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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."

Press Release
July 7, 2004
MTA Music Under New York Launches A Summer Concert Series, {{Above Ground}}

MTA Arts for Transit announces {{Above Ground[/i], a special Music Under New York (MUNY) series of performances scheduled above the subway system this summer on New York City streets and other busy locations.

"MUNY has made the subway ride an enjoyable experience and Above Ground is a great way to share the success of the program with new audiences all around New York, " said MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow. "Music is part of the summertime excitement, and we are very pleased that MUNY musicians are enlightening the transit system with above and underground performances."

Press Release
June 30, 2004
MTA/Music Under New York's 17th Annual Audition

[[GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL/Vanderbilt Hall Wednesday, June 30th 2004, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.]]

MTA, Arts for Transit will have approximately 73 acts participating in the 17th Annual Music Under New York (MUNY) Audition. A talent committee selected the acts to audition from over 200 submissions.

The MUNY Audition is divided into two parts: a morning session from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00noon, and an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Audition will be held in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, and is open to the public.

Press Release
June 1, 2004
MTA Rolls Out Subway Centennial Map^Subway History at Rider's Finger-tips

With the most up-to-date subway map on one side and a collection of vintage system guides on the reverse, subway riders can now use the new special-edition Centennial Map to find out how to get where they're going, while at the same time, learning where the system has been, announced MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today.

The Centennial Map is part of the MTA's year-long celebration of the New York City Subway Centennial (1904-2004) and commemorates the history of the New York City Subway. More than 1 million of the maps will be available for distribution beginning June 1st.

Press Release
May 25, 2004
Advisory for Wednesday, May 26th, 4 P.M.

The MTA will present the final design for the new Fulton Street Transit Center. The design will be made available to the public at the American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place (one block south of Washington Square Park).

[[(Editors Note: Because of various deadline constraints there will be a press preview at 2 P.M.)]]

Press Release
April 28, 2004
Ed Watt Begins Term On MTA Board

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board today welcomed recently appointed member Ed Watt to his first Board meeting. Mr. Watt joins the MTA Board as a nonvoting member recommended by the Transport Workers Union.

Mr. Watt is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of Transport Workers Union Local 100. Prior to his election as Secretary-Treasurer Mr. Watt spent 20 years operating buses for New York City Transit out of the Ulmer Park and Flatbush depots in Brooklyn.