BRAINTREE, MASS. (WHDH) – MBTA again this week removed all new Orange and Red Line cars from service for safety reasons, confirming the removal on the same day officials announced a supervisor was suspended after cars were uncoupled from a Red Line train last rolled through Braintree station was month.
These are the latest major safety issues for the MBTA, which is coming under increasing scrutiny following a damning report from the Federal Transit Administration. The federal agency is leading its own investigation into the T after the drag death of a passenger at a Red Line station earlier this year.
After a battery failure in an inoperative Orange Line car Monday morning at Wellington Yard, MBTA officials pulled all new Orange and Red Line cars off the tracks while they investigated the problem. Last month, T officials retired all of those cars after a brake problem.
And last month there was another runaway train, a problem singled out by the FTA in its report. Officials said Tuesday workers tried to uncouple the last two carriages from a Red Line train at Braintree on May 30 because of an air conditioning problem, but after difficulties re-coupled them to the other four carriages. They then sent the train into the yard, with the last two carriages dragging the other four carriages, when the four carriages broke free and rolled backwards.
No one was injured by the runaway cars, officials said, and the cars did not derail or damage any property before coming to a stop of their own accord. Officials said they administratively suspended a Red Line supervisor while the investigation was ongoing.
Officials said MBTA trains subway personnel in decoupling procedures and decoupling is only allowed in shipyards.
Riders said the T needs to fix its security issues to allow thousands of residents to travel through the area.
“It’s very dangerous and we definitely have to be careful,” said driver Nate Chery. “We should try to work something out and make better improvements…there are a lot of people who don’t have a car and rely on public transport.”
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