Coronavirus cuts millions off MTA overtime bill — except at agency HQ

Coronavirus has taken 24 percent off the MTA’s overtime tab — except at agency headquarters, where OT spending is $4.4 million over budget.

The $18 billion-per-year agency has paid $333 million worth of overtime through April of this year, compared to $437 million over the same period in 2019, according to newly released agency documents.

In April alone, OT expenses were down nearly half from 2019, to $59 million from $111 million.

The bulk of the new savings come from the MTA’s city bus and subway division, which reduced service in late March to cope with thousands of workers out sick due to coronavirus.

City transit OT spending is $12.4 million under budget through April, followed by $4.1 million in savings at Metro-Noth, $7.3 million at the Long Island Rail Road and $1.7 million at MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

Altogether, the MTA is $28 million, or 8 percent, under budget on overtime spending for the year so far.

The agency was $97 million over its overtime budget at the same time last year — en route to more than a billion dollars in total spending.

Agency officials committed to reduce overtime expenses last year after The Post’s reporting showed they’d become a growing burden on the cash-strapped agency’s budget.

The total MTA OT tab grew from $849 million in 2014 to $1.4 billion in 2018 thanks to an “honor system” that let grifters walk away with thousands of dollars in pay for time they did not actually work.

Transit execs and others in management positions are not eligible for overtime pay, MTA spokeswoman Abbey Collins said.

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