Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Sorry for the delay in posting, it's been a hectic day work wise.

This morning's p508 commute was slightly delayed, we arrived to South Station at 8:30AM, 7 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. I believe that any train that is more than 5 minutes late doesn't count towards on time performance ... so we're 1 for 2 so far ... two days into February.

Interesting articles in today's Herald and Globe regarding the salary increases for MBTA employees. I love the Herald, they always tell it like it is with the heading "T Workers Ride the Money Train." The Globe also puts it succinctly "MBTA's payroll jumps as agency struggles." Both articles cite a 14% increase in salaries over the last year, mostly due to the arbitration awards for the union (for which we also have to thank for the increased parking rates).

Given the current economic climate, you would think a cash strapped agency like the MBTA would try cutting costs. I know that across industries, people are taking salary cuts or foregoing overtime pay in order to keep their jobs. Apparently not at the MBTA. Funny enough, General Manager Dan Grabausaks announced a $160 million deficit for the MBTA and says he hopes that we don't have to suffer reduced service or fare hikes like NYC's transit system.

You know what really grinds my gears? This is the second or third time that Dan Grabauskas has trotted out the "Oh, be glad we're not New York city," excuse; as if by threatening us, we'll be less likely to grumble or complain when they allow 14% payroll increases or waste money on WiFi that doesn't even work. We commuters just want reliable, on time service.

Given all of the snow that's been falling all day, I'm hoping that our evening commutes happen without a hitch. I did just check the MBTA website and there are no service delays to report ... yet. Get home safely everyone!


Anonymous said...

Glad we're not New York city? At least NY has figured out that publishing their data to Google Transit is a good thing. It is really sad that the 'minor' agencies (Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, Lexpress and PVTA) can figure it out, but not MBTA nor MBCR. http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/text.html has a nice long list of other smart eentities around the world. Why does Boston have to lag behind?

Train Rider said...

I wholeheartedly agree, I think that the MBTA should post the on time stats on their website. How hard can it be? They can print the posters to hang them up in the stations, so why not just put it online?