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State Comptroller: MTA Anti-Terror Program Is Overbudget, Behind Schedule

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has improved security despite delays and cost overruns, but says the transit system is still at risk for a terror attack.

A new report by DiNapoli's office says the MTA has completed 11 planned security projects and parts of five remaining ones.

They include reinforcing bridges, tunnels and stations, along with electronic surveillance and fire ventilation projects.

Yet according to DiNapoli's audit, the cost for these measures has jumped 44 percent from $591 million to $851 million.

It says the upgrades, which were supposed to be completed by September 2008, probably will not be finished until June 2012.

DiNapoli says the MTA has made improvements to the system’s safety by increasing security personnel and starting a campaign encouraging the public to report suspicious activity.

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