Boston Transit Toughening Its Cellphone Policy for Drivers

June 18, 2014

The MBTA in Boston is toughening its cellphone policy for drivers, saying any bus or train operator would face dismissal for carrying a phone or other electronic device on the job even if it is not being used.

The new directive announced on Monday replaces a previous policy that called for a 10-day suspension for any driver in possession of a cellphone, and an automatic discharge if the device was being used.

Police said a bus driver involved in a crash in Newton, Mass., last month that injured several people had a cellphone in her hand at the time of the accident.

The original policy was instituted in 2009 after a trolley driver was found to have been texting his girlfriend just before a crash that injured dozens of passengers.

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