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May 2021

Meet the Author – Michael Hearst’s Unconventional Vehicles

Saturday, May 22 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free Online Program

What's the strangest kind of transportation you've ever heard of?  Author and musician Michael Hearst may be able to top it!  To celebrate the release of his new book and album Unconventional Vehicles: Forty-Five of the Strangest Cars, Trains, Planes, Submersibles, Dirigibles, and RocketsHearst will share some of his favorite quirky and unusual vehicles with us and also sing some original tunes.  Join us for this fun peek into the world of wild and wacky transportation! 

Free online program, recommended for ages 5 and up

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June 2021

Work & Co.: The New Live MTA Map

Thursday, June 3 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

There have been many iterations of the NYC subway map over the years, each designed to help straphangers successfully navigate the extensive system. For the new digital Live Subway Map, a first of its kind guide to navigating the subway system in real time, the MTA collaborated with the Transit Innovation Partnership and Work & Co., a Brooklyn-based global design and technology firm. Using the MTA’s own data, the map continually updates routes to illustrate current and accurate train service status for a more user-friendly and convenient tool for riders.

Join us after-hours with the Work & Co. team to explore the process behind the New York City subway map’s first major redesign in four decades. Learn about elements of earlier map designs that were incorporated, discover how the designers worked through challenges they encountered, and see the innovative features of the new, dynamic map.

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Meet Author and Illustrator Brian Floca

Saturday, June 5 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Free Online Program
Cover of the book Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca. A delivery worker rides a bicycle on a City street, along with a truck and an ambulance.

"There are still some people out on the streets,

driving this and that, heading from here to there.

They might be family, friends, or strangers.

They're there because we need them.


They're the people keeping the city going."


Join us online for a behind-the-scenes look at Keeping the City Going, Brian Floca’s beautiful new picture book that pays tribute to the essential workers, including public transit workers, who have been helping New Yorkers through the past year. Listen to parts of the story as Floca shares his process, including sketches and neighborhood photos, for creating this touching snapshot of an unprecedented time. 

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of numerous acclaimed children's books, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11Lightship, and The Racecar Alphabet

Free online program for all ages

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All Aboard for a Party on Wheels with Dan + Claudia Zanes!

Saturday, June 12 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

All aboard! Join Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes on Saturday, June 12th as they take the Transit Museum stage online! Settle in with a virtual walkthrough of some of our favorite vintage train cars before the show, and then dance and sing along to some favorite Dan + Claudia tunes right from home! We’ll close out the event with time for a few questions for our special guests, and a music- and transit-inspired drawing activity. 

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OMNY: New York’s New Fare Payment System

Thursday, June 17 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10/ Free for Members

If you have taken a ride on a New York City subway or bus recently, you may have noticed new electronic readers on the turnstiles or near the bus doors. OMNY, which stands for One Metro New York, is New York’s new fare payment system that allows riders to ‘tap and go’ and pay their fare using a contactless card or smart device. Starting with the 2019 public pilot at select subway stations and buses, OMNY has now expanded to all remaining subway stations and buses and is on track to reach the final phase of its rollout in 2023. 


Join us after-hours to explore the history of the project from its inception to installation with members of the OMNY team, Wayne Lydon, Director of MTA Fare Payment Programs, Dante Brunetti, Director, Operational Applications and Eddie Giha, Deputy Director, Capital Contracting & Facilities, and discover the process behind the rollout of the first fare payment update since the MetroCard. 

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