The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, known as the MTA for short, is responsible for transportation in New York City and seven other counties in southeastern New York State. The MTA operates the New York City Subway; Regional Bus Operations, consisting of New York City Bus and the MTA Bus Company; the Long Island Rail Road; the Metro-North Railroad; Bridges and Tunnels; and the Staten Island Railway. In total, the MTA serves 14.6 million people spread over 5,000 square miles (13,000 kmē) and is the largest public transportation provider in the Western Hemisphere, moving more than 2600 million rail and bus customers every year and employing approximately 70,000 workers. Until December 31, 2011, the MTA also operated Long Island Bus under the Regional Bus Operations umbrella, providing local bus service in Nassau County.
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