Hey, there! Log in / Register

MBTA to simulate smoke filling up a Red Line train and tunnel on Saturday morning

On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report.

The drill was planned long before last night's incident involving a Red Line train stopped in a tunnel and the tunnel and the South Station T stop filling with smoke.

Police say the drill is:

Designed to establish a learning environment for public safety officials to exercise emergency response plans, policies, and procedures as they pertain to a smoke incident inside a subway tunnel and station.

Neighborhoods: 
Topics: 
Free tagging: 

Ad:
Like the job UHub is doing? Consider a contribution. Thanks!

Comments

It's bound to happen on its own at some point between now and then anyway...

up
Voting closed 0

'average week day'

up
Voting closed 0

Maybe they are attempting to inoculate the T?

up
Voting closed 0

The drill was planned long before last night's incident involving a Red Line train stopped in a tunnel and the tunnel and the South Station T stop filling with smoke.

I'm guessing they planned it after a DC Metro train stopped in a tunnel and filled with smoke, killing a passenger.

up
Voting closed 0

I'll simulate buying an iced coffee and a banana on my way into work

up
Voting closed 0

Why are they doing this at Alewife Station during revenue hours!? Wasn't the whole point of sweeping out the cobwebs at Broadway Upper and cashing that Homeland Security check to create a realistic subway environment to perform these kind of safety drills in? Yes, the dummy trains are a Blue Line Hawker and Type 8; so not actual Red Line rolling stock. But I thought having this multi-million dollar security and emergency training center was so the T, Transit Police, municipal fire departments, MEMA, your great aunt Gladys, whoever could perform these sorts of drills without inconveniencing the riding public.

Or perhaps the MBTA is convinced that a catastrophic fire specifically involving 1500s is imminent?!?!?!?

up
Voting closed 0

The Red Line between Harvard and Alewife is already scheduled to be closed this weekend for Floating Slab repairs.

up
Voting closed 0

Yeah, about an hour after my initial post I got an email about that. Reasonable to take advantage of a pre-scheduled line closure. Still, it seems odd that they would insist on using a regular station rather than their state-of-the-art facility.

up
Voting closed 0

A train fire, Muslim terror or another disaster can strike at any time. Expect the unexpected. Training is great because training takes over in a crisis. 9/11 happened on a Tuesday morning, Boston Marathon bombing on a Monday holiday afternoon. The "experts" would heavily staff Fridays so be grateful if there is a trained T worker during the other days.

up
Voting closed 0