Metro-North adds trains, Long Island RR expands capacity

New York-area News Wire Digest: New York Stock Exchange prohibits use of public transit; Cuomo defends LaGuardia AirTrain
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A Metro-North train arrives at New Haven's State Street station in August 2019. Metro-North is adding 18 trains to its schedule as of today.
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Wednesday morning New York area rail news:

Metro-North adds trains; LIRR expands capacity
Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road have begun making operating changes in preparation for increased economic activity in the New York area, with the Long Island adding capacity as of Tuesday and Metro-North increasing frequencies today. Metro-North will add 18 trains to its schedule as of today, with additional service on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines. Detailed information is available here. The Long Island, meanwhile, is increasing capacity by 15%, having added 105 cars to its trains as of Tuesday, to bring the daily total of cars in use to more than 800. It also has protect trains in place at 15 locations to respond to need for further capacity. Metropolitan Transportation Authority operations remain for essential travel only, but ridership increases are anticipated as areas outside New York City begin Phase 1 reopenings.

Stock Exchange bans transit use for staff, visitors
The New York Stock Exchange opened Tuesday for the first time since March 23, but use of mass transit is not part of the exchange’s reopening plan. The website Gothamist reports that the NYSE is prohibiting employees and visitors from taking transit — rideshares and private vehicles are the preferred modes of transport — raising questions whether other businesses or organizations might follow suit as New York reopens after its coronavirus shutdown. Brian Fritsch, manager of advocacy campaigns for the Regional Plan Association, a non-profit planning agency for a 31-county area around New York City, called the decision “really frustrating news,” but added, “I don’t think it’s something that is very practical for most employers and most industries in the city.”

AirTrain better than subway to LaGuardia because it can get done, Cuomo says
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday his proposal to build an AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport — the only one of the three major New York-area airports not served by rail transit — reflected the realities of getting a new transit system built. While an extension of the N Train subway would allow a one-seat ride to the airport, rather than requiring a change and an additional ticket, the New York Daily News reports Cuomo said opposition to a subway extension made the AirTrain project preferable.”I don’t want a project that’s going to be in court for 150 years,” Cuomo said. “When I say I’m going to do something, I actually do it.” The proposed $2 billion AirTrain project provide a 6-minute ride to the airport from the No. 7 subway or Long Island Rail Road station at Willets Point.


 




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