NEW YORK (AP) New York transit officials are asking retired motormen to come back to work to help during a post-Sandy manpower shortage.

The Daily News ( ) says NYC Transit last week sent letters to 120 former motormen. The letters described a "critical and urgent need" for their expertise.

NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco tells the newspaper that the agency needs the extra manpower to run equipment trains for its $3.4 billion in repair projects.

He says the shortage has not yet delayed any repair projects or impacted service. But Bianco said "it's not a situation we want to be in."

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 says it's opposed to re-hiring retirees during a time of high unemployment.


Information from: Daily News,