Croton-Harmon Train Station Renovations Are Complete

Aug 30, 2016
Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

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
Bebeto Matthews / AP

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.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

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
Courtesy of MTA

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

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.


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.


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.

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

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.


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'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

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.

In his recent State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a zero percent  corporate income tax for manufacturers tax that locate in upstate New York, but one state Senator from the Hudson Valley says part of his district is being left out. Democrat Terry Gipson of the 41st district says the zero tax should also be offered in the counties that must now pay the MTA payroll tax: Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.

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A northern New York bus manufacturer has landed a contract to build 414 buses for New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Prevost buses
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A Canadian company has been awarded a nearly $165 million contract to build 300 New York City transit buses at its planned Plattsburgh facility.

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The MTA train collision near Fairfield that injured 72 last Friday is still under investigation.

Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the 5th District, said that investigators are still attempting to determine if the derailment was caused by track in disrepair or another factor. Esty, who said that a Congressional hearing will be held on railway safety later today, also said that funding to maintain one of the busiest railway corridors in the Northeast has been “an issue.”

Esty spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner…

Metro-North Works on a Ticket App

Jan 29, 2013

Metro-North customers may have another way to purchase their train tickets next year. They could use an app.

It's Official: Lhota Has Entered the NYC Mayoral Race

Jan 17, 2013
Courtesy of MTA New York City Transit/Marc Hermann

NEW YORK (AP) —The former transit official who led the New York City subway system's recovery from Superstorm Sandy has filed paperwork to run for mayor.


The heads of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Transit were in Plattsburgh Wednesday afternoon.  

Hank Gross

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota visited Dutchess County this week on a "goodwill mission" of sorts - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports:

The MTA owns the Metro-North Railroad which operates the Hudson and Harlem lines in Dutchess County. Joe Lhota  told a crowd of about 200 business people at a County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast that "It's a new day at the MTA."