MTA's Eagle Team

This week, New York City Transit's Eagle Team members were presented with a 2011 Unit Citation for the excellent work they performed throughout the year.

In addition, it was announced at the ceremony that the Eagle Team had won the APTA Gold Standard Award for safety and security for transit systems in the United States with more than 20 million annual riders.

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Led by Vice President of Security, Vincent DeMarino, the Eagle Team consists of 57 men and women who work tirelessly to keep people and property safe and secure. Their efforts have been instrumental in the reduction of graffiti and vandalism incidents on NYC Transit property, as well as the success of the MTA's Select Bus Service (SBS) effort.

MTA Chairman & CEO Joseph J. Lhota and NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast congratulated the Team and praised them for their work in stemming the tide of vandalism at train yards and depots and for curbing fare-evasion on Transit's three SBS routes.

"The work of the Eagle Team sends a powerful message to the media, to our customers, and to potential criminals that we care about our system and that someone is in control," said Chairman Lhota. "Every member of the Eagle Team should be proud of this award and of their work to help ensure the overall feeling of safety we enjoy on our subways and buses today."

"The effort put forth by NYCT's Eagle Team is a key element in helping to maintain the appearance of our properties, our buses and our subway cars. Additionally, Team members demonstrate a high level of dedication, professionalism and courtesy when performing their duties along our SBS routes," said NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast.

Created in September 2007, The Eagle Team began their work in collaboration with the NYPD and both the NYCT's Departments of Buses and Subways to combat graffiti and vandalism. By ensuring our yards and depots were secure, the Team was able to make a serious dent in the vandalism problem. In June 2008, the Eagle Team expanded to cover SBS in the Bronx and again in October 2010 and November 2011 as two more SBS routes opened in Manhattan.

As a result of their work, vandalism has been reduced by more than 54% since the inception of the Eagle Team. On SBS routes, team members have issued over 39,100 summonses to fare evaders. "For all their hard work, effort and dedication to duty," said DeMarino, "the Eagle Team truly deserves the two honors bestowed upon them."