The T announced today a change in employee rules under which any employee found merely possessing a cell phone on the job will be cashiered.
Previously, the T had only fired workers found using a phone and meted out a ten-day suspension for on-the-job suspension. But then came last month's crash that left a T bus dangling over the turnpike in Newton, caused the T says, by the driver being on the phone at the time.
In a statement, T General Manager Beverly Scott says:
As the nationâ€™s fifth busiest public transit system, the MBTA moves millions of people around Greater Boston every week. Their safety is, and always will be, our top priority. Iâ€™m very proud of our employeesâ€™ dedication to providing excellent public service, but itâ€™s also important to reinforce our commitment to safety through the implementation of clear and strict regulations. Itâ€™s absolutely essential that we do everything we can to help ensure that each customerâ€™s trip is a safe one.