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Press Release
February 10, 1997
IMMEDIATE
Fare Dispute Is Settled

E. Virgil Conway, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, announced today that following a federal appellate decision in favor of the MTA, the lawsuit challenging the allocation of subsidies to mass transportation has been discontinued and a settlement reached.

Press Release
February 5, 1997
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Freight Agreement Addresses Community Concerns

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today announced that the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York Atlantic Railway (NYAR) have agreed to a moratorium on the rail movement of municipal solid waste, including ash, and the use of the intermodal facility in Garden City until December 31, 1999. The agreement comes at the request of Governor George E. Pataki, who had expressed his concern to the MTA over issues raised by local officials.

Press Release
January 24, 1997
IMMEDIATE
MTA To Receive Art Award

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive an Award for Excellence in Design from the Art Commission of the City of New York on January 29 for art work that will be installed at the Sheepshead Bay station on the D/Q line in Brooklyn.

E. Virgil Conway, Chairman of the MTA, who will receive the award from Mayor Rudolph V. Giuliani at the City Hall ceremony, said, "I am delighted that the visual contribution the MTA is making to the Sheepshead Bay community has been recognized by the city's Art Commission."

Press Release
January 22, 1997
IMMEDIATE
MTA Kicks Off New Anti-Panhandling Campaign

MTA New York City Transit subway customers will soon be seeing a new version of anti-panhandling posters throughout the system, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today.

Since soliciting anywhere in the system is prohibited, the new ad is intended to discourage customers from giving to panhandlers in the subway. Nevertheless, it encourages New Yorkers who are concerned about helping the homeless to make their donations to City Harvest. This way they can be sure that their money truly gets to those in need.

Press Release
January 8, 1997
IMMEDIATE
Public Hearings Announced On Proposed LIRR Station Closings

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will hold three public hearings on a plan to close 13 stations in Queens and on Long Island due to low customer use and the high cost of rehabilitating the stations to accommodate new diesel cars being purchased for the LIRR.

The stations, which presently have low-level platforms, would require expensive modification to construct high-level platforms to serve the new diesel car fleet. Under this proposal, 12 of these stations would be closed due to low customer usage.

Press Release
January 6, 1997
IMMEDIATE
Colliseum Proposals On Public Display At Columbus Circle

E. Virgil Conway, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), today unveiled the nine plans submitted for the purchase and redevelopment of the New York Coliseum, the MTA-owned property at Columbus Circle. Artist renderings of the proposals and descriptions will be available for public inspection in the lobby at 10 Columbus Circle throughout January.

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