MTA Station Agent Update

As you know by now, the MTA had planned to layoff hundreds of station token booth clerks due to their huge budget deficit. The first round of cuts were to have started this past Wednesday, but a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the MTA closing the booths. Yesterday evening, the MTA issued a brief press release to give an update on the situation. Here is the press release I received:

Budget Shortfall Requires Layoff of Station Agents

The MTA’s nearly $800 million budget shortfall for 2010 has forced us to make difficult choices to reduce costs, including laying off more than 450 subway station agents. The station agents are employed at subway booths that have been approved for closing and at other locations in the system.

A temporary restraining order issued by a court Wednesday night put the MTA’s closure of the 42 subway booths on hold for now. In light of the order, the MTA is refraining from laying off the employees needed to staff those booths while the litigation proceeds.

More than 250 of the station agents, however, are not required to keep those subway booths open, and those layoffs are now scheduled for next week to ensure that we achieve the maximum savings possible in light of the MTA’s budget shortfall.

I will continue to report on this as the situation develops.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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