Tuesday, August 2, 2011
MTA throwing money down the crapper
New York City subway riders are familiar with frequent service disruptions at night and on weekends.
But a report released Sunday by the state and city comptrollers says MTA needs to do a better job of keeping straphangers informed about changes that affect their rides. The report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller John Liu found that projects that disrupt subway lines often go over budget and that New York City Transit's efforts to publicize the service changes are inadequate.
It also found that at times service is disrupted when track work isn't happening. The report examined a random sample of 50 out of 3,332 service disruptions from Jan. 1, 2009 to Jan. 4, 2011 and found inefficiencies.
The auditors said, for example, that NYC Transit should recalculate how many buses it uses to fill in for out-of-commission subway lines. Subway diversion projects often go over budget, the report said. The auditors examined 12 contracts and found that four of them were over budget by a total of $26.6 million.