Federal officials investigate MBTA after Red Line death – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — Federal officials are investigating the MBTA in the wake of a man who dies after being pulled by a Red Line train and other high-profile cases of injuries at TU trains and stations.

MBTA general manager Steve Poftak said Tuesday that the Federal Transit Administration will investigate the agency and that MBTA officials would work with federal supervisors.

“The MBTA is secure and we work every day to make it more secure and if they identify gaps we will fill those gaps,” Poftak said. “We have extensive records of the things we have done and we look forward to sharing it with the FTA and receiving their feedback.

The state’s National Transportation Safety Board is already investigating how Robinson Lalin, 39, was dragged 105 feet at the Broadway MBTA station and killed when the doors of a Red Line train closed on his arm last month. The T has sustained serious injuries over the past year, with a Green Line crash hospitalizing dozens and an escalator malfunction at Back Bay Station causing scores of injuries.

Poftak said the Red Line train, which moved after the door on Lalin’s arm closed, was caused by an “anomaly” not seen on any other train, and said the T spent millions on new equipment and nearly doubled the size of its security department. He said the MBTA will begin meetings with federal officials this week.

“We want to participate in this process and cooperate and work together,” said Poftak. “If we find deficiencies related to safety, we will fix them immediately.”

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