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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...
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

MTA C&D completes Penn East End Gateway LIRR Concourse project in Manhattan

Sept. 7, 2023
WSP consulted for the $700 million project, which helped improve passenger circulation and eased congestion at Penn Station.
Railroad Signals, PTC, Control Systems and Products

Investigation indicates misaligned switch caused Aug. 3 LIRR train derailment

Aug. 15, 2023
The investigation, which is still ongoing, indicates the eight-car passenger train derailed after traveling eastbound over a switch intended for a straight move that was misaligned...
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Mobile Applications

MTA’s new app available for download

The app, which is currently in Beta testing and will eventually succeed the MYmta app, features schedules, service alerts and more for subways, buses, Long Island Rail Road and...

MTA Metro-North Railroad completes first transit-oriented development project

The project is Metro-North Railroad’s first transit-oriented development project and features approximately 27,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and two landscaped public...
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

Skanska, AECOM, SOM mark completion of NY Penn Station LIRR renovations

July 19, 2023
The 27-month design-build project encompassed both the design and construction of the reimagined concourse, with a widened corridor, raised ceiling heights, upgraded lighting ...

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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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...
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

OP-ED: MTA LIRR Penn Station and Grand Central Madison bloopers

Dec. 8, 2023
There is nothing to celebrate concerning opening of the new New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) $700 million 7th Avenue 32nd Street...

OP-ED: Unforeseen consequences for Amtrak East River Tunnel work

Nov. 17, 2023
Don't be surprised if the East River Tunnels project completion date slips from 2027 into 2028 or 2029.

OP-ED: Happy 119th anniversary NYC subway system

Oct. 27, 2023
On Oct. 27, 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit company opened the first subway line in New York City.
Larry Penner.

OP-ED: What's missing from MTA's 2025 - 2044 Twenty Year Capital Plan

Oct. 13, 2023
Some key information is missing from the MTA's 2025 - 2044 Twenty Year Capital Needs Assessment Plan.
Larry Penner.

OP-ED: Challenges ahead for new interim LIRR President Robert Free

Sept. 29, 2023
The appointment of MTA's LIRR Senior Vice President of Operations Robert Free as interim LIRR president by MTA Chairman Janno Lieber is a refreshing selection.
Larry Penner
Fare Collection

OP-ED: MTA OMNY fare collection ongoing delays

Aug. 25, 2023
Commuters and taxpayers may never know the true final cost for OMNY for several more years after the system is in full use agency wide.
Larry Penner
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

OP-ED: Another eight-month delay for completion of $3.1 billion MTA Metro-North Bronx East Penn Station Access Project

Aug. 18, 2023
Don't be surprised to wait until 2028 or 2029 before boarding the first Metro-North New Haven branch Bronx East train to Penn Station.