New York’s Metro-North pays engineers to stay home, while service west of the Hudson deteriorates

By Thomas C. Zambito, Rockland/Westchester Journal News; March 13, 2019

Metro-North Railroad has gone on a hiring spree, adding locomotive engineers from NJ Transit and other railroads and paying them to stay home, an investigation by The Journal News/lohud has found.

In January alone, Metro-North paid its engineers for 664 days when they didn’t have to show up for work. Veteran engineers say in prior years the monthly total rarely topped 70.

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