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Coming soon: More mid-level management

by Benjamin Kabak

While the jury is still out, NYC Transit plans to expand their line manager program. Howard Roberts, head of NYCT, and Elliot “Lee” Sander, MTA chief, say that the line manager program will help, in the words of Pete Donohue, “reorganiz[e] and streamlin[e] the underground bureaucracy.” But critics note that the two current test lines — the 7 and L — aren’t showing marked improvements in operations and the cost of the program is a concern. At a time when costs everywhere are skyrocketing, I’m not quite sold on the idea of adding 20 more managerial positions.

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Todd July 24, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Man, they really need a new publicist over there at The MTA. Haven’t they heard of timing their press releases?

Eric July 24, 2008 - 5:30 pm

Every single line in the subway system already has 3 superintendents plus each section has a general superintendent also. There is way too much management in the system wasting money.

Andy July 24, 2008 - 5:54 pm

The idea is to get rid of those superintendents by implimenting someone who doesn’t need to go through lots of red tape to get things done. In the long run the plan is supposed to SAVE the MTA money. I actually like the idea and I have noticed a marked improvement of cleanliness on the 7 and L.

Eric July 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm

They are not getting rid of anybody they are adding more superintendents on top of what they already have. There has been zero mention of trimming some of the management waste.

Andy July 25, 2008 - 11:04 am

That’s because they are not going to fire people until they see if this program works when expanded to other more complicated lines. Either way, the program is supposed to eventually simplify things and save the MTA money in the long run. We all have to give it more time before we judge it.


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