Can the MBTA Improve Operations Through Service Chain Optimization?
BOSTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With a pending 23% MBTA fare hike scheduled for July 1, $51 million on the table for a last-minute budget bailout, and a staggering 20% projected increase in riders, Boston commuters are being hammered by numbers. On ClickSoftware's Clickipedia Blog, Mike Karlskind, Vice President of Service Optimization Strategies, discusses the details of the cash-strapped MBTA, some thoughts on giving a smartphone to every employee, and shares a detailed infographic that breaks down the debt and operating costs.
In looking at the numbers, what Karlskind found most interesting is that the MBTA has to shut down at 12:30am every night so crews can do necessary repairs, including working through a $4.5 billion backlog of maintenance projects on aging equipment. These numbers for any operation – public or private – when combined with an $8.5 billion debt load and an overtime operating budget of $30.9 million, begs the question: are there other solutions?
Fare hikes should help, but fares only account for 28% of the MBTA revenue. So does cutting routes and raising fares make sense?
The Clickipedia blog highlights tactics that companies like the MBTA can take to lower operating costs, increase productivity, and address a large backlog of maintenance projects.
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