MTA, Amtrak, NJ Transit & Port Authority Launch April 16 #SoundTheHorn Campaign to Honor #HeroesMovingHeroes
Action Advances MTA’s #HeroesMovingHeroes Campaign Paying Tribute to 74,000 Incredible MTA Workers
Tuesday, April, 14,2020-
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), together with Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and regional bus and ferry operators, today launched a coordinated effort to simultaneously sound vehicle horns on Thursday, April 16 to honor heroic transportation workers across the region. As a tribute to #HeroesMovingHeroes on the front lines of this public health crisis, all trains and buses running in service will give two one-second horn blasts at 3:00 p.m. in solidarity with partner agencies. Heroic transportation workers continue to provide critical service for healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sounding of horns advances the MTA’s #HeroesMovingHeroes campaign, which is dedicated to honoring the agency’s employees. The campaign was first launched on April 6 and features heroic frontline transportation workers who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty during this challenging time. The coalition of agencies invites transit agencies across the country to participate as well.
“Our employees are heroes,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “They are courageously coming to work each day to perform their essential duties, which are critically important to this region during the pandemic. We hope this action will draw attention to their efforts and help further our employees’ spirit of solidarity with all New Yorkers.”
“Every hero deserves to be recognized and thanked for their courage, selflessness and the help they are providing to this country during this time,” said Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Commercial Officer Stephen Gardner. “We are proud to participate with our partners and ‘sound our horns’ by honoring and thanking all of the heroes in the New York metropolitan area and across the nation who continue their essential and heroic service.”
“Our region’s frontline transit employees deserve all the thanks and recognition we can give them right now,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “This effort is a small yet powerful way for us to show our appreciation for the brave, selfless transit workers who continue to show up every day, under some of the most challenging conditions any of us have ever seen. They are moving essential personnel like hospital workers, first responders, and others who are literally working to save lives. By extension, these frontline transit employees are also helping to save lives and are performing a vital public service.”
“The essential workers who operate and maintain our transportation systems are committed to keeping the region’s first responders, healthcare workers, grocery and delivery workers, and all other essential workers moving to where they need to go safely, reliably, and efficiently,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The Port Authority is proud to join our transportation partners in honoring the heroes moving heroes.”
There are 74,00 employees operating, dispatching, maintaining, policing and rebuilding the MTA’s system, including New York City Transit’s subways and buses, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and MTA Bridges and Tunnels during this pandemic.
The partner agencies expect that there will be nearly 4,400 trains, buses and ferries in service on Thursday afternoon to participate in the coordinated sounding of horns.
Anyone who sees or hears trains, buses or ferries sounding their horns at 3 p.m. on Wednesday is encouraged to use the #SoundTheHorn hashtag to post audio and video, and tag the agency on the platform of their choice.
Dutchess County recognizes the importance of these workers to the economic health and vitality of our area. Our prime location, with access to air, rail and road service both locally, regionally and internationally make these workers essential to our success. We encourage you to take part in honoring these heroes with us on Thursday, April 16. #ThinkDutchess #SoundTheHorn #HeroesMovingHeroes