Records Show How Much MBTA Safety Panel Costs

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Last month, it was reported that the MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB) was assembling a safety review panel following multiple derailments, disruptions, and delays.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Karyn Regal looked into how much the independent safety audit would cost.

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After Multiple Derailments, MBTA Assembles Safety Panel

After repeated press inquiries and a public records request, the MBTA released the contracts between the three hired consultants and the T.

The contracts reveal former Federal Transit Administration head Carolyn Flowers will cost $499 per hour.

Carolyn Flowers MBTA pay

Former New York MTA chief Carmen Bianco charges $412.50 per hour. He also has two associates who will cost $200 an hour each.

Carmen Bianco MBTA pay

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commands $35,000 a month.

These charges are before expenses. There is currently no total estimate.

Each contract can be extended up to 12 months.

Ray LaHood MBTA pay

The MBTA has experienced a series of derailments and service disruptions so far this year.

Several hundred people were evacuated from the MBTA Orange Line on Friday due to a track fire between the Wellington and Malden Center stops.

In July, it was reported that an ex-MBTA employee claimed he was fired for pointing out major safety concerns on the T.

FMCB chair Joseph Aiello said in a statement that the panel will help create "a culture of safety."

"The panel's review comes at a critical time as the MBTA ramps up capital spending and accelerates major infrastructure improvement projects. With each panelist having a reputation for independent thought and candor, I fully expect a frank and transparent review of MBTA safety practices and past incident," Aiello said.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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