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Press Release
April 28, 2004
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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.

Press Release
April 26, 2004
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Patrick J. Mccoy Named MTA Director Of Finance

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has named Patrick J. McCoy as MTA Director of Finance. Mr. McCoy, age 39, has served as MTA Deputy Director of Finance since 2002 under Kim Paparello who left the MTA last month.

"Pat McCoy has a proven record of managing MTA public financing and I am confident he will help maintain our strong bond ratings and continued access to markets for Capital Program funding," said MTA Executive Director Katherine N. Lapp.

Press Release
April 5, 2004
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MTA Unveils Photo Exhibit Celebrating Subway Centennial

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today unveiled a special centennial photo exhibit titled, {{The New York Subway: A Centennial Celebration}}. The photographic exhibit of images selected from the archives of the prestigious photographic agency Magnum Photos is located in the window-shaped lightboxes at the Lower Level Dining Concourse of Grand Central Terminal and is part of the MTA Arts for Transit Lightbox Project.

Press Release
March 24, 2004
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MTA Kicks Off "Centennial Sounds"^Music Celebrating 100 Years Of The NYC Subway

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts For Transit today kicked off "Centennial Sounds," a series of Music Under New York (MUNY) performances celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New York City Subway. Today's performance at the shuttle platform of Grand Central marked the beginning of many performances scheduled to run throughout the centennial year.

Press Release
March 15, 2004
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MTA's CityTicket Sales Top 100,000

[[Thousands of City Residents Using Discounted Fare on LIRR and Metro-North]]

More than 100,000 CityTickets have been sold since the MTA's discount fare program for weekend travel was launched on January 10. The CityTicket fare of $2.50 is available for Saturday and Sunday travel within the City on LIRR and Metro-North.

"We are very pleased that CityTicket has been such an enormous success at this early stage," said MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow. "Taking the LIRR or Metro-North Railroad are great ways to get around the City."

Press Release
February 27, 2004
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Statement By MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow^ Regarding Capital Plan Amendment

I am distressed by the Assembly's veto of the MTA's Capital Plan amendment. It is particularly disturbing that this veto was issued without explanation after extensive briefings and information were provided over the last month. It is unfortunate that despite our efforts critical capital needs, which would allow us to enhance our transportation system, cannot be advanced.

Press Release
February 24, 2004
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MTA Police Arrest Man For MetroCard Theft

A 27 year old Bronx resident, James Barzola, was arrested Monday for stealing over $35,000 worth of MetroCards form the Long Island Rail Road.

Barzola, an employee of Cap-Tech Inc., a company contracted by the LIRR to provide maintenance on automated ticket machines located at LIRR stations, was charged with four counts of grand larceny and four counts of possession of stolen property.

Press Release
February 20, 2004
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Expanded Subway Service Starts Sunday

[[Four-Track Manhattan Bridge Service Returns Bringing Route Changes, Increased Service]]

MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and elected officials Friday morning for an inaugural run of MTA New York City Transit's expanded Manhattan Bridge subway service. Beginning Sunday, for the first time in nearly 20 years, almost 600,000 daily subway customers will be able to take advantage of four-track train service across the Manhattan Bridge.

Press Release
January 29, 2004
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Statement From MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow Regarding MTA Board Approval Of Funding Acceleration For Purchase Of New Rail Cars

The MTA's mandate is to provide safe and reliable mass transportation to all our customers in the metropolitan region. Today's Board action is an acceleration of a contract that was scheduled to go into effect next year. In fact a similar acceleration was taken in 1999 on behalf of the City of New York to purchase 112 additional subway cars at a cost of $161 million.

Press Release
January 20, 2004
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Transit Riders Benefiting From New Metrocard Insurance

[[More Transit Customers Now Using Discount MetroCard]]

Thousands of New Yorkers have had money on their lost or stolen MetroCards returned to them through the MTA's MetroCard Balance Protection program since its introduction in October 2003. A total of 9,292 balance protection claims have been validated since October including 247 second claim customers. The average value of a credit issued is $40.57.

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