The MTA is all over the news lately. As the transit workers contract approaches we're the MTA really try to get the good word out about itself, to varying degrees of sucess.
On the one side is the flat out good press. A perfect example of this is the fluff "exclusive" that recently appeared in the Daily News touting the fact that the MTA is planning on eventually "shield the Verrazano Bridge's suspension cables with a protective material to make it harder for terrorists to damage the span." Does the story say how will they shield the cables? Nope. Does it say by when? Nope. How about how much it will cost? Oh, nope. And will they add a walkway while they are at it? Not likely.
On the other side of the coin is the not-so-good press like the Times' piece today detailing the legal, financial and contractual difficulties that the MTA is having getting working elevators in subway stations. (Medium length story short: Elevators are hard to install in subway stations).
And finally there is the mixed news, where you can see that the MTA thought the press would go one way only to watch it sort of go in another direction. Examples of this can be seen in all of the hoopla and backlash about the reduced fares and in this recent Wired article about the solar-powered Stillwell Avenue station which praises the station but brings up a few financial questions (best quote: "Hunndreds of millions off dollars on this! That's why we can't get a raise.").
Anyone notice any other MTA stories we missed?
Photograph of Stillwell Avenue Station from Wired News