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MTA Continues To Exceed Budget On Overtime Pay


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority spent nearly $1.3 billion on overtime payments last year. That’s after officials sought to reduce overtime costs with timekeeping upgrades.

The MTA curbed overtime costs in 2019, but was still 26% over budget. 

Overtime at Metro-North was 4.2% over budget. The LIRR was over by 6.8%.

An MTA Finance Committee report found the biggest overall cause for overtime was routine maintenance. 

The Empire Center for Public Policy issued a report last year that turned a spotlight on large overtime payments. The MTA then hired a consultant to make recommendations. 

The agency now has plans to lower overtime costs in 2020, with more realistic estimates on projects and more detailed monthly overtime reports.