Wanted: MBTA subway dispatchers at $103,000 beginning pay plus a $10,000 signing bonus.
Five have been employed and the T wants 10 extra earlier than it revisits a resumption of normal, weekday subway service, the transit company introduced Thursday.
All new hires are required to bear a 10-week coaching program; 4 of the brand new dispatchers began their coaching on Monday, and the fifth is ready to start on July 27, in accordance with MBTA Chief Human Resources Officer Tom Waye.
Waye mentioned the job posting drew 87 candidates, however solely 22 had been eligible candidates. Eight have been interviewed.
“Addressing the challenges at the OCC is one of our four special directives,” Waye mentioned at Thursday’s Planning, Workforce, Development and Compensation subcommittee assembly. “(The) targeted number is to hire 15 more heavy rail dispatchers on a rolling basis.”
The subway dispatcher job posting — which is barely accessible to inside candidates — lists the annual wage at $103,667. It additionally notes that new hires are eligible for a $10,000 signing bonus, an incentive the T is utilizing to make the job extra enticing.
To strive to attract extra curiosity, the job has been opened as much as mild rail dispatchers, Waye mentioned. The place had beforehand solely been accessible to these with heavy rail expertise; candidates will need to have additionally labored a minimum of 4 years on the T.
The T is negotiating with the union to rehire retirees. Three former dispatchers, who’re presently supervisory staff, have been rehired to quickly work within the operations management heart.
Addressing staffing shortages within the working management heart was one of many 4 particular directives the Federal Transit Administration issued to the MBTA final month as a part of its security administration inspection. The probe discovered that the subway dispatchers had been working 16-20 hour shifts to compensate for the scarcity.
In response to the directive, the MBTA minimize weekday service on three main subway strains, which has resulted in fewer trains and longer wait instances for riders.
“The MBTA will revisit the reduced heavy rail schedule after it has adequate staffing to safely operate more service,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo mentioned.
MBTA representatives mentioned Thursday that the company has met, or plans to satisfy, timelines for submitting its corrective motion plan for the three different federal directives: delayed monitor upkeep, prepare motion working procedures, and worker security recertifications.
The T may lose as much as 25% of its federal funding if the FTA deems the company has not correctly complied with the directives.
Chief Administrative Officer David Panagore mentioned the MBTA estimated it’ll price $300 million to adjust to the 22 corrective actions included within the 4 directives.