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Letters: Not been working on the railroad

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority inspector general,

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority inspector general, replacement of a this staircase at Great Neck station was completed in 115 working days over the course of six months, consumed 5,677 labor hours, and cost more than $261,000 in labor. The inspector general estimated that the work should have taken the LIRR crew 2.5 months to complete, consumed 2,500 labor hours and cost just over $98,000 in labor. Credit: MTA Inspector General

The work ethic described in "LIRR work crews faulted" [News, Oct. 4] is not news to the hardworking men and women who are not employed by a government agency.

One of the most abused areas is probably highway work -- whether by local, state or federal crews. On any given morning, you see workers' trucks parked at the convenience store. Then they drive 20 mph to get to the work site.

When's the last time you went to the state Department of Motor Vehicles and saw about a dozen or so people walking around talking to one another, and there was one person at the information window?

This is all on your tax dollars.

Charles Giarraputo, North Patchogue

This is certainly not a new concern. I have been commuting on the Long Island Rail Road for almost 30 years on the Ronkonkoma and Babylon lines. Most are afternoon trains, which enable me to view the abuse firsthand.

It's not unusual to see as many as five LIRR employees sitting in parked trucks with engines running. This scene can be observed over and over during my 53-minute commute.

What is most disturbing is the number of idle employees assigned to a construction or repair project. I have witnessed workers sitting on stairs and requiring riders to walk around them.

Hopefully these managers and employees are the minority and do not represent the entire workforce.

Joseph T. Poggi Jr., Farmingdale