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.

After Multiple Derailments, MBTA Assembles Safety Panel
After Multiple Derailments, MBTA Assembles Safety Panel
After six derailments already this year, the MBTA is putting together a safety panel with high-profile experts—but officials haven't said how much they expect this to cost.

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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