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‘News’ I Team Says ‘Eff U’ to MTA

We love the Daily News's I Team. It's the print version of the local news TV van that zooms around the city on special assignment and finds out when somebody is overcharging for your plumbing. You can just hear them as they type away furiously, singing to themselves, "shame Shame SHAME!" And today the News team has come up with a story you can really use — something to get angry about. From the people who brought you "SUBWAY STRIKERS ARE OVERPAID AND LAZY" comes "MTA BRASS ON RUNAWAY CASH TRAIN." Through their investigation, they found out a bundle of different ways that the MTA is wasting money, even as they ask for a fare hike: • Resource Duplication: "The MTA has seven agencies under its umbrella — each with its own president as well as legal, human resources, payroll and other departments: NYC Transit, Metro-North, Bridges and Tunnels, Long Island Rail Road, MTA Capital Construction, MTA Bus Company, MTA Long Island Bus." • Overhiring for Capital Projects: "Division was formed in 2003 to handle big construction projects, like the Second Ave. line and the expansion of the 7 line. It employs 68 — by next year that number is expected to rise to 150. There are 640-plus employees already working on capital projects at other agencies who pocket $38 million in salaries."