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Queston about Conductors

Postby SaraShaw » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:36 pm

Sometimes the same conductors are on my AM train and PM train making for well over 12 hours. Do they get off the train where it stops or do they have to get a ride back to where they live. I am always curious about the long hours some seem to take on.

Then some seem to jump lines... being on the Franklin line at night but the Worcester one during the day. Also how much do they get paid? I mean just a range. I have a few friends who were curious about it.
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby CRail » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:44 am

Conductors work assigned runs, which work specific trains. Some jobs have a release (long break) in the middle of the day, this is likely the case with the conductors you see during both commutes. Generally, the runs are only specific to the north side or south side, a conductor could work a train to Worcester, then a Needham, and then a Stoughton. Never would a run work a train to Lowell and then go to Providence.

For employment information, I'd refer you to the appropriate forum on this site.
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby AEM7AC920 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:46 am

To further what CR said without getting into the specifics, counductors are under federal hours of service so there are no 12 hour continuous runs. During they day there are breaks between 4-6 hrs. Last posting for assistant conductor was around 22 per hr starting rate so pay is anywhere between 22 starting and 31 max an hr (again just quoting numbers from various job postings).
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby jamesinclair » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:22 pm

Part of the reason transit operators get a "high" (always subject to debate) pay is precisely because split shifts are less desirable. You have to pay a premium to get people to work 6am-10 and then again 4pm-8pm because it means double commuting and also makes social activities more difficult.
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby MBTA1016 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:48 pm

CRail wrote:Conductors work assigned runs, which work specific trains. Some jobs have a release (long break) in the middle of the day, this is likely the case with the conductors you see during both commutes. Generally, the runs are only specific to the north side or south side, a conductor could work a train to Worcester, then a Needham, and then a Stoughton. Never would a run work a train to Lowell and then go to Providence.

For employment information, I'd refer you to the appropriate forum on this site.



Not to mention the train they're on could be assigned to do a run on a different line once it gets to south station.
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby boblothrope » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:21 pm

jamesinclair wrote:Part of the reason transit operators get a "high" (always subject to debate) pay is precisely because split shifts are less desirable. You have to pay a premium to get people to work 6am-10 and then again 4pm-8pm because it means double commuting and also makes social activities more difficult.


Is it hard to find people to fill these jobs? Or is there a waiting list?
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby AEM7AC920 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:28 pm

The railroad itself is a hard place to get on, the benefits and pay are almost unbeatable. I know the last few asst conductor postings had over a thousand applicants despite the bad work hours when you first hire out.
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Re: Queston about Conductors

Postby CRail » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:09 am

There are waiting lists full of people who think the jobs are cushy because it doesn't appear that the person they see doing it is working very hard. What they don't know is what goes on behind the scenes, the hours that person works, the tasks that person is required to do in certain situations, or the knowledge the person is required to have. Of one thousand applicants, a couple hundred end up qualified, 2 or so dozen end up hired, and 1 or so dozen end up lasting. The T has a lottery with tens of thousands of applicants, yet they're often short staffed. MBCR has many applicants for every entry level posting they put out, but still sometimes run short crews. Sure, you can get people to fill these jobs, but even with the pay and benefits that are offered it can be awfully difficult to keep them.
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