NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s post-Sept. 11 system-wide security upgrades will take until 2017, nine years longer, partly because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
That’s according to an audit by the state comptroller’s office released Wednesday. It says the delay will cost at least $700 million more than originally projected.
“Superstorm Sandy dealt the MTA’s security plans a serious setback,” State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a statement. “Although the MTA has made important security improvements, the first phase of its capital program is still not finished, more than 12 years after September 11, 2001.”
The report 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.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the agency had a couple of delays, but that most of the system is up and running.