NEW YORK, NY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and Metro-North Railroad announced initial plans today for Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary celebration beginning in February 2013 and continuing throughout the year. Among the details released:
Events Begin February 1, 2013 – A day-long birthday celebration on February 1, 2013, features music and public performances, and the opening of a dramatic multimedia exhibition.
Centennial Logo Revealed – Grand Central's new logo was inspired by one of the landmark building's most well-known icons: the clock atop the main hall information booth. The logo is a stylized version of the clock with hands positioned at 7:13 (19:13 in military time used by the railroad, a nod to the opening year) and centered over the words "Grand Central."
NEW YORK, NY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to extend the validity of one-way and round-trip tickets on the commuter railroads from two weeks to two months. The refund period for those tickets is being extended from one month to two months. Ten-trip tickets will remain valid for six months. The period during which a ten-trip ticket is refundable is being lengthened to match its validity.
A $10 refund processing fee will remain in effect to recoup some of the administrative expenses of issuing and mailing checks.
The MTA anticipates that this change in the validity period will mean an annual loss of about $6 million in revenue to Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road.
"We're pleased that the cost containment efforts of our commuter railroads, combined with increased ridership, make it possible to broaden our ticket validity and refund policies to further benefit Long Island Rail Road and Metro North customers," said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. "This benefit will cost the railroads $6 million, but combined with the expanded service investments announced last week, shows the MTA's commitment to customer service."Read more
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On this page you can subscribe to a bunch of email updates from the county government on various subject areas - covering seniors, veterans, disabled, fitness, environment, transportation, tourism and several others. I just signed up for a few!
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Jim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]Read more
Metro-North Railroad employees that were supposed to monitor train conditions and crew performance were not on the job when they were scheduled to work and performed poorly when they were, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors and investigators also found that a relative of a manager was hired at an inflated salary over other more qualified employees, a possible violation of the New York State Public Officers Law.
“The public got taken for a ride,” DiNapoli said. “When workers in this unit did bother to show up for their jobs, they did shoddy work or personal tasks when they should have been ensuring that trains were operating safely and smoothly. The MTA needs to do more to tighten up accountability. I am pleased that this audit brought an end to this situation.”
To read the full report, click here.Read more
Multi-Vehicle Traffic Collisions in New Rochelle do not always rise to the level of a story but sometimes we have good photos so here are a few from two recent incidents.
Friday June 8, 2012: A multi-vehicle traffic collision on Eastchester Road near the intersection of Rosedale Avenue involved a Verizon service truck running into the back of a Rav 4 driven by a nursing student from the College of New Rochelle which struck another vehicle. In the response to the crash, an Iona College van struck a New Rochelle Fire Department Engine. No one was seriously injured.Read more
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and dozens of other area superintendents, organized as the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, are lobbying Governor Andrew Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council to reduce mileage limits on private and parochial school out-of-district busing.
New York State taxpayers should not be subsidizing private school transportation that is excessive and that financially benefits the private school investors, trustees, and parents who have chosen these as alternative to their local public school.
The next phase of the North Avenue Bridge Project in New Rochelle has begun. North Avenue around the area of Burling Lane and Garden Street has been restricted for traffic moving north and south on North Avenue.
The area is a real mess right now. Drivers are strongly advised to find alternate routes during prime driving times.Read more