NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A new study has found MTA overtime payments have surged as riders pay more for service.
The Empire Center for Public Policy found one subway maintenance worker took home $379,000 in salary and overtime, $50,000 more than transit president Andy Byford earns.
The entire overtime bill tops $400 million.
Nicole Gelinius, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, says that’s a red flag.
She tells CBS2 Gov. Cuomo should consider withholding money from congestion pricing until the MTA controls its spending, “Do we want to put this money away in a lockbox and not give it to the MTA until they start to show some progress on some of these cost controls.”
MTA Chairman Pay Foye says much of the overtime is for those who work nights and weekends to minimize service disruptions and pledges to rein in costs.
"We're commited to reducing expenses at the MTA across the board and we can and must do better," he told CBS2.
The agency has hired an outside consultant to look for $5 million in savings by the end of 2020.