The MTA's post-Sept. 11 system-wide security upgrades will take until 2017 — nine years longer — partly because of damage caused by Sandy, according to an audit by the state comptroller's office to be released Wednesday.
The audit says the delay will cost at least $700 million more than originally projected.
Newsday says the audit also blames the delay to reductions in federal funding and the MTA expanding its security plan to include more facilities.
The MTA says it has made the most important security improvement and all of phase one work was done with the exception of the electronic systems in the under-river tubes.
It says the biggest delay in the now $1.3 billion capital security initiative involves installing 3,000 surveillance cameras and 1,400 access-control devices in stations and tunnels.