Federal Agency Reviewing MBTA After String Of Passenger Accidents

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Federal Transit Administration is reviewing safety standards on the MBTA after a string of passenger incidents in recent months. The MBTA said the review started last month with a meeting.

Most recently, the National Transportation Safety Board said a man from Boston was dragged to his death in April when he was caught in the door as he exited a Red Line train at Broadway Station. Other high profile incidents include a woman killed by a Commuter Rail train in Wilmington in February, a Green Line crash in June 2021 that injured close to two dozen people, and an escalator malfunction that ended in a lawsuit in September.

"The MBTA fully supports the FTA's review of the Authority's safety-related processes and practices and welcomes a constructive and collaborative process," an MBTA spokesman said.

The FTA said it was “extremely concerned with the ongoing safety issues” at the MBTA, and that it "remains unclear what actions the MBTA Board and executive team are implementing, according to a letter obtained by the Boston Globe.

In response for a request to comment, the MBTA said it has "almost doubled the size of its Safety Department" in the last three years, and pointed to some of its major safety efforts, like the $212 million Green Line Anti-Collision Program.

WBZ NewsRadio has reached out to the FTA for comment and has not heard back yet.

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