MTA votes to hire more cops

18 of 21 MTA board members voted Wednesday in favor of hiring 500 additional MTA Police officers to patrol subways and Long Island Railroad and Metro-North platforms in the coming year.

LIRR adds Positive Train Control on four branches

The MTA has announced that select trains running on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Oyster Bay and West Hempstead branches will become the latest Long Island Rail Road branches to use Positive Train Control, a signal system enhancement that works to reduce the potential for human error leading to train collisions and derailments. 

MTA wants big changes to LIRR contracts

The Transit Authority reportedly wants to nix double-time pay for certain overtime assignments, cap the number of consecutive hours worked at 16, scrutinize sick leave and give itself the option to hire private contractors whenever it wants.

Penn Station overhaul

Officials unveiled renderings of what will be the new main entrance to Penn Station. It will be located at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue and will connect commuters to the Long Island Rail Road concourse and the subways.

MTA overtime monitor

After an emergency board meeting that became very heated on Friday, MTA CEO and Chairman Patrick Foye said an independent monitor will be assigned to investigate allegations of overtime abuse.

MTA excessive overtime

In 2018, the MTA spent more than $1 billion on overtime pay, according to data released by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

LIRR rescue reunion

Brad Wieboldt is lucky to be alive after suffering a massive heart attack two weeks ago. On Wednesday, he was reunited with the young man who helped save his life.

LIRR power lines

Some live power lines fell on train tracks on Long Island, causing service disruptions on the Long Island Rail Road on Monday.

LIRR trains collide with truck

Two Long Island Rail Road trains going in opposite directions collided with a truck that was on the tracks in Westbury Tuesday evening, according to officials. One train then tore into a station platform.

Opposition to LIRR fare hike

Elected officials on Long Island oppose the MTA's plan to raise Long Island Rail Road fares. They said a fare hike is unfair to riders, especially when the railroad's performance is at an all-time low over the past nearly two decades. A letter to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is calling for a forensic audit of the MTA or at the very least the LIRR.

LIRR fare discount pilot program

How would you like to cut your commuting time in half and save money doing it? A pilot program would benefit people living on the edge of Queens and Brooklyn who commute into Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn.

Ambitious mega-transit proposal

What if New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad were all integrated into one massive transit system? Some commuters said that sounds like a great idea. Maybe—but is it realistic? A nonprofit says the idea is not only possible, it is essential to meet the needs of the growing tristate population. The Regional Plan Association is proposing a new system called T-REX, the Trans-Regional Express, to better connect New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

New LIRR president on the job

The new president of the MTA's Long Island Rail Road will be traveling to major transit hubs to talk to commuters about their concerns. Philip Eng's visit to the Mineola train station on Tuesday was far from smooth. He shook hands with commuters and talked to them about improving service just as Amtrak switch problems at Penn Station caused a number of delays and cancellations.