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Press Release
July 3, 2007
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MTA Issues Response to PTSB Report on Platform Gap

The MTA today issued its response to the Public Transportation Safety Board's (PTSB) report on "Best Practices on Managing the Gap". The MTA concurs with the PTSB's recommendations. The response outlines many of the recommended actions that are already being implemented by Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, as well as additional gap mitigation measures that being planned or studied.

Press Release
July 2, 2007
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MTA Makes Personnel Changes^To Address Multiple Organizational Needs

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced a series of personnel changes designed to strengthen the organization's management team. Three senior New York City Transit (NYCT) officials — Barbara Spencer, Millard "Butch" Seay and Ralph Agritelley — will be leaving NYCT to fill critical leadership roles at other MTA agencies, and will be replaced by talent from within the MTA family.

The personnel moves are as follows, effective immediately:

Press Release
June 25, 2007
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MTA Begins Live Broadcast of Meetings on Internet

All Meetings Live and Archived with Captioning for Hearing Impaired;
Agency Meets Executive Order Ahead of Schedule.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today began live broadcasting of all of its public meetings on the agency's website, www.mta.info. The broadcasts comply in advance with Governor Spitzer's Executive Order 3, which requires all public agencies to broadcast meetings by July 1. Every meeting is broadcast with closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Press Release
June 22, 2007
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MTA Police Statement Re: Incident at Garden City

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2007, the Garden City Police Department contacted the MTA Police Department regarding an incident on the Long Island Rail Road right-of-way at South Avenue in Garden City, approximately 1/2 mile from the Garden City station. When MTA PD arrived on the scene, Nassau County EMS personnel were performing CPR on a 16-year-old female who is believed to have come in contact with the electrified third rail at that location. She was transported to Winthrop Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m.

Press Release
June 13, 2007
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MTA Music Under New York (MUNY) Announces Winners of 2007 Auditions

21 Acts Will be Added to the Roster

Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Arts for Transit announced today the selections of 21 acts as a result of the Music Under New York (MUNY) 20th annual auditions held on May 15. To preview new MUNY members, three 2007 winners will be performing this morning at the shuttle platform in Grand Central Terminal.

Press Release
June 12, 2007
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MTA Reaches Agreement with Teamsters to Avert Metro-North Strike

MTA Executive Director and CEO Elliot G. Sander and Teamsters Local 808 Secretary-Treasurer Chris Silvera today announced a contract agreement that will likely eliminate the possibility of a Metro-North Railroad strike this year. The agreement is expected to be ratified by union membership on June 22.

Press Release
June 11, 2007
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Massive Tunnel Boring Machine Lowered in Queens

$10 Million, 200 Ton Equipment Will Dig Tunnel
to Provide LIRR Access to Grand Central

Press Release
June 5, 2007
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MTA Moves Toward Seamless Regional Transportation Network

Regional Trains and Ticketing to Meadowlands in 2009;
Agency Exploring Centralized Call Center Similar to 311

Press Release
June 4, 2007
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MTA Picks Helena Williams to Head Long Island Rail Road

Former Head of Long Island Bus Returns to Run Nation's Busiest Commuter Railroad

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today announced the appointment of Helena E. Williams as President of MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

Press Release
May 31, 2007
IMMEDIATE
MTA Statement: Alcohol Policy on Commuter Railroads

An MTA Board Alcohol Policy Task Force was formed in December 2006, chaired by Board Member Barry Feinstein, to reassess the MTA's position on the sale and consumption of alcohol on its commuter railroads.

The Task Force met monthly from February through May, interviewing relevant internal and external stakeholders, reviewing existing MTA policy and research completed by MTA staff. Following the May meeting, the Task Force issued its final report to MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow and Executive Director and CEO Elliot Sander.

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