MBTA trolley operator in crash held second full-time job with Boston Housing Authority

The Green Line operator fired after last week’s crash at Boylston Street Station held two full-time jobs at once, working overnights at the Boston Housing Authority and driving for the MBTA by day, records show.

A Housing Authority spokeswoman identified the man today as James Marshall, a current employee who has been a public safety dispatcher for the authority for 26 years.

A T employee with knowledge of the proceedings confirmed that James E. Marshall was the driver fired Wednesday for last week’s crash, which officials blamed on fatigue.

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Lydia Agro, spokeswoman for the Boston Housing Authority, said Marshall works a “four-and-two schedule,” meaning he works four consecutive overnights on the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift, takes two days off, and then works four more.

“He is currently a BHA employee,”Agro said. “He has been a public safety dispatcher without incident or suspension for 26 years.”

MBTA officials have not identified the driver beyond saying that he is a 46-year-old hired by the T in 2006. But a T employee who was not authorized to speak confirmed that the driver was Marshall.

Marshall earned $63,398 plus benefits from the T last year. His current salary at the Boston Housing Authority is $40,136.50, Agro said.

A woman who answered the phone at a number associated with Marshall’s home address declined to comment, saying only, “How did you get this number? This is a nonpublished number. Thank you for calling, good-bye.”

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