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Metro-North's Connecticut line needs $3.6B in work: Report

Metro-North

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Metro-North's busy and aging New Haven line needs $3.6 billion in infrastructure work by 2020 to keep the rail running smoothly and in good repair, according to a study released Thursday.

The Regional Plan Association's report said the most expensive investment -- replacing or renovating five century-old movable bridges in Connecticut -- has a $2.8 billion funding gap. Other investments include...

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Bloomberg opens permanent Times Square plaza

Times Square

(Credit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in Times Square (Agaton Strom))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner cemented their legacy on the city's streetscape Tuesday with a ribbon cutting on the first phase of a permanent Times Square plaza.

Bloomberg joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to announce a newly reconstructed 30,000-sqaure-foot section of Times Square on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd streets that...

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DOT announces grant for public plazas

David Byrne

(Credit: Talking Heads frontman and bicycling enthusiast David Byrne celebrates plaza in Corona (Dan Rivoli))

Pedestrian plazas will soon no longer cater merely to the midtown work crowd thanks to an $800,000 grant aimed at maintaining public space on streets in far-flung outerborough neighborhoods.

City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined Queens elected officials and musician David Byrne at Corona Plaza on Tuesday to announce the two-year grant from JPMorgan Chase.

"We...

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