Transit agency votes to fire agents

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City's transit agency has approved thelayoffs of station agents that a judge had blocked in June.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to fire 202token booth agents in August at a board meeting on Wednesday.

A judge had told the MTA to hold a new round of public hearingsbefore closing booths and firing the agents. The agency held thosehearings this month.

Two board members expressed concern with the booth closing,citing intercom flaws on some subway platforms.

NYC Transit President Tom Pendergast said the agency is lookingto fix those problems.

The MTA says it has saved $11 million in station agent layoffsthis year in an effort to close an $800 million budget shortage.

It had earlier laid off 260 agents.

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