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RIPTA Statement in Response to GoLocal Investigation, Says “Staffing & Overtime Managed Effectively”

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

 

On Wednesday morning, RIPTA Issued the following statement in response to a GoLocal Investigation:

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) said today that it welcomes any public discussion of its staffing levels, overtime costs and safety procedures. “Fiscal responsibility and prudence are driving forces in RIPTA’s operations. Any suggestion otherwise is based on a misunderstanding of the facts,” said RIPTA CEO Raymond Studley.

Questions have been raised about RIPTA’s overtime costs, but “overtime is an issue throughout the transit industry,” Studley explained. “The question is how to manage those costs as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

The challenge is how to balance the cost of permanent staffing with the cost of daily overtime, said Studley. “The fact is, it’s often more cost-effective to pay overtime than to incur the cost of hiring more employees.” For example, a top-scale driver with a salary of about $58,000, costs the Authority an additional $44,000 in benefits and retirement costs. This means that an experienced driver who earns less than $44,000 in overtime actually represents an overall savings to RIPTA, Studley explained. “People have to remember that if you simply go out to hire more drivers or mechanics to bring down overtime, you will burden taxpayers down the road with the cost of paying pensions and other post-retirement benefits,“ he said.

RIPTA works hard to maintain an appropriate staffing level, said Studley, but this too can be a challenge. This year RIPTA increased its budgeted driver positions from 391 to 401, but it can be difficult to fill these jobs. As Studley explained, “the main problem is that there is a nationwide shortage of people with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs),” which are legally required for all bus drivers, and there is also a shortage of diesel mechanics who are able to work on RIPTA buses. These shortages hamper RIPTA’s constant need to infuse its workforce with new workers as long-term employees retire. Nonetheless, “RIPTA continues to aggressively recruit employees by hosting job fairs, attending employment recruitment events and advertising,” Studley said.

Other factors that play into personnel and overtime costs are provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between RIPTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents drivers and other employees who are eligible for overtime. RIPTA and the ATU have been without a contract since June 2016, and are scheduled to participate in binding arbitration. “We are currently headed for arbitration with the ATU so we can appropriately manage labor costs and benefits, and so we can secure improved management controls over a number of operational issues, including overtime,” said Studley.

Despite all these issues, Studley said, RIPTA’s payroll costs were under budget in Fiscal 2016, and are running approximately 3% over budget in Fiscal 2017. “The notion that we aren’t properly managing staffing and overtime costs just isn’t true.”

Whatever the financial environment, “safety will always be our highest priority,” said Studley. RIPTA meets or exceeds safety standards set by federal regulations and also employs industry “best practices.” Regardless of overtime, there is a limit on how long drivers can work, and they must have a minimum of nine hours off between full shifts. “These measures are in place to make sure that drivers don’t get fatigued from too much driving,” Studley explained. “When it comes to safety, we will use every tool – from training to technology – that we have at our disposal.”

Studley concluded by saying, “The oversight that I and my senior staff exercise in managing staffing levels and overtime is just one example of the due diligence we apply to all aspects of RIPTA operations on a daily basis.”

 

Related Slideshow: Top 100 Overtimers at RIPTA

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#100

JERIMAL BARNES

Salary: $45,170.54

Overtime: $22,707.39

Total: $67,877.93

Does not include benefits

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#99

BRENDA BRIERE

Salary: $60,302.26

Overtime: $22,801.78

Total: $83,104.04

Does not include benefits

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#98

MARSEL GARCIA

Salary: $47,368.14

Overtime: $22,832.61

Total: $70,200.75

Does not include benefits

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#97

JENNIFER DONAHAY

Salary: $57,083.95

Overtime: $22,910.62

Total: $79,994.54

Does not include benefits

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#96

JAMES GARCIA

Salary: $57,177.33

Overtime: $23,025.74

Total: $80,203.07

Does not include benefits

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#95

JEFFREY THERIAULT

Salary: $47,370.19

Overtime: $23,195.92

Total: $70,566.11

Does not include benefits

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#94

ANTOINIER PINTHIERE

Salary: $40,231.47

Overtime: $23,220.03

Total: $63,451.5

Does not include benefits

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#93

ARTHUR TILLEY

Salary: $60,646.22

Overtime: $23,319.01

Total: $83,965.23 

Does not include benefits

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#92

A JOSEPH DAOU

Salary: $40,226.29

Overtime: $23,518.67

Total: $63,744.96

Does not include benefits

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#91

ANTONIO LOPES

Salary: $37,807.65

Overtime: $23,591.75

Total: $61,399.4

Does not include benefits

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#90

PENELOPE CODY-HEROUX

Salary: $42,539.58

Overtime: $23,786.93

Total: $66,326.51

Does not include benefits

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#89

ABIODUN OSHIYEMI

Salary: $56,424.39

Overtime: $23,945.01

Total: $80,369.4

Does not include benefits

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#88

OSWALDO RIVERA

Salary: $33,963.10

Overtime: $24,169.54

Total: $58,132.64

Does not include benefits

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#87

NERY DURAN

Salary: $47,826.31

Overtime: $24,171.43

Total: $71,997.74

Does not include benefits

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#86

PIERRE CHARLES

Salary: $56,467.37

Overtime: $24,236.90

Total: $80,704.27

Does not include benefits

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#85

DAVID BLAIS

Salary: $62,316.27

Overtime: $24,281.46

Total: $86,597.73

Does not include benefits

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#84

ANTHONY WILLIAMS

Salary: $61,714.37

Overtime: $24,377.80

Total: $86,092.17 

Does not include benefits

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#83

NICHOLAS DECRISTOFARO

Salary: $59,374.23

Overtime: $24,557.13

Total: $83,931.36

Does not include benefits

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#82

GIOVANNI TIBURCIO

Salary: $59,579.49

Overtime: $24,645.30

Total: $84,224.79

Does not include benefits

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#81

WILLIAM FELCI

Salary: $61,242.21

Overtime: $24,721.23

Total: $85,963.44

Does not include benefits

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#80

MICHAEL CAMPOPIANO

Salary: $57,838.80

Overtime: $24,766.28

Total: $82,605.08

Does not include benefits

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#79

ROBERT ANDOSCIA

Salary: $70,601.28

Overtime: $24,787.80

Total: $95,389.08

Does not include benefits

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#78

MICHAEL PELLETIER

Salary: $59,553.13

Overtime: $24,798.52

Total: $84,351.65

Does not include benefits

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#77

JULES ROMAIN

Salary: $60,919.34

Overtime: $24,861.48

Total: $85,780.82

Does not include benefits

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#76

ERNST LUBIN

Salary: $65,183.76

Overtime: $25,318.42

Total: $90,502.18

Does not include benefits

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#75

CHARLES WILLIS

Salary: $65,945.25

Overtime: $25,544.98

Total: $91,490.23

Does not include benefits

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#74

STEPHEN ZACHAS

Salary: $64,362.72

Overtime: $25,594.00

Total: $89,956.72

Does not include benefits

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#73

ORLANDO SEMEDO

Salary: $61,694.61

Overtime: $25,688.86

Total: $87,383.47

Does not include benefits

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#72

DIMKY EDOUARD

Salary: $56,220.53

Overtime: $25,707.05

Total: $81,927.58

Does not include benefits

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#71

JAMES MANER

Salary: $60,082.03

Overtime: $25,771.87

Total: $85,853.9

Does not include benefits

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#70

MAURICE HOWIE

Salary: $70,170.11

Overtime: $26,013.00

Total: $96,183.11

Does not include benefits

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#69

FERNAND LAGUERRE

Salary: $59,563.90

Overtime: $26,014.51

Total: $85,578.41

Does not include benefits

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#68

KENNETH ATHAIDE

Salary: $65,816.19

Overtime: $26,238.96

Total: $92,055.15

Does not include benefits

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#67

DAVID LEMIRE

Salary: $64,622.21

Overtime: $26,673.94

Total: $91,296.15

Does not include benefits

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#66

KEVIN DECOSTA

Salary: $60,720.01

Overtime: $26,682.68

Total: $87,402.69

Does not include benefits

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#65

HENRY WILLIAMS

Salary: $75,864.00

Overtime: $26,901.18

Total: $102,765.18

Does not include benefits

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#64

CARLOS ROCHA

Salary: $72,422.30

Overtime: $26,924.37

Total: $99,346.67

Does not include benefits

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#63

CHARLES CAMPBELL

Salary: $54,881.00

Overtime: $27,059.66

Total: $81,940.66

Does not include benefits

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#62

ELEUTERIO TORTI

Salary: $60,846.67

Overtime: $27,175.79

Total: $88,022.46

Does not include benefits

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#61

ELDORA GIBLIN

Salary: $58,241.09

Overtime: $27,294.04

Total: $85,535.13

Does not include benefits

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#60

MEURIS MOQUETE

Salary: $67,626.46

Overtime: $27,478.84

Total: $95,105.3

Does not include benefits

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#59

EDDY PIERRE PHILIPPE

Salary: $68,720.56

Overtime: $27,539.27

Total: $96,259.83

Does not include benefits

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#58

JASON FERREIRA

Salary: $74,351.36

Overtime: $27,555.32

Total: 101,906.68

Does not include benefits

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#57

JAMES BIANCHI

Salary: $57,462.71

Overtime: $27,632.22

Total: $85,094.93

Does not include benefits

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#56

MARY HATHAWAY

Salary: $38,637.04

Overtime: $27,644.10

Total: $66,281.14

Does not include benefits

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#55

DENNIS DUGAN

Salary: $61,758.61

Overtime: $27,941.43

Total: $89,700.04

Does not include benefits

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#54

OSIEL OLIVA

Salary: $51,294.64

Overtime: $27,984.21

Total: $79,278.85

Does not include benefits

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#53

FIROUZ PAZHOUHANDEH

Salary: $63,288.54

Overtime: $28,013.90

Total: $91,302.44

Does not include benefits

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#52

LOVERIDGE AMOAKO

Salary: $68,757.43

Overtime: $28,127.17

Total: $96,884.6

Does not include benefits

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#51

DAVID MCGEE

Salary: $61,188.94

Overtime: $28,388.53

Total: $89,577.47

Does not include benefits

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#50

SLAV MALYUTA

Salary: $40,164.78

Overtime: $28,802.99

Total: $68,967.77

Does not include benefits

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#49

MILTON LUNA

Salary: $60,352.93

Overtime: $28,832.53

Total: 89,185.46

Does not include benefits

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#48

JOSEPH COLE

Salary: $65,644.69

Overtime: $29,904.84

Total: $95,549.53

Does not include benefits

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#47

GEORGE CURRAN

Salary: $68,968.48

Overtime: $30,022.05

Total: $98,990.53

Does not include benefits

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#46

PETER DZIEDZIC

Salary: $61,072.04

Overtime: $30,820.70

Total: $91,892.74

Does not include benefits

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#45

JORGE VIZCAINO

Salary: $67,905.35

Overtime: $30,900.19

Total: $98,805.54

Does not include benefits

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#44

BERT DEMERS

Salary: $65,121.68

Overtime: $31,222.21

Total: $96,343.89

Does not include benefits 

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#43

LENUS BAPTISTE

Salary: $39,874.52

Overtime: $31,283.90

Total: $71,158.42

Does not include benefits 

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#42

JOHN TANCREDI

Salary: $69,805.26

Overtime: $31,362.49

Total: $101,167.75

Does not include benefits

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#41

SAMUEL RIVERA

Salary: $47,874.95

Overtime: $31,394.86

Total: $76,269.81

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#40

RAYMOND LEE

Salary: $67,935.57

Overtime: $31,442.45

Total: $99,378.02

Does not include benefits

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#39

ALBERT CARDILLO

Salary: $60,086.08

Overtime: $31,736.42

Total: $91,822.5

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#38

XIOMARA PACHECO

Salary: $68,383.37

Overtime: $31,819.18

Total: $100,202.55

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#37

SHELDON WILLIAMS

Salary: $60,798.37

Overtime: $31,849.70

Total: $92,648.07

Does not include benefits

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#36

WELLINGTON TAVAREZ

Salary: $58,525.45

Overtime: $32,213.38

Total: $90,738.83

Does not include benefits

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#35

DAVID NOVSAM

Salary: $61,966.07

Overtime: $32,414.02

Total: $94,380.09

Does not include benefits

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#34

MARILYN RAPOSA

Salary: $60,837.44

Overtime: $32,555.86

Total: $93,393.3

Does not include benefits

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#33

JEAN LOUIS

Salary: $64,816.03

Overtime: $32,768.48

Total: $97,584.51

Does not include benefits

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#32

ANTONIO VARGAS

Salary: $56,851.23

Overtime: $33,014.32

Total: $89,865.55

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#31

FRED NASH

Salary: $39,037.18

Overtime: $33,286.43

Total: $72,323.61

Does not include benefits

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#30

MATTHEW BORGES

Salary: $61,538.40

Overtime: $33,312.95

Total: $94,851.35

Does not include benefits

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#29

DANILO PAULINO

Salary: $57,872.33

Overtime: $33,391.43

Total: $91,263.76

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#28

OSCAR DELCID

Salary: $61,871.52

Overtime: $34,594.63

Total: $96,466.15

Does not include benefits

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#27

BENJAMIN CABRERA

Salary: $48,300.97

Overtime: $35,264.78

Total: $83,565.75

Does not include benefits

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#26

FELIX TERRERO

Salary: $57,890.97

Overtime: $35,267.81

Total: $93,158.78

Does not include benefits

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#25

EDMUND MELLO

Salary: $62,106.72

Overtime: $35,272.97

Total: $97,379.69

Does not include benefits

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#24

LAWRENCE ONYE

Salary: $60,037.59

Overtime: $35,655.53

Total: $95,693.12

Does not include benefits

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#23

DONALD SPELLMAN

Salary: $60,171.53

Overtime: $35,959.88

Total: $96,131.41

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#22

VICTOR FERREIRA

Salary: $49,687.19

Overtime: $36,268.59

Total: $85,955.78

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#21

JEAN ALTERA

Salary: $64,439.65

Overtime: $36,722.77

Total: $101,162.42

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#20

KEVIN CAHILL

Salary: $61,882.27

Overtime: $36,831.63

Total: $98,713.9

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#19

DAVID ST.GERMAIN

Salary: $58,210.46

Overtime: $37,099.91

Total: $95,310.37

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#18

MARIAN LONCZAK

Salary: $74,721.30

Overtime: $38,320.12

Total: $113,041.42

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#17

LAWRENCE THORNTON

Salary: $58,770.93

Overtime: $39,139.03

Total: $97,909.96

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#16

JULIO ROCA

Salary: $66,959.54

Overtime: $39,256.56

Total: $106,216.1

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#15

JEFFREY ROY

Salary: $60,785.53

Overtime: $40,374.83

Total: $101,160.36

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#14

PAUL PRICE

Salary: $60,574.83

Overtime: $40,782.05

Total: $101,356.88

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#13

JOSEPH LIMA

Salary: $65,717.90

Overtime: $42,067.18

Total: $107,785.08

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#12

JULIEN RAVENEAU

Salary: $62,387.59

Overtime: $43,244.80

Total: $105,632.39

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#11

STEPHEN MIELE

Salary: $62,797.76

Overtime: $45,612.73

Total: $108,410.49

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#10

PASCO MACARI

Salary: $59,191.64

Overtime: $45,837.34

Total: $105,028.98

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#9

LIVINGSTON CICERON

Salary: $57,473.30

Overtime: $46,234.44

Total: $103,707.74

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#8

STEPHEN FARRELL

Salary: $63,534.81

Overtime: $46,880.08

Total: $110,414.89

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#7

PAPA NDIAYE

Salary: $57,226.65

Overtime: $46,898.01

Total: $104,124.66

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#6

WILLIAM BLAIR

Salary: $61,665.97

Overtime: $48,069.52

Total: $109,735.49

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#5

LYNN HENDERSON

Salary: $61,909.12

Overtime: $51,238.23

Total: $113,147.35

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#4

RAYMOND HOLT

Salary: $74,738.88

Overtime: $52,280.20

Total: $127,019.08

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#3

DENNIS CONNOLLY

Salary: $60,932.98

Overtime: $53,056.52

Total: $113,989.5

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#2

JOHN REALL

Salary: $61,145.00

Overtime: $53,766.95

Total: $114,911.95

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#1

JOSEPH MONTI

Salary: $84,823.35

Overtime: $58,359.06

Total: $143,182.41

Does not include benefits

 
 

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