June 12, 2008
DiNapoli: MTA Should Step Up Safety Efforts For Workers and Commuters
MTA Spent $1.1 Billion on Injury, Property Damage Judgments Since 1996
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spent more than $1.1 billion on 86,875 personal injury or property damage claims filed by passengers, workers and motorists since 1996, according to a report New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released today. DiNapoli’s report also found that the MTA plans to spend $3.6 million to replace armrests on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad trains in order to mitigate damage to passenger clothing.
“Claims paid for personal injury and property damage set a new record in 2007 at $144 million,” DiNapoli said. “The MTA should work harder to make the system safer for riders and workers. It’s about safety and savings. There’s still $1.2 billion of future liabilities to be paid, so the costs to settle judgments and claims will remain a significant budget expense. The MTA should take every reasonable step to reduce future liabilities.”
The DiNapoli report found:
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