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West-of-Hudson Metro-North line at Harriman
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MTA executives say without $12 billion in federal funding to help the agency recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will have to make draconian cuts to service and payroll. Some of the proposed cuts are for Metro-North Railroad; and one proposal in particular has angered elected officials.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio virtually joined Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefing on April 30, 2020.
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New York City subways will be shutting down each night for disinfecting and cleaning starting May 6, and a plan to greatly ramp up contact tracing is beginning. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the moves at his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday, which included appearances by the present and former New York City mayors. 

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A coalition of transportation agencies will join in solidarity to honor transportation workers across the tristate region Thursday.

MTA bus manufactured by Nova Bus
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Nova Bus has announced its largest ever U.S contract — and the manufacturing will be completed at its plant in Plattsburgh.

Lawmakers Press For NYS DOT Rail Crossing Study

Feb 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five years after the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history, New York state lawmakers are renewing calls for safety upgrades to rail grade crossings.

Prevost buses
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A bus manufacturer in Plattsburgh has secured a major contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

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It’s a familiar experience for thousands of people in the WAMC listening area: you drive to a Metro-North station, park, and catch a train. Now, parking costs could be going up. But as WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a vote on the proposal has been postponed.

MTA, Metro-North Reforms Included In State Budget

Apr 9, 2019
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The recently adopted New York state budget includes reforms to the MTA that will impact riders in the Hudson Valley. A few area lawmakers are speaking to this as well as to congestion pricing.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.

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WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the end of a special legislative session in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency in regards to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the expansion of ride-hailing services in upstate New York and Long Island.

 

The president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, Joseph Giulietti, will retire at the end of August. The formal announcement came at Monday’s Metro-North Committee meeting.

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Two Democratic members of Congress are calling for action to improve rail safety following a commuter train crash in New York City that left more than 100 people with minor injuries.

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A New York state senator is calling on the MTA to hold hearings on its proposed fare hikes in additional Hudson Valley counties.

Croton-Harmon Train Station Renovations Are Complete

Aug 30, 2016
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Renovations have been completed at one of the larger Metro-North stations in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Metro-North Tests Cameras On Its Trains

Jul 14, 2016
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Metro-North has begun a pilot program with security cameras in both cabs and passenger cars. The railroad plans to install cameras in all its trains by September.

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New York regulators are increasing the tax surcharge on corporations within the metropolitan commuter transportation district but say revenue will stay the same.

MTA Relaunches Public Safety Campaign

Mar 22, 2016
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is relaunching the "If you see something, say something" public safety campaign that it started after the September 11 attacks.

Metro-North Sets Ridership Record For 2015

Feb 3, 2016
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New York transit officials say ridership increased on the nation's two largest commuter railroad systems last year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials Tuesday said there were a record number of riders on the Metro-North Railroad in 2015. They say more than 86 million people rode on the commuter rail system that connects New York City, its northern suburbs in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.

Officials gather at the Albany County Office Building
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased its patrols and surveillance across its agencies including the Metro-North Railroad in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched his effort to restore mass transit funding cuts passed by the House of Representatives last week.

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The New York City region's mass transit capital spending program will be funded for the next five years under a deal being announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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The widow of a suburban New York man killed in a Metro-North train crash has filed lawsuit against the railroad and others.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Westchester County today, at a rail crossing just miles from the site of a fatal Metro-North train collision with an SUV nearly two months ago. She was joined by a number of officials pledging their commitment to improve all facets of rail crossing safety.

Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, stood near the Metro-North crossing at Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua.  

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The weeks between the unveiling of the state budget and final passage are always full of suggestions, rallies, and prodding over spending priorities. Today, a coalition from the North Country joined with downstate concerns calling for full funding to New York’s statewide transit capital plan.

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New Yorkers, please keep your feet off the seat.

Federal Dollars Head To Metro-North For Sandy Repairs

Feb 11, 2015
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Congressional officials from New York have announced an investment in Metro-North Railroad for capital improvement projects from Hurricane Sandy.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement on the Metro-North accident. "I'm simply heartbroken.  All of us who ride Metro-North are moms, dads, brothers, and sisters and with every accident, a family is torn apart by an unspeakable tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, families and first responders.

New York City Subways.
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New York's top government officials have taken to the nation's largest subway system following the disclosure of an alleged terrorist attack on trains in U.S. cities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Tom Prendergast rode a train from the World Trade Center to Penn Station in Manhattan Thursday afternoon.

Cuomo said there was no specific, credible threat to New York City subways.

MTA Receives A Plea From Some HV Lawmakers

Aug 7, 2014
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Several New York state legislators from the Hudson Valley haves signed onto a letter imploring the MTA to provide Orange and Rockland commuters with a one-seat ride to New York City’s Penn Station.

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