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Press Release
November 3, 2003
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MTA Transit's Legendary Redbirds Make Final Trip

[[40 Year Old Subway Cars Noted For Durability]]

MTA New York City Transit's legendary Redbirds have made their farewell journey. The last 11-car train of Tuscan-red cars operated Monday, November 3rd, on the Flushing Line between Times Square and Willets Point before being permanently retired from service.

Press Release
October 31, 2003
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Final Redbird Subway Train Retired From Passenger Service

On Monday, November 3, 2003 the last of the 40-year-old Redbird subway cars will be retired from passenger service. Retirement of the Redbirds from service was made possible through the MTA's 2000-2004 Capital Program investment of $2 billion in high-tech subway cars that are more comfortable and reliable.

Press Release
October 16, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Amended Advisory: Oct. 16 Event Postponed

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16th

The MTA "transit tax benefit" event previously advised for Thursday, October 16th, at 11:30 a.m. in Grand Central Terminal has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Press Release
October 15, 2003
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Advisory for Oct. 16 Press Conference to Kickoff Campaign Encouraging Use of Pre-Tax Transit Benefits

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16th , 11:30 A.M.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow and MTA Executive Director Katherine N. Lapp will join New York business leaders at a news conference on the main concourse in Grand Central Terminal to kickoff a campaign encouraging use of money saving pre-tax transit benefits.

The transit benefit program allows employees to save up to $100 in pre-tax earnings each month toward the purchase of their MetroCard or commuter railroad passes.

Press Release
October 14, 2003
IMMEDIATE
CityTicket to Begin in January on LIRR and Metro-North

Discounted $2.50 Fare Available for Weekend Travel

Beginning January 10th on Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road the new CityTicket fare of $2.50 will be available on weekends for one-way trips within the City.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "This service is a result of the MTA Board's desire to provide customers with additional affordable transportation options."

Press Release
October 7, 2003
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MTA Kicks Off Subway Centennial Celebration

At a news conference at Grand Central Station today, MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow joined Subway Centennial Committee Chairman E. Virgil Conway to announce a yearlong celebration of the New York City subway's centennial.

Chairman Kalikow said, "The subway made New York what it is today and it is only appropriate for all New Yorkers to be reminded of its rich history. It is that history we intend to celebrate over the course of the next year throughout the city."

Press Release
September 25, 2003
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MTA Names James J. Dermody LIRR President

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

Mr. Dermody, a 45-year employee of the MTA Long Island Rail Road, most recently served as the LIRR's Acting President. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Press Release
September 25, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Metrocard Balance Protection Begins Oct. 1st

Unused Balances On Lost 30-Day Cards Refundable

Beginning Wednesday, October 1st, MetroCard users who purchase their 30-day discount cards using a debit or credit card at MetroCard Vending Machines or MetroCard Express Machines will be protected from loss or theft by the balance protection program.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "Today's announcement is a result of the MTA Board's desire to provide customers with insurance on their $70 30-day MetroCard should it be lost or stolen."

Press Release
September 23, 2003
IMMEDIATE
MTA Statement Regarding Court Of Appeals Action

The MTA was informed today that the Court of Appeals denied the motion for leave to appeal by the petitioners in the fare and toll increase cases.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "We are pleased that the unanimous ruling by the Appellate Division will stand. The MTA Board's March 2003 determination to increase fares and tolls for the first time in eight years was a difficult decision made in the best interests of our regional transportation system."

Press Release
September 16, 2003
IMMEDIATE
Transit Museum Located At Historic Brooklyn Subway Station Reopened By MTA

The New York Transit Museum officially reopened today after extensive renovations to the historic IND subway station that houses the Museum. For over a quarter century the New York Transit Museum's collections of vintage Subway cars and memorabilia has served as a popular destination for both nostalgic New Yorkers and train enthusiasts worldwide.

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, "The refurbished museum looks terrific. When you walk down into this historic subway station populated with old turnstiles and vintage BMT subway cars you feel like you traveled back in time."

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