MTA boss orders probe of massive overtime payments New York Post

After the Empire Center’s SeeThroughNY noted this week that the LIRR shelled out $224.6 million for overtime in 2018 — up nearly $50  million from the previous year and more than $115 million since 2013 — it sounded alarms at the highest levels of the MTA’s management.

Study: MTA payroll, overtime soars Press- Republican

According to a report from the Empire Center, MTA costs increased by 16 percent last year, bringing payroll totals to some $418 million. 

That is $82 million more than the transit system expects to earn via the current year's round of fare, ticket and toll hikes, the report says.