From the NY Post:
A slew of secret bus-service cuts -- a product of the ongoing war between the MTA and its biggest union -- are leaving riders stranded at stops across the city, The Post has learned.
Since April 2010, MTA management has refused to fill dozens of slots each day for bus operators who have called in sick or were on vacation time -- which means the bus stays in the depot instead of heading out on its run.
As a result, some straphangers could wait for up to 30 minutes longer than advertised.
And when the bus finally arrives, riders are crammed in like sardines.
"There's an all-out war on the union. They're going head to head. So I think management is doing everything they can to break them while trying to save money as well," said one source familiar with the practice.
MTA brass said in a statement that they'd saved $3 million since April 2010 by not paying out the overtime.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even as service cuts and layoffs loom, salaries at the agency that operates New York City's subways and buses have increased for the second year in a row.
The Empire Center for New York State Policy released data on Wednesday. It shows that average pay at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority increased more than 2 percent in 2009. More than 10 percent of employees made at least $100,000. The average pay for an employee was just under $70,000.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the increase was due to raises already promised to unions. All managers had their pay frozen last year.
Due to an $800 million budget shortfall, service cuts and layoffs are planned for the end of June.