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.

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A New York State investigation has found “deficiencies and inconsistencies” in how the Long Island Rail Road calculates ridership numbers and failure rates. 

Mary Altaffer / AP

An MTA watchdog group says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to transform Penn Station are “exciting,” but short on details. 

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to hire 500 additional officers. The proposal comes as the MTA nears a budget deficit of nearly $1 billion in the next few years.

Seven Years Since Sandy, And LIRR Repairs Still Not Complete

Oct 29, 2019
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The head of the MTA, Patrick Foye, says the agency is still years away from completing its Superstorm Sandy-related repairs of the Long Island Rail Road.

One of the main projects still pending is the repair to the East River tunnels. They were flooded with millions of gallons of corrosive salt water when Sandy hit seven years ago this month.

Amtrak, which owns the tunnels used by the LIRR, says it’s not likely to have the design phase for the tunnel repairs completed until 2021.