Examiner: Metro to grow finance, IT staff
Metro wants to add 263 positions to its roughly 11,000-person staff in 2012, despite a budget shortfall of $72 million, the Examiner reported today.
Some of Metro's budget woes have come from increased overtime costs due to a shortage of bus and train drivers, but the positions added would instead include 100 information technology positions and 37 financial services workers. Seven of those financial service workers could include customer support.
The safety department--a priority of newly-named CEO Richard Sarles--would grow by only one position, and transit cops, which are undertaking a new bag-inspection program, could receive 10 new positions.
A Metro spokesperson said the increased IT staffers are in part due to a reduction in outside contractors. The agency has also won accolades for beefing up its formerly-meager outward-facing data operations, allowing people to pull up next-train and next-bus info on their cell phones.
Some of the positions could go away after the Dulles Rail and cell phone reception work is completed, according to the Examiner.
None of the details in the proposed budget are finalized, and at this point, Metro is counting on asking jurisdictions for extra funding to close it.
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