‘The T fails,’ Elizabeth Warren tells MBTA CEO at hearing



JUST NOT DOING ITS JOB. A CHAIN ​​OF SAFETY FAILURES ON THE T, A SPITTING FEDERAL REVIEW. AT A SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING IN BOSTON, SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN TAKEN NO HIT. SEN. WARREN: WE CAN’T COUNT ON THE T. THE T FAILS. SHARMAN: SHE GRILLED THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO FIND OUT WHEN THE 53 FIXES THE FTA HAS CALLED URGENT SAFETY FIX WILL BE COMPLETED. HE COULD NOT SAY. >> WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT? >> IT REALLY VARIES FROM ONE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN TO ANOTHER CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN. >> OK ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT NOW? >> YES, ABSOLUTELY. SHARMAN: SHE ALSO TOOK PRESIDENCY OF THE DPU, THE AGENCY MONITORING SECURITY AT THE T AND ASKED HIM WHERE HE WAS. >> WE HAVE TAKEN ACTIONS OUTSIDE THE SMI. SEN. WARREN: OBVIOUSLY YOU DIDN’T TAKE ENOUGH ACTIONS. >> I DON’T SAY WE HAVE. SEN. WARREN: AND THE FTA CANNOT STEP IN AND FIND THE KIND OF ERRORS IT FINDS IF YOU HAVE TAKEN ACTION. SHARMAN: THE FTA WITNESSING INTERVENED CONCERNED AT THE FREQUENCY OF SAFETY ISSUES ON THE T. >> TRAIN COLLISIONS, DERAILMENTS, AND THEN OF COURSE DEATHS AND ALSO INJURIES TO EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC. SHARMAN: POFTAK COULD NOT SAY WHEN THE ORANGE LINE WILL BE FASTER, HIGHLIGHTING TEAMS HAVE FOUND MORE WORK TO DO. SENATOR MARKEY TELLS HIM HE SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING. SEN. MARKEY: IS SERVICE FASTER ON THE ORANGE LINE SINCE THE SHUTDOWN? >> I THINK YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED EMPIRICALLY THAT IT IS NOT. SHARMAN: COMING AT 6:00 AM WHAT THE T PROMISES IT WI

‘The T fails,’ Elizabeth Warren tells MBTA CEO at hearing

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak took personal responsibility for the communication outages and explained that slow areas continued to plague Orange Line riders.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak took personal responsibility for the communication outages and explained that slow areas continued to plague Orange Line riders.