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Press Release
June 4, 2003
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MTA To Appeal Today'S Ruling

The MTA intends to appeal to the Appellate Division today's ruling by Judge Robert D. Lippmann rolling back the recent toll increases on MTA bridges and tunnels.

The appeal to the Appellate Division will, as a matter of law, stay the lower court's decision.

Press Release
May 29, 2003
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MTA Board Elects Edward B. "Ted" Dunn Vice Chairman

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors today elected Edward B. "Ted" Dunn as a Vice Chairman of the MTA Board. As Vice Chairman for Finance Mr. Dunn will focus primarily on issues of financial reporting and corporate transparency. With this new leadership position Mr. Dunn joins current Vice Chairman David Mack whose primary focus is MTA operations and security.

Press Release
May 16, 2003
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MTA And TransitChek Reach Access-A-Ride Agreement

Paratransit customers who also take advantage of the benefits of TransitChek can now pay for their trips with Access-A-Ride trip coupons after an agreement was reached between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and TransitCenter, Inc.

This money-saving, pre-tax benefit was temporarily unavailable to Access-A-Ride customers after the NYC Transit token was eliminated earlier this month. However, efforts were ongoing to aid the people who use TransitChek.

Press Release
May 15, 2003
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MTA Requests Fast Appeals Court Ruling

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said today the MTA has taken the unusual step of requesting an appeals court to expedite its consideration of the decision to invalidate the fare increase notice and the MTA Board's decision to raise the fares.

Although Justice York's decision was stayed automatically, as a matter of law, the MTA is seeking the Appellate Division's quick consideration to minimize the uncertainty that this litigation has caused the customers of the system.

Press Release
May 13, 2003
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MTA Announces Sweeping Financial Changes

MTA Executive Director Katherine Lapp today announced sweeping changes in the agency's budget and financial reporting procedures. The procedures will largely mirror those used by New York City in its four-year reporting process.

At today's MTA Finance Committee meeting, Executive Director Lapp said she would recommend that the full MTA Board adopt the new procedures.

Press Release
May 2, 2003
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Statement By The MTA Regarding "A" Bond Rating

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is gratified by Standard & Poor's reaffirmation of MTA's "A" bond rating.

In its statement Standard & Poor's, a recognized and independent bond rating agency noted, "the rating is based on improving operations and ridership trends."

Specifically, Standard & Poor's cited MTA's "strong management track record of maintaining fiscally prudent operations while continuing to invest and upgrade the transit and commuter system."

Press Release
May 2, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Statement On Today'S Court Decision And Bond Rating Assignments

Based on Judge Louis B. York's decision this afternoon the fare increase will go into effect this Sunday at 12:01 AM, as scheduled.

We are confident we will make our case in court again next Friday.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "Raising the fare is an unpopular task, especially in these difficult economic times. Nonetheless, the MTA needs to increase revenues in order to maintain our progress in supplying New Yorkers with a transportation system they deserve."

Press Release
April 1, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Statement Regarding Inspector General Report

Last evening Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter S. Kalikow received a report from the MTA Office of the Inspector General recommending the termination of two MTA employees, Director of Security Louis Anemone and Deputy Director of Security Nick Casale.

The report found that Anemone and Casale obstructed and interfered with an investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General despite repeated direction from the MTA Executive Director to cooperate fully with the investigation.

Press Release
March 14, 2003
IMMEDIATE
St. Patrick's Day Advisory

MTA Police announced today the implementation of a Zero Tolerance policy on alcohol consumption on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, throughout the MTA system. Specifically, open alcohol containers will be strictly prohibited on board trains, platforms, or in stations. Travelers found in possession of an open container may be subject to a criminal summons or arrest.

Press Release
March 11, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Adopts City Smoking Ban At Facilities

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today announced that all tenants in MTA properties must comply with the New York City Clean Indoor Air Act.

In a letter from the MTA's Director of Real Estate, leaseholders at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station were reminded that, "the provisions of your lease require you to abide by New York City's Laws, as well as New York State law."

Furthermore, the leaseholders were reminded that, "the new smoking ban will take effect in New York City on March 30, 2003 and that full compliance is expected."

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