Management & Operations

Transit Wages Increase Less Than Other Sectors, Rutgers Study Says

Posted on November 13, 2000

The wages for transit bus operators in-creased .4% over the period from 1982 to 1997, compared to about 22% for other government sectors, says the Transportation Policy Institute of Rutgers University. The average wage for a transit bus operator was $15.13 in 1997, compared to $15.07 in 1982. Wages for rail operators increased 6.1% to $19.09 and wages for mechanics increased 1.1% to $16.78. "The report demonstrates that transit labor costs have increased at substantially lower rates than labor costs in other sectors of the economy," reads the study. Wages in the manufacturing sector were about 16% higher than those in transit. The increase for transit operators was consistent throughout the transportation and public utility sectors, which both had a 5% increase. While transit wage increases were less than rates in other sectors, transit operating costs devoted to labor compensation was consistent. For transit, the percentage of operating expenses devoted to labor compensations increased from 60.9% to 62.6%. Fringe benefit expenses account for most of that increase. The report observed the top hourly wage at about 130 agencies over a 15-year period.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

New York MTA names Byford president of NYC Transit

A seasoned and highly regarded transportation professional whose work has taken him across three continents over nearly three decades, Andy Byford joins NYC Transit after a widely hailed five-year stint as the CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission.

TransLoc announces MARTA, Detroit as MicroTransit Challenge winners

The Challenge sought to identify the nation’s most visionary municipal transit agencies and reward them with the expertise, planning resources, data analytics, and predictive modeling to help stimulate demand-driven, flexible transit in the communities they serve.

LA Metro teams to bring shared rides to select train stations

The project will be supported in part by a $1.35 million from Mobility on Demand Sandbox grant from the Federal Transit Administration FTA.

SCRTTC Hits $50K Milestone with Transit Scholarship Awards

Each year, the James A Ditch Educational Fund promotes careers in public transit by accepting applications for scholarships from college students enrolled in automotive/transportation courses.

New Flyer to invest $28 million in Ky. facility

The Shepherdsville, Ky. facility will fabricate parts for the manufacture of New Flyer transit buses, MCI motorcoaches, and spare parts for NFI Parts.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close