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Press Release
February 25, 2009
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MTA New York City Transit Ulmer Park Bus Operator Hero

Ulmer Park bus operator Anthony Mocerino was waiting for repairs to be made to his bus when just a few feet away, a purse-snatcher assaulted a woman during a brazen daylight robbery. Unable to just stand by and watch, the veteran bus operator ran him down, caught him and then handed him over to the police. For his actions, Mocerino was honored at this morning's meeting of the MTA Board.

Press Release
February 25, 2009
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MTA Staten Island Railway Ridership Figures Show Impressive Gains for 2008

Last year, MTA Staten Island Railway (SIR) saw an impressive gain in ridership attributable to a series of factors, including the increase of p.m. rush hour express service and the unprecedented jump in gasoline prices which persuaded many commuters to leave their cars at home.

From 2007, annual ridership climbed 6.1% to 4.38 million in 2008 while the average number of customers using SIR on an average weekday rose 5.1% to 15,713.

Press Release
February 20, 2009
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MTA NYC Transit Ridership Shows Continuing Growth In 2008

Fueled in part by higher prices at the pump, strong economic activity during the first half of the year, increased tourism and new residential development, NYC Transit combined bus and subway ridership in 2008 increased 3.1 percent from 2007 to 2.37 billion, the highest since 1965. The increase was led by an annual subway ridership of 1.62 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent from 2007 and the highest annual subway ridership since 1950.

Press Release
February 18, 2009
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NYC Transit Introduces Trip Planner Interactive Map

The Interactive Map, a new feature of MTA NYC Transit's on-line itinerary service Trip Planner, opens up a new way for customers to search, locate and pinpoint destinations, as well as places of interest in and around the five boroughs. Using the tools of the Interactive Map, obtaining a travel itinerary using the NYC Transit subway or bus network will be as easy as marking two points on the map. Released in a Beta format today as an option on the Trip Planner homepage, the Interactive Map promises to change the way customers navigate the City and plan their trips.

Press Release
February 13, 2009
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Subway Rider Report Card Results Are In For The V Line

On the second go around to gauge subway rider satisfaction with V subway service, MTA New York City Transit received 998 Rider Report Cards from customers, who boosted the overall grade to a "C" compared to 2007's grade of "C-minus." This represents an increase in the satisfaction index of 92% over 2007's 89%. Respondents sent in 905 report cards by mail and 93 arrived via the internet grading 21 separate service attributes on the line which runs from the Lower East Side-2nd Avenue in Manhattan to Forest Hills-71st Avenue in Queens on weekdays.

Press Release
February 13, 2009
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Weekend 234 Service Disruptions

MTA NYC Transit announced that there will be service diversions on the 2, 3 and 4 trains in Brooklyn for three weekends: from 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 13 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17; 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23 and 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, March 2. These service changes are necessary in order to perform switch replacement near Franklin Avenue and to replace portions of the roadbed near President Street.

Press Release
February 12, 2009
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2nd Annual Subway Rider Report Card Results Are In For The N Line

The grades are in for the N line subway service and riders rated the line with an overall grade of C, an improvement over 2007's C-minus. In addition, the satisfaction index improved significantly, from 85% in 2007 to 90% this time around. MTA New York City Transit received 3,416 Rider Report Cards from riders rating N service, of which 3,217 were returned by mail and 199 responses were received through the internet. Twenty-one separate attributes were graded by customers on the line, which runs between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. in Queens and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn.

Press Release
February 9, 2009
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New Locomotives for Staten Island Railway

MTA New York City Transit's Staten Island Railway (SIR) is taking delivery of four new diesel locomotives manufactured by the Brookville Equipment Corporation of Brookville, Pennsylvania.

The locomotives traveled by rail to Port Newark and then by barge to the Stapleton Home Port. The cars were lifted by crane and trucked to the Clifton shop, where they were again lifted by crane and placed onto the tracks. They will undergo testing for about a month before entering service.

Press Release
February 9, 2009
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Subway Rider Report Card Results Are In For The R Line

MTA New York City Transit received 4,267 Rider Report Cards from customers on the second annual survey to gauge customer satisfaction with R subway service. The overall performance grade of "C minus" is unchanged from 2007. However, the satisfaction index has risen to 90% from 87% recorded in 2007. Customers sent in 4,141 cards by mail and 126 by internet for the local line that runs from Bay Ridge-95th Street in Brooklyn to Forest Hills-71st Avenue in Queens. The number of returned cards in 2008 was 24% lower than the number returned in 2007.

Press Release
February 5, 2009
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MTA New York City Transit Begins Using Video Screens in Pilot Program to Provide Real-Time Information on the L Line

While it is often said that there is never anything good on television, L line riders might be ready to disagree as an ambitious project to provide customer information using flat-panel video terminals is being piloted at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves. station. The new system will enable riders to view the locations of all trains along the line in real time. MTA New York City Transit is unveiling the new Train Locator Console (TLC) today.

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