NEW YORK (WPIX)—The MTA has found a way to reduce its bulging budget and save $40 million in the process by slashing some projects they don't need, officials said.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced a plan Thursday to remove more than 140 projects from its 2010 budget.
Among the projects on the chopping block include replacing armrests on Long Island Railroad and Metro-North trains, updating and repairing toll booths on the Henry Hudson Bridge, replacing vehicles used by MTA employees, and other projects classified as "technical upgrades."
MTA officials say eliminating the armrest project will save just over $3 million. For years, old armrests have been snagging passenger's coats, and the MTA got thousands of dollars in claims for clothing repairs.
The MTA is still $400 million in the red, even after these project cuts, and service cuts that go into effect this summer. Those cuts include eliminating the W line, merging the V and M lines, and eliminating 37 bus routes.
A proposal to cut free student MetroCards is expected to be voted on in June. The MTA has to come up with a final budget plan by July.
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