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MTA, Metro-North by the numbers: Searches up after Boston, K-9's out in force
Few agencies live by the numbers more than the MTA.
After all, the perpetually cash-strapped transportation agency has a $12.6 billion budget with a $450 million hole in it. Gaps that big can drive a bean counter crazy. Not to mention reporters with limited math skills.
Or Metro-North riders. Last month, they started kicking in an extra 8.2 to 9.3 percent per ticket for a ride on the nation's busiest commuter rail. (83 million riders last year.)
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A rush-hour round trip ticket from White Plains to Grand Central Terminal now runs $22.50 (equal to nine New York City bus or subway rides). We could go on and on but you get the point.
Instead, consider these post-Boston Marathon bombing numbers that MTA Police Chief Michael Coan shared with board members (21 voting and non-voting) at a Monday meeting at MTA headquarters in Manhattan.
14: The number of bomb-sniffing dogs-in-training pressed into service last week after two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line.
25-30: The total number of K-9 teams deployed last week to sniff out bombs on MTA and Metro-North trains and stations.
4,000: The number of passenger bags screened by MTA police between 3 p.m. Monday and Sunday, a fourfold increase over a regular week.
200: The number of suspicious, unattended packages checked out by MTA police last week, also a fourfold increase over a typical week.
23: The number of major felonies -- murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny -- reported by MTA police in March 2013.
15: Percentage dip in major crimes in March 2013 versus March 2012, when there were 27 felonies.
Coan wasn't the only one tossing numbers around Monday. Metro-North President Howard Permut got into the act, too.
Here are a few of Permut's digital favorites:
100: On-time perfomance percentage of all Metro-North trains on April 11.
759: The number of trains that were on time April 11.
"It was basically a perfect day across the board," Permut noted.