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Press Release
September 13, 2006
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MTA Re-Launches Emergency Evacuation Information Campaign

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced today that it is distributing more than 750,000 updated copies of emergency evacuation information brochures to subway and commuter railroad riders.

The ongoing campaign, originally launched on New York City Transit (NYCT), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR) in 2004, has been expanded and is being reissued to coincide with National Preparedness Month.

Press Release
August 23, 2006
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MTA Straphangers/Commuters Vote With Their Feet (and Metrocards)

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today offered statistical evidence to show that, over the past eleven years, the MTA's ridership increases have far outpaced the region's population growth. Chairman Kalikow attributed the impressive ridership growth to the improvements made at the authority as well as the introduction of MetroCard discounts.

Press Release
August 9, 2006
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MTA Long Island Rail Road President James J. Dermody to Retire September 1st

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter S. Kalikow announced today the retirement of MTA Long Island Rail Road President James J. Dermody.

Mr. Dermody, a 48-year employee of MTA Long Island Rail Road, will retire effective September 1, 2006.

In announcing the retirement, Chairman Kalikow said, "Jim Dermody has been an exceptional president who has made terrific progress in bringing newer equipment, enhanced customer communication, and better on-time performance for LIRR riders. His will be very big shoes to fill."

Press Release
June 12, 2006
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MTA Launches New Homepage Design

The MTA today introduced a newly designed homepage in a continuing effort to make its website more customer friendly. The new homepage features an easier-to-read two-column format. Customers will find the information they need faster with color-coded categories for important news, numbers, programs, and regional transit. In addition, the MTA homepage will feature photography showcasing the transportation network and interesting facts about the system and travel-related topics.

Press Release
May 10, 2006
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Statement From MTA Executive Director Katherine N. Lapp On Comptroller's Report

"We will take under advisement the Comptroller's and other elected officials' calls to forego a 2007 fare increase as we update our four year financial plan in July, a process consistent with the financial reporting practices adopted by the MTA in 2003. Our responsibility is to develop a long term budget plan to maintain a cost-effective, safe and reliable transportation network for our 8 million daily riders for years to come.

Press Release
April 18, 2006
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Statement from MTA Spokesman Tom Kelly on TWU Re-Vote

"As always, the MTA remains willing and prepared to discuss any fair alternative solution of the current round of collective bargaining with the union. As we have said repeatedly, voting on the old contract that the membership rejected after PERB moved the bargaining dispute to binding arbitration, is an empty gesture."

Press Release
April 10, 2006
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Statement from MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow on Justice Jones' Ruling

"Justice Theodore Jones' criminal contempt ruling against TWU officials reflects the gravity of the union's decision to knowingly and willfully violate the law."

Press Release
March 15, 2006
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Statement from MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow

I believe PERB should have moved this dispute to arbitration immediately after the membership of the TWU rejected the proposed agreement. Nevertheless, MTA has continued to participate in PERB's mediation process. While I am always hopeful a voluntary agreement can be reached, the fact is that two months have already been wasted and the public is entitled to know that an orderly process pursuant to state law is underway. Put simply, this dispute should be sent to arbitration. Period.

Press Release
January 23, 2006
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MTA Names Lewis D. Schiliro Director of Interagency Preparedness

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Executive Director Katherine Lapp today announced the hiring of renowned security expert Lewis D. Schiliro to a new position as Director of Inter-Agency Preparedness. Mr. Schiliro, a twenty-five year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is a former director of the F.B.I's New York field office.

Press Release
January 20, 2006
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Statement From Peter S. Kalikow on TWU Local 100 Contract Rejection

I am disappointed that the TWU Local 100 membership rejected the contract offer reached by the MTA and the union leadership after hundreds of hours of negotiation. That offer addressed the economic needs of our workers while recognizing the significant financial difficulties facing the MTA and its customers in the years to come.

The MTA is amenable to meeting with the union in the coming days. However, in order to ensure a timely resolution of this matter for the sake of all New Yorkers, we will also begin to take the necessary steps to pursue binding arbitration.

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