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A rusting old Garrison railroad station sign that predates Metro-North's 1983 beginnings and was all but forgotten has been given a place of honor.
At the urging of Putnam County Legis. Barbara Scuccimara, Metro-North workers restored the sign, which had been tucked out of sight behind a bench on the river side of the railroad's tracks.
"It is our great pleasure to be a good neighbor...Read more »
Metro-North is shaking up the mix of eateries at Grand Central Terminal, where it racked up record-breaking revenue last year.
Before the end of the year, Shake Shack, the burger, fries and, oh yeah, shake joint, will replace Zocalo, a Mexican restaurant that has been in litigation with the MTA for several years, officials said Wednesday.
The Danny Meyer chain, which among other...Read more »
Beware of Bambi. It's deer season, folks.
The New York State Thruway sent out its twice-a-year "Antler Alert" Wednesday, warning motorists that May and June are months when deer are more likely to wander near highways. (October and November are also big months for roaming deer).
Some 2,000 deer vs. car collisions occurred on the Thruway last year, despite dozens of deer crossing...Read more »
The Peekskill signs at the city's made-over Metro-North station look like something ripped from the cover of a Grateful Dead album.
Flowering vines creep around railings and columns to spell "Peekskill" beneath the station platform's eaves and above elevator banks.
Artist Jan Taylor says it wasn't Jerry Garcia or his band mates that she had in mind when she designed the carbon...Read more »
First a Styrofoam head looking like something out of ancient Greece or Rome is found bobbing in the Hudson by some Marist College crew team members.
Now comes word of a tree whose ancestors date back to the dinosaur era living in North White Plains.
What's next? Prehistoric fish living under the Tappan Zee Bridge? Oops, already have those.
Metro-North officials say they recently...Read more »
Few agencies live by the numbers more than the MTA.
After all, the perpetually cash-strapped transportation agency has a $12.6 billion budget with a $450 million hole in it. Gaps that big can drive a bean counter crazy. Not to mention reporters with limited math skills.
Or Metro-North riders. Last month, they started kicking in an extra 8.2 to 9.3 percent per ticket for a ride on...Read more »
The bridge has not yet been built, but the accolades are already starting to come.
On Friday, New York State Thruway Authority chairman Howard Milstein received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Regional Plan Association for his work leading the agency's efforts to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
In receiving the honor from the group, founded in the 1920s to provide a blueprint for...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is urging Bee-Line riders to Bee-Aware.
Taking a page from the New York City Transit system's popular "If You See Something, Say Something" ads, the county has come up with its own ad campaign to get riders to report suspicious packages left unattended on buses.
The "Bee-Aware" ads were made possible by a $433,000 grant from...Read more »
Five Metro-North stations on the Harlem Line will be getting a spring cleaning.
Teams called station gangs will be swarming stations at Crestwood, Valhalla, North White Plains, Hawthorne and Pleasantville in the coming weeks, armed with hammers and paint brushes.
The gangs -- made up of sheet metal workers, mechanics, plumbers and paint crews -- will be giving each station a fresh coat...Read more »
Maybe he could just write the state a check?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg touched off a mini-firestorm Friday when he decided to chime in on the Tappan Zee Bridge, which, as far as we can tell, is not located in hizzoner's jurisdiction.
"Not to put mass transit on the bridge is a terrible mistake," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show. "I don't care what it...Read more »