Reorganization at Port Authority?
The budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 for the Port Authority was presented today at a board committee meeting and according to a news report the budget will increase by $22 million over the $419 million for the current fiscal year that ends June 30th.
The proposed budget will add headcount in management, a new planning division with a director (the Authority used to have a Planning and Service Development Division that was folded into Operations in FY13-14) a manager for the proposed BRT system (which has not been granted money from the Federal Small Starts program yet), and jobs in vehicle maintenance.
Currently the Authority has budgeted for 2,607 employees in six divisions (CEO, Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, and Communications). It is not clear if the proposed planning division will be a new stand-alone division or if it will absorb one of the existing divisions. In the last four fiscal years besides the Planning and Service Development Division being absorbed into Operations, functions related to Customer Service, Retail Sales, and Transit Police have been shuffled around the organizational chart based on past budgets. From actual headcounts FY12-13 through FY 14-15 employment rose by 59 from 2,404 to 2,463.