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More Layoffs at the MTA

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The MTA is announcing even more cuts. Another 1,000 positions will be eliminated. Spokesman Aaron Donovan said layoffs are likely, though the exact number isn't known. New York City Transit is cutting 116 cleaning jobs -- meaning that subway cars that once were cleaned at each end of their run will now be cleaned at the end of each round-trip. Hundreds of additional administrative and management positions will also be cut.

All told, the cuts announced Thursday are expected to save $115 million to help cover a massive operating deficit this year caused largely by the recession. They are expected to go into effect as soon as possible.

he MTA has already announced 2,000 other job cuts -- although a state judge blocked the first round from taking effect when she suspended the layoffs of station agents last night. A court hearing on that issue will be held Monday.

For more on this and other transportation stories, check out our Transportation Nation blog.

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