MTA Completes Rollout of OMNY Contactless Fare Payment System

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) marked the completion of its year-and-a-half-long rollout of its OMNY contactless fare payment system that will ultimately replace the MetroCard completely in 2023. The completed installation of over 15,000 OMNY readers at all 472 stations, on all 5,800 buses, and at Staten Island Railway stations represents the culmination of the first major phase of […]

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Key transportation projects for Staten Island in 2021

As Staten Islanders inch closer to putting 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead at what’s to come in 2021. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting nearly every aspect of life over the past nine months, crucial transportation projects, once expected to be completed in 2020, have been delayed, with the implementation […]

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NJ Transit reaches PTC implementation finish line

With days to spare, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has attained the certification of its Positive Train Control (PTC) system by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and will meet the Dec. 31, 2020, deadline to have the safety overlay system implemented.   FRA began designating which railroads were “at-risk” of being in noncompliance of meeting the […]

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Metro-North set to buy dual-mode locomotives from Siemens

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a $334.9 million contract for Siemens to build 27 dual-mode locomotives for the Metro-North Railroad. A document in the board package for Wednesday’s meeting says the purchase, an order for 19 locomotives with the exercise of an initial option for eight more, is funded by a […]

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MTA nears completion of OMNY roll out

OMNY, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) new fare payment system, remains on pace for completion by the end of the year, with the system recently recording its 30 millionth tap. Some 458 subway stations of the system’s 472 stations are now OMNY enabled as of last week, with all stations along the G and R […]

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LIRR completes construction on Mid-Suffolk Yard to help increase future capacity

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Construction & Development (C&D) have completed major construction on the Mid-Suffolk Train Storage Yard in Ronkonkoma. The project will increase future capacity and reliability for the railroad as part of the LIRR Expansion. “The expanded train yard, along with the third track project, […]

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Metro-North marks the second year of accomplishments in Way Head Plan to transform railroad

A series of key accomplishments since implementing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad’s Way Ahead plan two years ago was announced by Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi. The Way Ahead plan has taken a special significance this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the railroad undertaking the most aggressive safety and disinfecting measures in its history. […]

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NJ TRANSIT, MTA, Port Authority, Amtrak, and SEPTA Launch Regional ‘Mask Force’

NJ TRANSIT announced a partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Amtrak, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to create a regional “Mask Force” to encourage universal mask compliance on public transit. Through this partnership, the transit systems will provide millions of free masks […]

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LIRR unveils TrainTime app with capacity tracker

A revamped TrainTime app has been released by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) that will allow customers to track in real-time where seats are available on any train in the electric fleet, which includes more than 90 percent of all LIRR train cars, announced LIRR President Phil Eng. LIRR says it is the first […]

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NJ Transit Approves Order For 334 New MCI Commuter Coaches In Year Five Of Six-Year MCI Contract

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, announced today that NJ TRANSIT issued a purchase order for 334 new MCI D4500 Commuter Coaches in year five of its six-year MCI contract. As the nation’s largest statewide public transit agency continues to […]

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