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Boston: Green Line had the most derailments in the nation last year

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    Boston: Green Line had the most derailments in the nation last year


    (Boston Globe)  Seven Green Line trains derailed in 2015, the highest number of such accidents on light rail lines in the country, and part of a little-noticed string of safety problems on the MBTA that appear to have worsened in the past several years, state and federal records show.

    Five Green Line trains have derailed so far this year, including one in the past month, according to a Globe review of federal and local statistics.

    A spate of accidents in 2015 also led to a state audit that was quietly conducted last year. The audit, obtained by the Globe through a public records request and not previously reported, found that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was not adequately maintaining its tracks or the wheels on a type of Green Line car with a history of derailments.

    Over two weeks in August and September of 2015, auditors also recorded 51 instances of speeding by Green Line train operators. ………………(more)






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