n New York subway ridership jumped to 1·13 billion during 1997, the highest figure for 25 years, including a 30-year monthly record in December. This reflects major investment during the last decade to overcome neglect and deferred maintenance.

MTA officials expect a further jump of around 100 million riders with the introduction of monthly passes in July. o

CAPTION: On February 18 the bodyshell for the first of eight NINA low-floor EMUs for BLS L