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MTA Chief Outlines Commuter Rail Initiatives

Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chairman and CEO, last week outlined what $2.3 billion in initiatives will do for the Metro-North commuter railroad.
Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chairman and CEO, last week outlined what $2.3 billion in initiatives will do for the Metro-North commuter railroad. Photo Credit: Submitted

Radical changes in ridership and technology mean it’s more important than ever Metro-North gets back on track, says an agency official, according to a report by lohud.com.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast told local movers and shakers in Rye Brook last week that $2.3 billion in initiatives, such as electronic ticketing, safety systems, new passenger cars and access to Penn Station from the New Haven Line, will help do that, lohud.com reported.

The MTA's $30 billion capital plan, which took more than a year to approve, also will pay for improving communications about system problems and for renovations at several train stations, Prendergast said at a meeting of the Business Council of Westchester Friday, the lohud.com story said.

MTA Metro-North announced last week it planned to start testing a free smartphone app that will let commuters buy their tickets on their iPhones, Androids or Blackberrys using their debit or credit cards.

The time-stamped electronic ticket shows up on the phone’s screen as a secure image and a bar code that a conductor can scan with a hand-held device.

To read the full lohud.com story, click here.

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