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