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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 »
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 »
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 »
This weekend marks the 100th birthday of a staple for most New York commuters: Grand Central Terminal, which opened on Feb. 2, 1913. Grand Central is throwing a centennial celebration all day Friday, with a full schedule of events planned.
One hundred years is a long time, and Grand Central’s rich history matches its majestic appearance. There are probably a few things you didn’t know about...Read more »
The New York State Thruway has plucked a secret weapon from the vegetable aisle to contend with this winter's icy season along its 570 miles of highway.
The briny mixture will be used alongside the authority's traditional arsenal of rock salt and snowplows as workers try to keep motorists safe from slips and slides.
Sugar beet juice and brine has proved to be an effective...Read more »
Come Saturday night, no more cash will be accepted at the Henry Hudson Bridge.
At 11 p.m. Saturday, the bridge goes cashless.
Drivers using E-ZPass will still get the $2.20 discount on the regular $4 toll. Those that drive through without a pass will have their license plates photographed and a bill for the full toll sent to their home if they're the registered owner, the MTA says.
This...Read more »
Metro-North President Howard Permut joined local officials Friday to praise the work of union workers who've been brightening stations along the commuter rail line with fresh paint jobs.
The so-called Paint Gang initiative has saved money and time by having workers show up each morning at a station so they can spend their full shift painting.
“Metro-North wants to be a good neighbor...Read more »