WOODBURY - A state audit has revealed that many of the MTA's system-wide security upgrades that were supposed to be put in place in the wake of 9/11 are running behind schedule and over budget.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has faulted the MTA for falling behind with its post 9/11 security, beefing up camera surveillance and emergency communications and says the program is not expected to be completed until 2017.
"It's our goal to keep the MTA focused on getting this project completed as quickly and efficiently as possible," he says. "The safety of the riding public is certainly contingent on the completion of this project."
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The MTA claims it is not that far behind schedule, and that delays were mainly caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Both the state comptroller and MTA say that despite the delays, they believe commuters are still much safer and more secure than they were before 9/11.