Report: 631 MBTA Employees Made More Than $100,000 Last Year

BOSTON (AP) — The MBTA has hired nearly 900 new employees in the past two years even as the transit agency struggles with deep debt that has prompted proposals for fare hikes.

Police had to be called to a public meeting attended by about 400 people on Monday night protesting the proposed hikes and service cuts agency officials say are necessary to close a $161 million budget gap.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has made 871 new hires in the past two years while 631 T employees made more than $100,000 last year.

A T spokesman justified the hires saying they were necessary to maintain safety and service at a time of record ridership.

The spokesman says the T employs nearly 6,000 people, an 11-year low.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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  1. James says:

    Here is a thought to reduce the $161 million dollar short fall, reduce the number of employees who make more than $100K because 631 people making more than $100k is ridiculous!

    1. gramps says:

      FY 2011, MBTA spent 31 million on ‘overtime’…..

      http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/Smart_Forms/News,_Events_and_Press_Releases/Regular%20vs%20OT%20wages.pdf

      @ that rate I don’t think ‘Charlie’ wanted to get off that GRAVY TRAIN!

      gramps

  2. dan says:

    631 T WORKERS MADE OVER A 100,000 LAST YEAR..NO WONDER WHY THE T IS IN THE RED…LETS DO THE MATH..631 TIMES 100,000..THAT IS
    63,100,000.00, THAT IAM JUST USING THE ESTIMATE. THINGS IN MASS WILL NEVER CHANGE. YOU GET A JOB IF YOU KNOW SOMEBODY NOT BASED ON YOUR MERIT…THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WE KNOW ABOUT..NOT AL THE OTHER PEOPLE

  3. Dan says:

    SORRY ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE

  4. emom says:

    OH what a total SHOCKER. It’s a laughable moment for the MBTA.. Yeah Like we didn’t already KNOW that so many made so much money thanks to the people of the commonwealth… Lets see they are broke so they hire 900 new employees in 2 years, over 631 made more than $100k a year,,, REALLY. Then they create this store to sell their wares,,,,,, HOWS THAT GOING I WONDER. then now they want to CUT SERVICES to people in need , like the elderly and those in nursing homes.. Raise the RATES on the people in the commonwealth so getting to work will cost more than driving their cars,, WHICH by the way was a huge problem since parking and fuel costs are high…… lets see,,, Why cant they function with out those HIGHER salaries…. and oh I am sorry it wasn’t so long ago that the MBTA partitioned to the state about raised for their employees, needed help from the state to pay their bills, and also have regularly asked to raise their T rates for over 3 years. Have I left out anything,,, OH and they give those that abuse the system extra breaks, give them pensions that would break any bank, and lets not forget all the extra perks given as bonus courtesy of the commonwealth people .. Yeah like raising their rates again will solve any of their mismanagement problems,,,,
    Agree cut their salary. Like driving a bus , requires such a high salary.. school bus drivers don’t make that much,,, cut the MBTA salries and fire the ones in charge,,,,,, they blew it,,, Why should the people of the commonwealth pay the price of their mistake….. enough is enough

    1. Dan says:

      WHY DO MASS PEOPLE KEEP VOTING THESE POLS IN..SHERIFF COUSINS ANOTHER HACK…DONATE TO ME OR SUFFER ..IT’S THE PEOPLE OF MASS ARE MINDLESS ROBOTS

      1. emom says:

        Dan If I knew that I would certainly tell them they are fools… I didn’t vote these whack jobs in office ,,,,, I am willing to bet most here didn’t either.. And to make matters worse Look at the candidates we have to choose From for the upcoming election……… … Talk about the state and the country being messed up further……..

  5. Tina says:

    DO YOU WANT A HIKE IN PRICES FOR FARES AND PARKING? BETTER LOOK TO CUT YOUR FAT PAYCHECKS BEFORE DIPPING INTO OURS!!!
    YOU MISMANAGED YOUR PROBLEM NOT MINE,, ENOUGH

  6. andyme says:

    And the beat goes on!!!!

  7. fools says:

    Typical union, pay outrageous fat-cat salaries and milk overtime while the riders pay more and more and more……………. yet you start cutting salaries and overtime the union will be screaming

  8. ann says:

    if they rase the fares then you going to see kids skiping school.
    becasue they will not aford the train ride to school.

    1. Dan says:

      ann you have to learn how to write …if they rase..skiping …becasue afotd

  9. fred says:

    And don’t forget they took a stand against beer advertising and told COORS we don’t want your stinken 2 million per year because someones kid may get the idea that drinking is cool. Way to go morons. The only reason why the “T” does not break even or at least operates with managable defecits is because it is a patronage filled political dumping ground for many un-employable losers who are able to retire and collect a pension while in their 40’s if they started young enough. i try to avoid the sewer pipe on wheels as much as i can – but i am still paying for this mismanaged and corrupt group regardless.

  10. DoverDavid says:

    A T spokesman justified the hires saying they were necessary to maintain safety and service at a time of record ridership.

    So please post the positions that have been filled, telling me the job title that went along with these hires, are these people who are doing the brunt of the work, or just more fat cats what sit out of touch with reality? Bet I know the answer to this question already.

  11. Smash Crasher says:

    You people are truly senseless. You blame the MBTA, you blame the unions, you blame the politicians. BLAME YOURSELVES YOU STUPID IGNORANT DEMOCRATIC IDIOTS for re-electing these DEMOCRATIC CRIMINALS again and again and again. You empower the politicians to continue to rape you by voting for them year after year after year. You PEOPLE are the MORONS, not the criminals feasting on your paychecks. You all deserve to die penniless because you VOTE LIKE FOOLS!

    1. Dan says:

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT ….IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT CHANGE THINGS..I THINK WE ARE STILL CAUGHT UP IN THE KENNEDY AND KERRY ERA

  12. response says:

    how many of the new hires are related to someone already working for the State?

  13. Enough says:

    Smash Crasher, you are correct that this state keeps electing liberal Democrats and then complain, totally correct about that (Bawwney, Kerry, Duval, Mumbles…..). This state is far too liberal for it’s own good, the rest of the country laughs at us. But the MBTA would be filled with bloated salaries and union wages/pensions irregardless. DoverDavid, agree completely – MBTA wants to justify raising rates, post EVERY ONE of these over $100k positions – title, duties, salary – and justify them to the public

  14. Dan says:

    SOMEONE GIVE ME A QUESTION OR ANSWER ON WHY WE KEEP VOTING THESE PEOPLE IN….MAKES NO SENSE

    1. emom says:

      Because most haven’t a clue on what they are truly voting on…. They go with the majority, those speak HIGHLY of that person,,,,, Or if they have their people at the voting booths and possibly pay them to campaign for them… Crooks always manage to get voted in… WAIT most are crooks anyway…,,, OH WELL

  15. emom says:

    Why blame just democrats,,, After all the last one managed to mess the country up ., and the last few we have had here in this state well Just look at the financial deficits and short falls we have had for well over a decade,, if not longer… does not matter if they are dems or rep,,,,, It seems they are seriously lacking financial know how.. SPENDING HABITS seem to follow every elected voted in office regardless if they are democrat or republican.. and the deficit is passed on to the next voted elected official and the mess carries on … SO regardless if its a mayor, governor or president of the USA,, or if they are democrat or republican it sure seems they are incapable to adequately handle any kind of the financial burdens or even know what a balanced budget looks like.

  16. jaygee says:

    Perhaps we might be told as to just what these 631 people do to justify such a yearly income like that. It looks to me as if there are many holdovers (insiders) who still “work” at Mr. Bulger’s Transportation Authority.

    1. emom says:

      Probably suits sitting in an office playing mahjong all day and pretending to work… Throwing paper airplanes around, Oh I know going to the local pub and slugging back a few with their buddies on the hill, giving out extreme bonuses to the unions to keep their jobs as long as they get a QUOTA of things,,, what ever that could be. Maybe ideas on how they can spend the most to GO BROKE. An obviously someone won that prize,, Wonder what their prize will be a luxurious bonus with a trip to some swanky spa hotel with champagne and oysters for valentines day……

  17. sloopjohnB2 says:

    Let’s ALL vote for Queen Elizabeth, the annointed one, for Senator. She and her comrades in the Boston delegation will solve the problem. Yeah right!

  18. scott says:

    And you wonder why the MBTA is in Debt???? Can the idiots figure it out!

  19. petem says:

    Gotta love a group of people who complain about the Dems and the liberals and think that if we had a few more folks like W or Cheney or any of the genius’s running this year for Grand old Pabulum. When will you all realize that nearly all pols are the same, they’ll tell you what you need to hear to vote for them so they can go and fulfill the promises they made to the people that bought them; the rich, the corporations…the only answer is complete reform of our election process. Take the money out of elections!

    Check out Wolf Pac @ wolf.pac.com. They want a constitutional amendment doing away with Citizens United…

    28th Amendent
    Corporations are not people. They have none of the Constitutional rights of human beings. Corporations are not allowed to give money to any politician, directly or indirectly. No politician can raise over $100 from any person or entity. All elections must be publicly financed.

    Take action! Do more than comment and complain!

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