Post Content

MBTA LogoMBTA overtime rates, absenteeism and dropped trips all showed declines in the first two months of 2016 as compared to the previous year. The new data will be presented Wednesday before the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board.

The report shows overtime expenses down 54 percent compared to the same period last year, and down 23 percent compared with the 2015 daily average. Year-to-date overtime hours were down 52 percent.

“We’re looking at overtime every day and every week,” said MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve. In a 2015 to 2016 comparison, total overtime hours plummeted from 298,000 to 140,000 between January 1st and March 4th.

A new leave and attendance policy was instituted on January 1st, and data shows the percentage of employees taking days off using the federal Family and Medical Leave Act has decreased 23 percent when comparing the past seven months of the 2016 Fiscal Year to the 2015 Fiscal Year. The change in policy requires that employees must “substitute” or run concurrently their accrued paid leave (including sick time), personal and vacation leave with days under the FMLA.

“This is a positive sign that the new leave policy is having an effect,” said Shortsleeve.

Bus and train operator absenteeism was down 29 percent when comparing the first two months of 2016 to 2015 Fiscal Year benchmarks. Full-time bus operator absences were down 33 percent, and part-time bus operator absences were down 29 percent.

Reductions in absences translated into a reduction in dropped bus trips, down 40 percent during the same period. Weekday rail dropped trips were down 37 percent.

“We want to do better, and we’re going to continue to cut it down,” Shortsleeve said of the T’s overtime, absenteeism and dropped trip rates.

Written By:

Tags:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Continues Efforts to Improve Roadway Safety in Launching New Speed Management Tools for Local Partners posted on Jan 25

MassDOT Continues Efforts to Improve Roadway Safety in Launching New Speed Management Tools for Local Partners New Safe Speeds Website and Municipal Tool Kit Available at https://www.mass.gov/safe-speeds to help communities target safer speeds and prevent roadway fatalities and serious injuries due to crashes. BOSTON – Roadway   …Continue Reading MassDOT Continues Efforts to Improve Roadway Safety in Launching New Speed Management Tools for Local Partners

MassDOT signs a “Letter of Intent” to build a first-of-its-kind Highway Solar Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNB) project in Lexington, Massachusetts posted on Jan 24

MassDOT signs a “Letter of Intent” to build a first-of-its-kind Highway Solar Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNB) project in Lexington, Massachusetts

MassDOT signs a “Letter of Intent” to build a first-of-its-kind Highway Solar Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNB) project in Lexington, Massachusetts  Boston, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) (https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-transportation) is launching a groundbreaking solar technology that may change how citizens look at U.S. highways,   …Continue Reading MassDOT signs a “Letter of Intent” to build a first-of-its-kind Highway Solar Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNB) project in Lexington, Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration to File for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding, Highlights Fiscal Year 2023 Local Aid Proposal posted on Jan 24

Baker-Polito Administration to File for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding, Highlights Fiscal Year 2023 Local Aid Proposal   BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to file legislation next week seeking $200 million in Chapter 90 funding to help all 351   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration to File for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding, Highlights Fiscal Year 2023 Local Aid Proposal