I finally found it
hey guys.. after being bored and messing around with with maya... i figured out how to do it, and was hoping maybe it could be of some use to you guys if it ever need be.
basically on your status bar, there's a "sel with an arrow pointing down". when you click on it, a drop down list appears. you can then click on "numeric input: relative". Then you can input the amount of spaces you would want you vertices to move. Pretty awesome... it's not as complex as 3d Maxs, but it'll do.