The MBTA announced today a system-wide ban on drivers carrying cell phones and other electronic devices on the job. On Friday, 24-year-old trolley driver Aiden Quinn, a 2002 Quincy High graduate, crashed into another Green Line car between Government Center and Park Street, sending 49 passengers to local hospitals with minor injuries. Quinn told authorities he had been texting his girlfriend at the time of the accident.

The MBTA announced today a system-wide ban on drivers carrying cell phones and other electronic devices on the job.


The new policy takes affect Monday and adds on to an existing ban against using them to talk or text while operating subway trains, buses and trolleys.


On Friday, 24-year-old trolley driver Aiden Quinn, a 2002 Quincy High graduate, crashed into another Green Line car between Government Center and Park Street, sending 49 passengers to local hospitals with minor injuries. Quinn told authorities he had been texting his girlfriend at the time of the accident.


In addition to cell phones, banned devices include iPods and other MP3 players, Bluetooth devices and two-way pagers, according to the MBTA.


Operators caught in possession of any of these devices will be suspended for 10 days for the first offense and 30 days for subsequent offenses.


If caught using the device to talk, text or listen to music, an operator will be suspended for 30 days and recommended for discharge.


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