MTA to cut hundreds of conductor jobs on Brooklyn subway lines

Just this week, the MTA announced it had an $833 million surplus. Now, they plan to cut hundreds of conductor jobs on several subway lines in Brooklyn. According to published reports, the cuts have not been announced but are detailed in the MTA?s 2006 preliminary budget released Wednesday. The changes will result in the MTA saving about $20 million a year. Some local officials who are against the cutback say the MTA is sending contradictory messages to riders. They say MTA officials tell commuters to keep their eyes open and stay alert, yet they're taking away the most important eyes - train conductors.

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