Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NYMTA security plan: Late and nearly broke

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has issued a statement saying the cost of an electronic security plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased from $591 million to $833 million, with only $59 million in funding still available.


"The transit system is safer than before September 11, 2001, due in large part to the efforts of the MTA Police Department, but some security improvements are years behind schedule and the electronic security program may never be completed," DiNapoli said.

The project, originally contracted to Lockheed Martin Corp., was due to be completed in August 2008. It was planned around a system of video cameras and electronic sensors, including motion detectors.

DiNapoli noted that Lockheed sued last April to terminate its contract and collect at least $138 million, citing obstacles including scheduling problems. MTA is countersuing for $92 million.

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