The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System‘s ridership is down, and so is its revenue, but the agency’s Chief Executive Officer is getting a raise, according to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The MTS board approved the raise for CEO Paul Jablonski at its March 9 meeting, the U-T reported.
“The 3.5 percent pay increase boosts Jablonski’s annual base salary to $371,316 from $358,760, according to board records. The raise was retroactive to Jan. 1,” the U-T continued.
The leader is also receiving a $24,000 bonus to be placed in his retirement account, the U-T reported.
However, a report to the board listed some of Jablonski’s accomplishments in 2016, “which members considered when deciding on the merit-based raise,” according to the U-T.
Jablonski’s salary increase comes at a time when MTS passenger fare revenue is 5.9 percent below projections in the first half of the 2017 fiscal year, according to a presentation for board members, the U-T report continued.
An action plan for the agency calls for “review of all expenses and revenues; monitoring ridership, system performance, and sales tax trends; and pursuing fare increases,” the U-T reported.