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MBTA officials say negative press to blame for hiring woes

Only 10 subway dispatchers have been hired since the MBTA slashed weekday service in June to comply with a federal directive, and several agency officials are placing part of the blame on the media.

“We’re getting our asses kicked in the press these days,” said Travis McCready, a member of the MBTA Planning, Workforce, Development and Compensation subcommittee, in a meeting this week. “A day does not go by when there’s not an article in multiple media outlets about the MBTA, and it’s not positive.”

McCready questioned whether the “negative media attention” was impacting hiring at the MBTA and affecting morale among existing employees.

“I just wonder how folks are managing and dealing with this public moment the MBTA is going through,” he said.

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