MBTA inventory system ‘completely broken,’ official says

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Describing a dysfunctional MBTA inventory system that does not meet industry standards, transit authority officials and a consultant made the case Monday to outsource the operations.

“We have a completely broken system,” MBTA Chief Procurement Officer Gerard Polcari told reporters Monday ahead of an MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting. He said the problems was “decades” in the making and outsourcing would be a “game-changer.”

The MBTA takes about 82 hours to deliver requested parts while the industry standard is 12 hours, according to the T. While the industry standard is 95 percent accuracy of items, the MBTA weighted average of its accuracy is 56 percent.

“I’ve never seen numbers like these,” said Ernest Miller, managing partner at Optio Tempore, who was brought in to look at the T’s system.

Polcari said the plan would be to select a new warehouse and logistics vendor by August.

— Written by Andy Metzger

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