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Manpower Planning for Transit Operations

The single largest line item in metropolitan transit budgets is labor cost. Transit authorities face high labor costs, constrained work rules, and variable workforce availability due to planned and unplanned absences, as well day-to-day variation in work required. Common practice to cope with this variability is to have a certain fraction of the workforce serve as extraboard operators who are not assigned particular duties in advance, but are assigned to open work as it becomes available. Diwakar Gupta (Mechanical Engineering) and Nigel Wilson (Civil Engineering at MIT) will partner with Twin Cities Metro Transit management to develop implementable approaches for improving extraboard sizing decisions. The project goals are consistent with policies of the Metropolitan Council that require transit providers to promote innovation, efficiency, flexibility, and greater diversity of options in operating and managing transit services.

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Twin Cities Metro Transit
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Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737

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