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 nation’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. I’m very proud of our employees’ dedication to providing excellent public service, but it’s also important to reinforce our commitment to safety through the implementation of clear and strict regulations. It’s absolutely essential that we do everything we can to help ensure that each customer’s trip is a safe one.