Service on Metro-North's Hudson Line will be almost fully restored for today's commute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 98% of service will be restored to the line by the morning rush hour.
Service in the area where the derailment occurred will be limited to a single track while crews repair two tracks, according to the MTA.
With service limited to one track for a mile, six trains... » more
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants its workers to drop what they’re doing and think of ways to do their jobs more safely.
The MTA Tuesday announced plans for a “safety stand-down” across its transit agencies that would require workers to temporarily halt operations and use the time to consider safety practices.
An MTA source said workers will “take a fresh look at what they... » more
The engineer at the helm of the Metro-North train that derailed on Sunday told investigators and his union boss that he “nodded” off just before the high-speed fatal crash along a sharp curve in the Bronx, a union representative said Tuesday.
The engineer, William Rockefeller, 46, “caught himself, but he caught himself too late,” said Anthony Bottalico, head of the union representing the Metro-North... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he aims to win his fight for a new tax on top earners to fill a money pot for expanded pre-K programs — and intends to do so by April 1, when the new state fiscal year begins.
That’s especially interesting because for months, it has sounded highly unlikely that the governor and Legislature would agree to a new tax in what will be, for them, an election year.... » more
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday announced a gun buyback on Staten Island Saturday.
The buyback program offers $200 for working handguns and assault rifles and $20 for rifles and shotguns -- no questions asked. Participants will get cash in the form of a bank card for up to three firearms.
The gun buyback event, funded by the NYPD and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's... » more
The teen accused of shooting a 20-year-old who refused to give up his coat and wounding a 14-year-old, who may be paralyzed for life, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Cory Dunton, 16, of the Bronx was charged with attempted murder, multiple counts of assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting last month at the Bryant Park skating... » more
The Rockefeller Christmas tree will be lit Wednesday for the holiday season.
NBC will broadcast the 81st annual tree lighting live from 8 to 9 p.m. during a ceremony hosted by the "Today" show anchors.
It will also feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and the Rockettes, among others.
NBC said the 76-foot Norway spruce will be illuminated with 45,000 multicolored... » more
Not too long ago MTA officials were upset over a 2008 federal law ordering railroads such as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road to install a high-tech system that would automatically stop runaway trains.
They said the expense -- around $900 million -- would gobble up money better spent on big-ticket public-transit expansion projects. They said the commuter railroads already had strong... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio charged forward yesterday with his plan to bring universal prekindergarten to New York City, naming six education experts to develop the program, and vowing he will win a fight in Albany to pay for it with higher taxes on the rich.
“I’m not ever going to be interested in bargaining against myself and this vision,” de Blasio said after reading to preschoolers at an... » more
Electronic cigarettes have boomed in popularity over the last couple of years, according to the city's health department, but plans to regulate the plastic sticks in the same fashion as their paper counterparts has set up a serious debate about the untested product.
The City Council's health committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would regulate e-cigs the same way... » more