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.READ MORE: UMass Amherst Brings Back Football Tailgate With COVID Restrictions
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.READ MORE: To Do List: Oktoberfest, Live Music, Fireworks, And Family Fun
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.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
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