MBTA calls for change – NBC Boston
Calls are mounting to fix the MBTA after another derailment on Tuesday.
Advocates of public transit want more resources and investments in the aging system.
Elisabeth Boyce-Jacino was on the derailed Red Line train at Broadway station in South Boston on Tuesday. As the trains were back in operation on Wednesday, she had more than a few questions about track safety.
An MBTA train that derailed Tuesday morning pulled away from the platform in the evening as crews worked, with passengers having to board the bus.
“It’s frustrating not knowing for sure if it will be completely safe or if it will get me where I need to go,” Boyce-Jacino said.
The MBTA says an investigation is underway, but with a series of recent incidents – including a collision on the Green Line in July and an escalator malfunction that left nine people injured at Back Bay station on Sunday – Boyce-Jacino is not the only one concerned.
“I’m really worried that someone is hurt again,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance.
Thompson and others with the Transit is Essential Coalition plan to rally outside Massachusetts State House on Thursday and call on lawmakers to provide more funding for the MBTA.
Thompson also wants Governor Charlie Baker to appoint a new budget management and control board for the MBTA. The agency has been deprived of it since the end of June.
“A huge amount of the workforce is dependent on T, and if it’s not safe and unreliable, our economy is not going to come out of COVID, and it’s going to have a ripple effect in region and state, ”says Thompson.
An MBTA Red Line train with nearly 50 people on board derailed and struck a platform on Tuesday. No one was injured, but many commuters had their trips delayed.
Carl Berkowitz, a transportation engineering expert, said this is a maintenance issue for the MBTA to resolve.
“When you can’t get from point A to point B safely, three things happen: poor management, poor employee training and lack of funds,” Berkowitz said.
Baker said his administration has invested more than $ 5 billion to upgrade the long-neglected system, but he understands there is still work to be done.
NBC10 Boston obtained this MBTA video showing an Orange Line train derailment on March 16. No one was hurt.
“I think there have been eight derailments in the past 24 months. It’s eight too many, but again the T is safe. Every day thousands of people rely on it to get where they want to go. go, and it works, “he added. said Boulanger.
The MBTA did not make anyone available for an interview, but issued a statement that safety and reliability are its top priority, and the agency continues to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.