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Press Release
May 2, 2003
IMMEDIATE
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."

Press Release
March 6, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Board Approves Fare And Toll Plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board today approved a financial plan by a unanimous vote that closes a projected two-year deficit with a menu of fare and toll increases tempered by additional multi-ride discounts.

After the proposal was passed, MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "While making a decision to raise fares and tolls is never easy, I am proud to say that the plan we approved today, while perhaps imperfect, truly reflects the input we received from our riders and the general public."

Press Release
March 5, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Chairman Announces Financial Proposal for Board Consideration Tomorrow

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today (Wed.) unveiled the elements of a financial proposal that he will recommend to the full MTA Board at a special meeting being held tomorrow, March 6th at 9:30 at MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Ave, NY, NY.

Press Release
February 27, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Announces Expanded Website Services

Peter S. Kalikow, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, today announced the implementation of new website services available to its over eight million daily customers to access monthly operational and financial data for each of its five (5) operating agencies and to contact the agency via electronic mail.

"We are pleased to be able to take advantage of the technology of the 21st Century and make the MTA more customer friendly," Mr. Kalikow said.

Press Release
February 26, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Compliance with Subpoena

The MTA has fully complied with Comptroller Alan Hevesi's subpoena and furnished all materials requested in the required time period.

Director of Budget Gary Caplan, Director of Finance Kimberley Paparello, and Senior Budget Director Sharon Lubitz have also made themselves available for questions.

Press Release
February 24, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Advisory on Special Meeting

[[Thursday, March 6, 9:30 A.M.]]

The Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will convene a special meeting. The topics for the special meeting will be to consider proposed options for fare and toll increases, subway station booth closings, and the elimination of the token. In accordance with our established procedures public speakers will be allowed two minutes each. This meeting will take place in the 5th floor Board Room at 347 Madison Avenue.

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