RIDOT merging 2 units to save $0.5M/year

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Transportation today announced plans to save nearly $500,000 per year by consolidating its Transportation Management Center with its Maintenance Dispatch unit and eliminating five jobs.

“RIDOT did a cost-benefit analysis, as well as a pilot program earlier this year,” said Jerome F. Williams, the department’s director. In April and May, the third shifts of the two units were combined, “and proved to be a cohesive fit,” the RIDOT said.

Once the units are combined, on July 2, “the department will save $498,000,” Williams said, “by reducing the current 16 positions that perform these services down to 11.”

The move is part of a cost-cutting plan Williams began when he was appointed in February. “RIDOT’s intent is to continually evaluate its options, to streamline where possible and to be more efficient,” the department said in today’s announcement.

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