The head of NYC Transit has something in common with the poor schlubs who ride his subways and buses — he has to punch a clock, too.
Andy Byford told the BBC he was appalled when he got here in January and found out that the policy of tracking worked hours extends all the way to the top. He learned that his secretary would be keeping track of all of his hours.
For the train expert, who previously headed up the Toronto Transit Commission and also held several high positions at the London Underground, an executive having to track their hours was unheard of.
“It’s ridiculous, I’m the president of the company,” he told the BBC. “I said, ‘Don’t bother doing that, I’ve more than worked my hours.’”
MTA officials confirmed that Byford must work at least 40 hours a week and usually works many more than that.
There is one person at the MTA who doesn’t have to clock in — Chairman Joe Lhota. Since Lhota is a board member and not an employee, he is not bound by the same rules.