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What is the name of the agency that runs the New York City subway system? How about the subway-like railroad on the New York City borough of Staten Island?
They are, respectively, the New York City Transit Authority and the Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority.
Then why do I see these agencies referred to as "MTA New York City Transit" and "MTA Staten Island Railway"?
These names were developed by an image consulting firm as part of an ongoing effort to forge a more cohesive corporate identity for the MTA. Among other things, the MTA wanted to drop the word "Authority" from public materials, feeling that the word evokes images of bureaucracy.
The name New York City Transit is referred to by the MTA as a "popular" name. However, for legal purposes, such as the letting of contracts, the actual corporate names must be used.
The MTA, at its website, lists all the "popular" names of its agencies:
It then offers the following explanation, and lists the actual legal names [emphasis added]:
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