Nearly 24 Long Rail Road employees were given the boot Friday as the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Agency looks to cut costs in order to help fill a million-dollar budget deficit.

Officials for the LIRR say the layoffs are necessary since the transit agency is currently $900-million in the red.

LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone said he hopes to bring back some of the workers when the agency increases funding to help the current financial woes.

A majority of the employees who were laid off earn a base salary of roughly $47,000 a year and have the least seniority in the department.

The transit agency plans to lay off another 74 employees next week -- including 36 conductors on Monday.