Report finds LIRR crews waste time, money

NEW YORK -- A new report is highly critical of the Long Island Rail Road's work crew productivity.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Barry Kluger reviewed several recent construction projects and found that LIRR crews reported to work late, knocked off early and that a lack of oversight was widespread.

Kluger made a number of recommendations. They included developing work performance standards and tighter supervisory controls.

The report said managers have already met with supervisors about implementing them.

At one project, investigators found more than $160,000 was wasted through lax supervision of the crew replacing a platform staircase at the Great Neck station.

LIRR President Helena Williams said in a statement "We expect our employees to put in a full day of work for a full day's pay. Anything less is unacceptable"