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Release #06-74a

Contact: Kay Sarlin (212) 442-7033
Chris Gilbride

DOT Announces Shea Stadium Metro Card Giveaway

Free Metro Cards Aimed at Encouraging Mass Transit Use on Gridlock Alert Days

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall today announced that the agency will issue 350 complimentary round trip ($4) Metro Cards to motorists who park at Shea Stadium and use mass transit to enter Manhattan on December 20th, December 27th and January 3, 2007.

"The holiday season is one of the best times to enjoy New York, which explains why so many people flock here to shop, see a show, or just take in the festive atmosphere," said Commissioner Weinshall. "We want everyone who can to come and visit New York this holiday season and the safest, fastest and most affordable way to do that is aboard the City's mass transit system."

The Metro Cards being distributed were donated by the International Gemological Institute (IGI), a Manhattan based independent appraiser of diamonds and gemstone jewelry for consumers and retailers, through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

The complimentary Metro Cards will be issued on December 20th, December 27th and January 3rd which are historically congested days due to matinees and other activities associated with the holiday season. The cards will be distributed by DOT staff at the Shea Stadium parking lot entrance at Roosevelt Avenue between 114th and 126th Streets from 10 am–2 pm.

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