MTA Security Upgrade Delayed to 2017

NEW YORK (AP) -

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s post-Sept. 11 system-wide security upgrades will take until 2017 — nine years longer than originally planned — partly because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, according to an audit by the state comptrolleroffice released Wednesday.

It says the delay will cost at least $700 million more than originally projected.

The audit also blames the delay on reductions in federal funding and the MTA expanding its security plan to include more facilities.

It says the biggest delay in the now $1.3 billion capital security initiative involves installing 3,000 surveillance cameras and 1,400 access-control devices in stations and tunnels.