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Press Release
February 1, 2017
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MTA Announces Appointment of Owen Monaghan as Chief of MTA Police Department

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Owen J. Monaghan has been appointed as the new Chief of Police of the MTA Police Department.

Chief Monaghan succeeds Chief Michael R. Coan, who led the MTA Police Department for eight and a half years, the longest serving police chief in department history.

Press Release
January 30, 2017
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Governor Cuomo Announces Veronique Hakim Will Serve as Interim Executive Director of the MTA

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that Veronique Hakim will serve as the interim Executive Director of the MTA while a seven-person committee conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Hakim is a lifelong transportation professional who has spent more than 24 years at the MTA, including serving as President of New York City Transit since December 2015. MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer will serve as Acting Chairman during the search for a permanent replacement.

Press Release
January 25, 2017
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MTA Board Keeps Base Fare Flat; Approves Lowest Fare, Toll Increases since 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today voted to keep the base fare flat for another two years in approving the lowest fare and toll increase since 2009, when the MTA committed to a biennial schedule for regular increases.

Press Release
January 23, 2017
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LIRR, Metro-North Railroad Break Ridership Records

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are seeing record ridership numbers, with LIRR carrying 89.3 million customers in 2016, a 1.9% increase over last year and the highest ridership since 1949. Metro-North Railroad carried approximately 86.5 million in 2016, the highest ridership in Metro-North’s history.

Press Release
January 23, 2017
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MTA Expands Sleep Apnea Program Systemwide; Becomes First Public Transportation Agency to Offer Specialized Screening, Treatment for the Disorder

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is proposing the expansion of sleep apnea screening and treatment to Long Island Rail Road train engineers and conductors, New York City Transit subway train operators and conductors, and bus operators for New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company, becoming the first public transportation agency to systematically screen employees for obstructive sleep apnea and offer priority, specialized treatment to employees.

Press Release
January 12, 2017
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MTA Announces Service Details for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that train and bus services will operate on special schedules in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 16. Details are below.

New York City Subway, Buses and Staten Island Railway

The New York City Subway will operate on a weekday schedule with minor timing changes. Customers are advised to allow additional travel time. The Staten Island Railway will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Press Release
January 5, 2017
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Cellular Connectivity in Underground Subway Stations One Year Ahead of Schedule

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that cell phone coverage in underground subway stations will be available a full year ahead of schedule, with all four carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, present across underground stations as of Monday, January 9th. In addition, Wi-Fi has been installed in underground stations a full two years ahead of schedule. The MTA’s early delivery was in response to the Governor’s directive at the beginning of 2016 to accelerate the project.

Press Release
January 2, 2017
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Statements from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast will retire from public service in early 2017. Tom’s career with the MTA has spanned more than 25 years. He previously served as president of NYC Transit, president of the Long Island Railroad, and as MTA Chairman and CEO since June of 2013.

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Press Release
January 1, 2017
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Video & Photos: Governor Cuomo and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast Ride First Regular Service Train on the Second Avenue Subway

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast today rode the first regular service train on the Second Avenue Subway. Before the train left the 96th Street Station, the Governor greeted passengers and thanked the local residents and business owners.

PHOTOS of the Governor greeting the first passengers on the Second Avenue Subway today will be available on the Governor’s Flickr page.

Press Release
January 1, 2017
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Video, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo and Chairman Prendergast Celebrate On-Time Opening of Second Avenue Subway With Inaugural New Year's Eve Ride

Earlier this evening, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo celebrated the on-time arrival of the Second Avenue Subway – the system’s first major expansion in more than 50 years – with the line’s inaugural ride. The new line’s first ride and celebratory party were cohosted by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and attended by Second Avenue Subway and MTA workers, local community members, dignitaries, local elected officials and members of President Obama’s Cabinet.

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