THE BRONX - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed a plan to cut subway station agents and administrative staff in an effort to close its budget gap.

The agency says it plans to lay off a total of about 500 station agents and 600 staffers. These cuts represent approximately 15 percent of administrative payroll across the MTA and will save the agency around $50 million.

Sources say the jobs of newly hired bus drivers may also be in peril. Local 100 of the Transport Workers' Union says the layoffs could take place by the summer.

Reacting to the MTA' s announcement, straphangers say they are concerned about their commutes and safety.