Two-Thirds Of MBTA Workers With Coronavirus Are Vehicle Drivers


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority confirms 30 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, two-thirds of whom operate passenger vehicles.

According to a statement from the MBTA, 18 of the 30 cases are bus drivers, one case is a subway driver and one case is a trolley driver.

"The MBTA has taken a number of steps to protect the health and safety of the workforce," the statement said. "It will continue to work with the unions to identify additional actions for the protection of employees."

The announcement comes after the MBTA initiated a temperature-testing program for its employees at a major facility in South Boston earlier this week. The statement says that practice will expand to more MBTA garages "next week."

The MBTA reports it has distributed Personal Protection Equipment, "including hand sanitizer, protective eyewear and gloves to bus and train operators (and more of this PPE is available upon request)."

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