MTA surplus means security improvements at subway stations in BK and city

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Wednesday that $12 million of its $883 million surplus will go towards security measures and improvements on subways in Brooklyn and the city.

Some of the funds will go towards police overtime and assigning more than 150 platform conductors trained in evacuation procedures to various subway stations. In addition, the surplus money will be used to expand the MTA's public awareness campaigns.

The MTA says despite the surplus, it still plans to raise fares in 2007 and 2009. Officials say the hikes are aimed at preventing future deficits.

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