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MTA Grilled by Board Over Agent Layoffs

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MTA officials got a lot of tough questions from MTA board members today about why they're eliminating 800 station agents. At a board meeting, members said they expected the state bailout approved this month would prevent service cuts. Ed Watt is a non-voting member of the MTA board who represents transit workers.

WATT: I would say that it is the job -- it is not the job of the public to read the fine print -- but it is the job of the MTA to talk plainly enough so that people can understand what's going on.

MTA chief financial officer Gary Dellaverson said he always told lawmakers that the rescue package would only prevent service cuts, not station agent positions. He says those positions will be shed through attrition, not layoffs.

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