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New MTA Reorganization Plan May Slash Nearly 2,700 Jobs

July 25, 2019 - 7:16 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA approved a reorganization plan Wednesday that may cut thousands of jobs.

An outside consultant was brought in to review the agency's corporate structure and help create this transformation plan.

The plan would bring in a new chief transformation officer but could eliminate anywhere from 1,900 to 2,700 positions although MTA management says most of those will be covered by either retirements or not filling vacant positions.

The MTA has a projected deficit of $800 million by 2021, and cutting these positions could save them up to $530 million a year.

The congestion pricing plan which is expected to take effect in 2021, will also help in paying for many capital improvements. 

MTA's financial officer said that without cost savings and operational efficiencies, there would have to be service cuts, staff reductions and potentially larger fare and toll hikes.

The recommendations in the reorganization plan were adopted by the MTA board by a vote of 10 to 1, with one abstention.

Following some concerns from board members, MTA Chairperson and CEO Pat Foye says the plan will be continually revisited and discussed and added that if an approach doesn’t work, it will be changed.