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Press Release
July 13, 2005
Statement from Peter S. Kalikow on the approval of the MTA's 2005-2009 Capital Plan

"I am very pleased that the Capital Program Review Board has approved the MTA's 2005-2009 Capital Plan. The MTA will now be able to continue the progress it has made in revitalizing the region's transportation network by purchasing vital equipment like new buses and subway and commuter rail cars, maintaining the infrastructure of the system to ensure the safety and reliability of service as well as advancing our ambitious expansion plans.

Press Release
May 16, 2005
MTA Music Under New York's 18th Annual Live Audition

The MTA Arts for Transit's 18th Annual Music Under New York (MUNY)
Audition is being held today in Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall.
This year's event presents over 70 musicians who are performing in front
of a live audience in a day-long marathon concerts. MUNY performers act
in over 25 MTA transit locations in New York.

Press Release
May 13, 2005
Media Advisory

The MTA's 18th Annual Music Under New York (MUNY) Audition is being held Monday May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall. Over 70 artists will perform live in front of the judges. Access the Terminal at the 42nd Street & Park Avenue entrance. Vanderbilt Hall is also accessible from the Main Concourse of the terminal.

Press Release
March 21, 2005
Statement On West Side Rail Yard Bids

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that it has received five
bids as final offers for the development rights to the western portion
of the LIRR West Side Rail Yard. Two of the bids were deemed as non-
responsive. The bids were submitted by TransGas Energy System, the New
York Jets, LLC, Cablevision, and the two non- responsive bids were from
Missak Financial Group, and World Network International.

Press Release
February 15, 2005
MTA Asks For Best and Final Offers For West Side Rail Yard

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today sent letters to the New York Jets,
LLC and Madison Square Garden, LP advising the parties that the MTA is
seeking best and final offers for the development rights attendant to
the western portion of the LIRR West Side Rail Yard to be submitted to
the MTA no later than Monday, March 21, 2005. Responsive bids are expected
to be presented to the MTA Board for consideration at its March 31st meeting.

Press Release
February 8, 2005
MTA Responds to MSG Offer for West Side Rail Yards

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today responded to a February 4, 2005 offer
from Madison Square Garden, LLP., ("MSG") to develop the LIRR West Side
Rail Yards. He also sent a letter to the New York Jets, LLC., proposing
a non-binding arbitration process to determine the fair market value of
the rental of air rights and other real property interests for the construction
of a New York Sports and Convention Center.

Press Release
February 7, 2005
MTA Emergency Evacuation Videos Now Available On the Web

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has posted special easy-to-
understand videos on its website to provide its customers with important
information on subway and train evacuation in the event of an emergency.

"The safety of our customers is our number one priority," said MTA Chairman
Peter S. Kalikow. "We want our riders to be aware of the safety procedures
that will help to ensure a safe ride throughout the metropolitan region."

Press Release
February 7, 2005
MTA Transportation Revenue Bonds Rated "A" $7.3 Billion in Outstanding Debt Affirmed by Three Rating Agencies

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today it has
received strong single "A" ratings on MTA Transportation Revenue Bonds
from the three rating agencies. The ratings were requested by the MTA
in advance of the first 2005 bond sale of approximately $500 million in
fixed-rate, tax-exempt bonds. Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings
each issued an "A" rating, and Moody's Investors Service issued its "A2"
rating. The ratings apply to the new issuance of bonds and are affirmed

Press Release
October 28, 2004
Statement from MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow on Comptroller Hevesi's 10/28/04 Press Release

There is nothing new in the State Comptroller's report. His report merely validates the financial data which the MTA has been reporting for months, namely that its deficits - projected to steadily grow from $745 million in 2005 to $2 billion in 2008 - are significant. A detailed presentation of these deficits has been posted on our website ( since July of 2004.

Press Release
August 26, 2004
Safety Vests to Protect MTA K-9 Unit^Donation Enhances the Safety of Trained Dogs

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter Kalikow acknowledged Dr. Joan Zofnass for the donation of vests to the MTA K-9 Unit to enhance the safety of dogs. Dr. Zofnass honored her late sister's wish to protect animals by donating resources to safeguard their well being.

"This gift is an outstanding example of public spiritedness and the mark of a real New Yorker," Kalikow said. "I know all the MTA Police Officers and all the members of the K-9 Unit appreciate your generosity and forethought in donating protective vests for this special unit."