of Buses also is working closely with the Department of Sanitation on the maintenance and operation of snow removal equipment. Predetermined routes have been mapped for 28 pieces of snow-fighting equipment to quickly reach highly trafficked locations for buses such as terminals, lay-over spots and facilities. Tire chains will still be installed on buses as needed.

Bus managers now have new technology that tracks service when it falls below minimum expected levels on any route, allowing them to make decisions more quickly. Department of Buses also prepares special “winter weather schedules” that can substitute for service curtailments on a route-by-route basis.

Metro-North Railroad & Long Island Rail Road:

Platforms and stairways will continue to be cleared and salted. LIRR station waiting rooms will remain open around-the-clock now through Monday afternoon, January 26, to provide shelter for customers waiting for trains during cold and inclement weather.
Extra engineers and signal maintainers are being called in. Both railroads will take steps to ensure that switches – the interlocking tracks that allow rail traffic controllers to route trains from one track to another – are working throughout the storm. The railroads are activating switch heaters, lubricating the switches and treating them with anti-freeze agents. Rail Traffic Controllers will activate the switches to keep them from freezing shut. In addition, track workers will be positioned in critical locations to be able to respond if any difficulties do crop up at switches.

Snow-fighting equipment will be positioned strategically throughout the systems to start when snow accumulation begins. Use Metro-North Train Time App and LIRR Train Time App for real-time train information on your Smartphone.

In the region served by Metro-North, where the storm is predicted to be more severe than elsewhere in the MTA region, a primary concern is the safety of station platforms. All stations will be pretreated with salt. Metro-North will continue to clear snow and ice throughout the weekend.

Trains will be protected by pretreating with deicer all door tracks and third rail contact shoes. To prevent ice build-up on the pantographs on top of New Haven Line trains, they will be raised and lowered throughout the storm. All couplers between cars will be covered with snow bags to prevent icing.

At Pelham, where New Haven Line trains change from overhead power to third rail power, mechanics will be stationed beginning at 5 a.m. to assist any train that experiences changeover issues.

Extra train crews and protect engines will be stationed at major junctions to assist in case any train breaks down. And extra signal maintainers, power and track department personnel will be station at critical interlockings.

Paratransit:

Due to the prediction of potential snowfall starting Saturday, Paratransit customers may experience additional travel and wait times. Depending on conditions, customers may want to reconsider travel, unless medically necessary. For our Access-A-Ride paratransit service, a dashboard storm monitoring system is in place to track immobilized vehicles and customers. NYCT has also coordinated a procedure with New York City first responders and the Office of Emergency Management for rescuing customers on immobilized vehicles or those who develop medical needs during storms. Also in place is a new paratransit-specific Storm Action Plan that includes processes for curtailing all non-medically essential service.

Bridges and Tunnels:

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is ready to battle winter weather with 97 conveyors, pay loaders, front loaders and pick-up trucks with plows to battle the snow, along with nearly 9,000 tons of anti-corrosive deicer.

The equipment includes 44 vehicles equipped with ground temperature sensors that lets the operator and bridge managers know if the roadway is in danger of freezing. All MTA bridges also are equipped with imbedded roadway sensors and above-ground atmospheric sensors that deliver real-time information on temperature, wind velocity, wind direction, humidity and precipitation via wireless communication, and are used to determine if speed restrictions are necessary. During light snowfall of less than 3 inches, motorists will be asked to operate at reduced speeds. Under heavier snow conditions where accumulations of snow or a combination of mixed snow and ice are above 3 inches, some roadway lanes or ramp closures may occur while snow removal and deicing operations are performed. Motorists will be asked to operate at reduced speeds.
We strongly urge customers to check www.mta.info for updates, including modified emergency schedules and to sign up for email and text message alerts. For weekend subway service changes, visit www.mta.info/weekender.

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MTA Board Approves Limited Fare Increases

In what comes as no surprise. the MTA Board has approved limited fare & toll increases. Here are the details via the official press release I received:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today approved increasing fares and tolls by 4% over the next two years, fulfilling a promise to keep fare and toll increases as low as possible. The new fares and tolls will take effect March 22, and will ensure the MTA can continue providing quality service even as ridership continues to climb.

“The MTA has been able to limit these fare and toll increases to the equivalent of 2% a year thanks to our continued aggressive cost-cutting, while still adding service and improving service quality for our growing number of customers,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “Our Financial Plan assumes modest biennial fare and toll increases, and the Board has chosen options with lower increases for our most frequent customers.”

The MTA has cut $1.1 billion from its annual spending, with more cuts planned every year to bring annual savings to $1.6 billion by 2018.

The Board approved increasing the base fare for the subway and bus by 25 cents to $2.75, while also more than doubling the bonus amount added to MetroCard purchases of at least one roundtrip. The combination of the increased fare and the increased bonus creates an effective fare increase of 4.1%, or 10 cents, for the Bonus MetroCard, which is used for 43% of trips.

The 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which is used for 29% of trips, will increase 4% to $116.50. The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which is used for 21% of trips, will increase 3.3% to $31. The remaining 7% of trips are made using non-bonus MetroCards, cash on buses or Single Ride Tickets, which are largely purchased near major tourist destinations.

The following table summarizes these changes. Full details will be posted at www.mta.info.

Fare Type – Current – New:

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

Bonus – 5% with $5 purchase – 11% with $5.50 purchase

Effective Fare with Bonus – $2.38 – $2.48

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

Express Bus Fare Cash – $6.00 – $6..50

Express Bus Fare Effective MetroCard Fare with Bonus – $5.71 – $5.86

30 Day Metrocard – $112 – $116.50

7 Day Metrocard – $30.00 – $31.00

7 Day Express Bus Plus Metrocard – $55.00 – $57.25

Access-A-Ride Fare – $2.50 – $2/75

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

The vast majority of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers will see fares increase 4.25% or less. Fares will rise 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. Over 80% of those trips will see fare increases of 4.25% or less, and for monthly and weekly commuters, all fares will increase less than 4.25%.

Some railroad fares will increase more than 4%, because fare changes must occur in 25-cent increments. However, any increase of more than 6% will result in a fare increase of no more than 50 cents per trip. The cost of a City Ticket will increase by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of onboard fares and refunds remain unchanged. The new fares will be posted on www.mta.info.

Tolls will rise 4% on MTA Bridges and Tunnels for over 75% of crossings that are made by cars and trucks using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass. Those car tolls will increase 21 cents to $5.54 at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.7% to 10%. This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which reduces wait times and environmental impact.

NYCSC E-ZPass customers will receive discounts off the cash price ranging from 31% to 66%, depending on the crossing, type of vehicle and applicable resident discount programs. These significant discounts are 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. Any driver can apply for an NYCSC E-ZPass regardless of where they live. MTA Bridges and Tunnels also offers substantial discounts to residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways.

I can’t wait to see the new ripoff prices that LIRR riders will have to soon pay for the crappy service provided. Oh joy……..

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