Someone cut sunroofs in two of the MBTA’s armored cars used to transport money, Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday.
Baker revealed the new detail Wednesday in a speech reviewing the progress the T has made in the year since he set up a new board to fix the beleaguered agency. Baker didn’t say anything else about the sunroofs in the speech.
The T has been plagued by a number of problems, including an unsustainable operating budget, a pension system that Baker described as “in freefall,” and inefficient warehouse and cash counting operations.
In one of the more recent revelations, a consultant hired by the T reported this month that the T’s cash-counting operation has twice the number of workers typically employed by private companies in the industry, but the workers often complete just a fraction of the work they should compared with the industry standard.
The critical audit found a number of other problems at the 78-worker department, including serious security lapses at the cash-counting department in Charlestown that left the operation inadequately protected and at risk of theft and danger to its employees.
The audit found that a door to the vault room was duct-taped, cameras were removed or missing at guard stations, and keys to areas throughout the facility were not securely managed and inventoried, T officials said.
Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack has called the department “poorly and inefficently run.”