What the Heck Is Wrong With Boston’s MBTA?

Street Blogs USA | By Angie Schmitt | Friday, November 4, 2016

crszq7owaaaffsq-722x1024Last week, the engine on one of Boston’s Orange Line trains overheated and ignited some trash, filling traincars with smoke. Passengers broke windows to escape. Three people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

The scare focused attention on long-standing maintenance problems for the T: It’s underfunded, upkeep is falling behind, and the quality of service is suffering. Orange Line trains, many of which are three decades old, were in line for replacement later this year. Not soon enough to prevent last week’s meltdown.

The MBTA is mired in debt and has a $7.3 billion repair backlog. Following the Orange Line debacle, Mayor Marty Walsh called for a new funding source.

“The problem we have is a problem of literally decades of disinvestment. We have a long way to go in Massachusetts before we have a transportation system that reflects our values and our needs,” former Massachusetts DOT director Jim Aloisi told Streetsblog.

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1 comment

    • jcmbta on November 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    this type of failure fire/smoke filling up the transit vehicles and only one operator sitting in the front car and also not allowed to leave his seat is the reason this change was rejected many years ago. having another transit worker monitoring the doors/vehicle operation is required but the MBTA is concerned NOT about safety of the customers.

    examples other than fire smoke ,, doors opening on the wrong side, the draw bars break off the cars separate.. a terror attack or other dangerous activity .

    passenger safety should be #1 but then again transit worker safety is also not a concern of the MBTA management …..

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