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Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

MTA’s LIRR launches new program to report restrooms that need maintenance

June 26, 2024
Posters with a QR code containing a survey that is unique to each station will be adhered to the walls inside of the restrooms where they can be easily seen.
Safety & Security

APTA recognizes six agencies with 2024 Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards

The six agencies awarded an APTA Rail Safety and Security Award were evaluated based on the effectiveness, benefit level, innovation and transferability of some their projects...
Fare Collection

MTA continues to expand OMNY

The MTA is utilizing OMNY as its contactless fare payment system to give subway and bus customers a simpler way to pay for their fares using credit or debit card, smartphone, ...

MTA Construction & Development’s latest report reveals $300 million in savings due to delivery improvements

The report comes as the agency prepares to move forward on a major slate of vital capital projects to be funded by congestion pricing.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MTA names Rob Free LIRR president

Free had been serving as LIRR’s acting president for the past six months.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

MTA celebrates first year of Grand Central Madison service

Since implementation of full service in February, MTA has sold a combined 81,444 tickets for Grand Central Madison between LIRR and Metro-North Railroad.

MTA upgrades cellular service at Grand Central Madison, Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica Station

The expanded cellular service features 5G and LTE coverage and is complemented by free public Wi-Fi for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers.
Long Island Rail Road

Rob Free named acting president of Long Island Rail Road

Oct. 23, 2023
Free succeeds MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi, who had served as interim LIRR president since February 2022.

MTA outlines plan to rebuild, improve and expand its system over 20 years

“The Future Rides With Us,” MTA’s 20-Year Needs Assessment, takes a look into the system’s infrastructure needs and reveals both challenges and opportunities for the future of...
Safety & Security

MTA unveils ‘Courtesy Counts’ campaign

The campaign is a multi-agency campaign that consists of 34 illustrations that remind customers to follow the MTA’s Code of Conduct and treat fellow riders and public spaces with...

Articles & News

Boingo Wireless

MTA partners with Boingo Wireless to expand wireless connectivity within MTA’s Grand Central Madison and LIRR stations

Dec. 7, 2023
The new wireless networks cover more than 18 miles of tunnels and are designed to make travel and commuting easier, faster and more convenient.
Marc A. Hermann / MTA
Metropolitan Transportation Authority has completed the LIRR Third Track project, the centerpiece of a LIRR Main Line Expansion Project.

Officials celebrate completion of the Long Island Rail Road Third Track project

The 9.8-mile project wrapped on time and is reportedly $100 million below budget.
Marc A. Hermann / MTA
Governor Kathy Hochul and MTA Chair and MTA CEO Janno Lieber announce the completion of the first portion of work to widen the Long Island Rail Road 33rd Street concourse in Penn Station on Tuesday, Sep 6, 2022.

More spacious LIRR Concourse at NY Penn Station unveiled

The wider and brighter concourse is one element to overhaul the station into a ‘world-class transit hub.’
Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
May 31, 2022 - New York City — Governor Kathy Hochul is joined by MTA Chair & CEO Janno Lieber and Metro-North President/LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi at Grand Central Terminal on Monday, May 31, 2022 to announce the branding of “Grand Central Madison.” The major capital construction project, previously known as “East Side Access,” brings LIRR service to Grand Central with a new concourse extending west toward Madison Avenue. (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

New LIRR terminal for East Side Access project to be called Grand Central Madison

June 1, 2022
The terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal is the largest passenger rail terminal to be built in the U.S. since the 1950s and is on schedule to be completed in December 2022....
Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.
Lirr Patrick Cashin

Gov. Hochul wants MTA to pursue Interborough Express concept

Jan. 6, 2022
The proposal calls for a rail connection for Queens and Brooklyn residents that would improve mobility into Manhattan, as well as around the surrounding communities.
Airborne Studios and RCC
An overview of the entire project site for the LIRR Mid-Suffolk Train Yard. The 11 new tracks are seen at the right, as is the new employee facility.

Project Success Measured by the Yard

June 8, 2021
Railroad Construction Company’s thorough planning, quality communication and flexibility set it up to successfully deliver LIRR’s New Mid-Suffolk Electric project.
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Moynihan Train Hall’s skylight includes an acre of glass. The hall also features a signature clock designed to evoke the nostalgia of rail travel.

Moynihan Train Hall opens for business

Jan. 4, 2021
The $1.6-billion train hall and improved NY Penn Station will operate as one complex designed for passenger comfort.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin
APTA awarded a Gold Award to Long Island Rail Road as part its Rail Safety Awards.
Safety & Security

APTA names Safety & Security Excellence winners

Sept. 23, 2020
The annual recognition honors transit agencies for innovative and proactive safety and security programs.
Lirr Train Credit Mta
Railroad Signals, PTC, Control Systems and Products

Metro-North, LIRR give PTC update

Aug. 21, 2020
Both railroads remain on schedule to have PTC fully operational throughout the networks by the end of the year.

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Larry Penner

OP-ED: MTA state of good repair versus system expansion

July 12, 2024
The number one priority for the MTA should always be to reach and maintain a state of good repair.

OP-ED: Port Jefferson LIRR Branch Electrification 2024 update

June 7, 2024
Electrification of the MTA LIRR Port Jefferson branch has been periodically advocated since the 1950s by generations of elected officials with no success.

OP-ED: Amtrak NEC Portal Bridge Project progress is a glass 25 percent full

May 24, 2024
Work needs to be completed on the Portal Bridge North, followed by the start and completion of Portal Bridge South.

Happy 190th anniversary NY MTA LIRR

April 26, 2024
LIRR assets have shifted control several times in its long history, but it remains a part of the New York City regional transportation landscape.

OP-ED: Excessive MTA employee overtime continues year after year

April 12, 2024
Recent news reported overtime for MTA employees grew to a record $1.4 billion in 2023.

OP-ED: Will the third time be the charm for LIRR Harold Interlocking work?

March 29, 2024
The next phase of a major reconfiguration of the Harold Interlocking will be disappointing to thousands of daily riders.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

OP-ED: MTA $11.6 billion East Side Access to Grand Central Madison update

Feb. 23, 2024
There is still much to do one year after the opening of MTA's LIRR $11.6 billion Manhattan East Side Access to Grand Central Madison.

OP-ED: Why MTA major capital projects are so expensive

Feb. 2, 2024
Project cost containment, along with fast tracking procurements and contract change orders for the MTA is sometimes easier said than done due to other significant obstacles.
Steve Kalka
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

OP-ED: LIRR UBS Elmont Arena Station one year later

Dec. 15, 2023
The previous Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Catherine Rinaldi never told the whole story a year ago at the ribbon-cutting ceremony...