The weekend’s coming to a close, so the current cluster of subway diversions, mostly kind to Brooklyn Heights except for the complete absence of the 4 train, will be done by shortly after dawn. Still, we get the following disturbing news (follow the link for video):
NY1:In a new audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s weekend subway construction projects that re-routed lines, the city and state comptrollers have found that the service disruptions brought about prolonged hassles for riders and squandered money.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and City Comptroller John Liu say of the 29 diversions audited from January of 2009 until June 2011, work started late on all but one and stopped early on 21 of the projects, resulting in $10.5 million spent on “unproductive work time.”
The comptrollers also found that 15 diversions were over-budget by a total of more than $26 million.
So, next time you “can’t get there from here”, you may justly wonder if your inconvenience is balanced by future benefit.