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aquablue Jul 6, 2014 7:03 AM

Laguardia airport was supposed to be redeveloped. I'm surprised nothing has been finalized with the design yet. I'm looking foward to seeing NYC with a proper airport terminal and having it be rid of that current pig sty. Let's hope the design is befitting of NYC.

Perklol Jul 6, 2014 7:30 AM

^So very true. The latest news was several months ago but never heard of anything since.

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Busy Bee Jul 6, 2014 7:47 PM

Kind of reminds me of Madrid Barajas.

Perklol Jul 11, 2014 9:34 AM


Perklol Jul 16, 2014 4:38 AM

MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast's Open Letter to LIRR Customers

July 15th, 2014


The MTA remains committed to settling this matter quickly, but any new agreement must be affordable not just today, but also into the future, without jeopardizing the investments necessary to maintain the service we provide our riders or placing additional pressure on future fares.

In the most recent MTA offer, a current LIRR employee would receive:

• A 17% wage increase over seven years

• An average $22,000 retroactive payment

• Healthcare contributions of just 2% of base salary

• No changes to pension contributions

• No changes to work rules

To afford this offer, the MTA asks that future LIRR employees:

• Contribute 4% to healthcare

• Contribute to their pensions throughout their career as an LIRR employee

• Work more years to reach top pay

Under this plan, both existing and new LIRR employees will remain the highest paid commuter railroad workers in the country, and with the best pension in the industry.

A strike would have a devastating impact. It’s time to have productive negotiations to resolve our differences and return to what we all do best together – serving our LIRR customers.

Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Perklol Jul 18, 2014 11:04 AM

Governor Cuomo Announces Labor Agreement Between MTA and LIRR

July 17th, 2014


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, and United Transportation Union President Anthony Simon, representing a coalition of eight Long Island Rail Road labor unions, have announced an agreement to settle a four-year-old contract dispute between the MTA and the unions. The agreement provides the 17 percent wage increase recommended by the Presidential Emergency Board, and includes the first-ever healthcare contributions from the 5,400 workers that make up the eight unions while protecting commuters and the MTA’s long-term financial stability.

“The Long Island Rail Road is a critical artery in connecting the downstate region, and the men and women who keep it running play a vital role in the lives of our commuters and in the communities that the LIRR serves,” Governor Cuomo said. “Resolving this contract dispute is the right thing to do, and the agreement we have reached today is fair to all parties. It recognizes the many contributions of the LIRR’s hardworking employees, while also maintaining the fiscal integrity of the MTA. I thank everyone involved in these negotiations, especially UTU Chairman Anthony Simon and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast, whose collective dedication to the needs of LIRR commuters made this agreement possible.


Under the terms of the agreement, based on the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board, existing LIRR employees will receive 17 percent raises over a term of 6-1/2 years. To ensure the long-term affordability of these wage increases, all employees will for the first time contribute to their health insurance costs, and new employees will have different wage progressions and pension plan contributions.

The contract will have no impact on MTA fares and will be accommodated within revisions to the MTA financial plan.

The tentative agreement is subject to approval by the eight Long Island Rail Road unions’ executive boards and ratification by their membership, and subsequent approval by the MTA Board.

kilbride102 Jul 21, 2014 8:43 PM

Thank god this strike was averted. However I think its time we look to include public transit inthe group of unions where it is illegal for them to strike like cops and firefighters. An entire region cannot be held hostage while the managers and unions figure out how to divi up fed, state, and straphanger dollars.

M II A II R II K Jul 21, 2014 9:38 PM

Like with the 911 services, transit strikes should be illegal.

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Originally Posted by Eveningsong (Post 6678327)

More Than Half of Citi Bike's Early Members Did Not Renew

I wonder if the publicity from Sharknado 2 will cause a subscription bump.

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