T ridership keeps falling as staff infections rise
18 employees, including 10 bus drivers, test positive
MBTA GENERAL MANAGER Steve Poftak disclosed on Monday that 18 employees, including 10 bus drivers, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The other employees who tested positive include one subway and Green Line operator along with six other non-customer-facing workers – a bus inspector, a subway supervisor, a fare equipment technician, a construction division inspector, a rail repairer, and a railyard motor person. On Wednesday, only three employees, all bus drivers, had been infected.
Poftak did not disclose what bus or subway lines the operators worked on. He said the Department of Public Health will communicate with individuals who had “prolonged direct contact” with the employees who contracted COVID-19.
“All of us at the MBTA are performing a crucial duty for our community during an unprecedented period in our community and country’s history,” Poftak said in a communication to employees. “I appreciate the service you provide and the sacrifice that you are making to perform this mission.”
All subway lines are carrying fewer passengers. The Blue Line is carrying the most, down 83 percent from the benchmark. The Red Line is down 90 percent, the Orange Line 89 percent, the Green Line 92 percent, and the Silver Line 94 percent.