New MetroCards hit the streets this week as Governor comments on possible fare increase

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The “I Love New York” campaign is coming to MetroCards. The commemorative cards will hit the streets this week, according to the Governor’s office. Specific details about issuing the MetroCards are being worked out.

Billions in federal funding is on it’s way to New York State for storm-related repair and reconstruction projects. About $3.5 billion will be used for transit repairs and improvements to protect the system against the next storm. When asked about a potential fare increase in 2015, Governor Cuomo explained the difference between money for capital projects versus operational expenses.

“In terms of the reconstruction and the resiliency, we are in good shape there,” Governor Cuomo said.

“Will you keep an eye on the discussion about the fare increase,” PIX11 Reporter Greg Mocker asked.

“Of course we are,” Cuomo responded.

Special edition MetroCard

MetroCards will be getting some New York-style love starting Oct. 29.

It’s part of a new effort to get visitors to explore parts of New York via public transportation that were hit by Hurricane Sandy. As the anniversary of Sandy approaches, New York State is working with the MTA to promote destinations around the state. Information is on the MTA’s website. The Governor’s office provided the following information and links:

For more information on tourism in New York, visit

New York City Transit Deals:

Take the subway to Coney Island and enjoy a nickel hotdog at Nathan’s Famous on the Boardwalk. Print the ad on the MTA’s Deals and Discounts web page to buy one at regular price and get a second Nathan’s hot dog for 5 cents, through December 31. Save $7 on a Luna Park weekday wristband and save $2 at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park off the purchase of a Kiddie Park 10 pack.

Show your MetroCard at historic Trust Houses around the state. Show your MetroCard at any Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music Series concert* at The Morgan Library & Museum or the Brooklyn Museum and receive a ticket to the concert and all-day admission to the museum (subject to availability).

Long Island Rail Road Deals & Getaways:

The LIRR offers The Montauk Village & Golf package to help customers discover the natural beauty at the tip of Long Island. Package includes discounted round-trip rail, taxi stubs to town, and a deals coupon with discounts at participating merchants. For golf lovers, a legendary course with ocean views is open 364 days of the year. Take advantage of our Montauk Village Package – offered daily (call 631-668-2428 for Montauk Chamber of Commerce information).

The LIRR is working closely with its East End partners and the Wine Council to promote this year’s “Taste of North Folk” events during Veteran’s Day Weekend Nov 9-11, where free shuttle service will connect at LIRR North Fork stations and transport visitors to various wineries and food establishments on the North Fork.
Take advantage of the LIRR’s Port Jefferson Package – offered daily. This package includes round-trip rail to/from Port Jefferson Station, two Lindy’s Taxi vouchers and an LIRR/Port Jeff Deals Coupon – good for offers at participating merchants. Upcoming Events at Port Jeff include: 3rd Annual Harvest Festival: Oct 27; Dickens Festival: December 6 – 8th.

The Arches at Deer Park has more than 70 stores, a movie theater, ice skating in the winter and Tuscan Village style. The Arches is conveniently located a short distance from the Deer Park LIRR Train Station. The package includes rail fare to Deer Park station, Outlet Shuttle for a short ride to the center and a coupon book. On Saturday, Nov 16, the Annual Tree Lighting celebration commences with special appearances by a Radio City Rockette.

Metro-North Railroad Deals & Getaways:

Cultural escapes are offered year-round, with discount Getaway packages to museums and art centers throughout the Hudson Valley. Popular venues include Dia:Beacon, Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Katonah Art Museum and the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack.

Relax aboard a Metro-North train and eat well during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week November 4– 17. Of the more than 150 restaurants participating, 56 are located near Metro-North train stations on the Hudson, Harlem, New Haven and Port Jervis lines.

Metro-North also makes it easy to enjoy the Hudson Valley for more than a day, with hotel packages that include rail tickets, shuttle service and discount room rates in the fall and winter.