The Metro train drivers have finally been given a new job: to make the trains run better.
Metro says its new train engineers are expected to be on the job by March, but in the meantime they are in charge of getting trains running at optimal speed and reliability.
The first wave of the new train engineering graduates are expected in March.
Metro, the state’s largest railway operator, said that the new hires are expected on a contract basis.
These new engineers will be expected to maintain and improve train operations and track maintenance and repair, Metro said in a press release.
This includes installing trackside lighting, replacing electrical systems and ensuring trains run at optimum speeds.
Metro said it will be an “in-depth training program” to give the engineers a thorough understanding of the system.
The new hires will work under Metro’s new CEO, Bill Scott, who took over in February.
Scott is a former federal transportation secretary, who also served as the chief operating officer of the Boston Metro.