The Federal Transit Agency is once against threatening to treat the MBTA very harshly after once again learning of incidents in which T workers on the tracks faced possible death.
This time, instead of a Blue Line worker getting shocked while doing maintenance on overhead wires, workers on the Red and Green Line tracks were nearly mowed down by trains in four separate incidents that the T not only allowed to happen but failed to notify the feds about as they had promised the last time the FTA threatened to send the T to its room.
Based on these incidents, FTA has determined that a combination of unsafe conditions and practices exist such that there is a substantial risk of serious injury or death of a worker.
As with the Blue Line incident, the FTA is threatening to prohibit the T from letting track workers work on the tracks if it doesn't take immediate action - including reporting any serious lapses to the FTA. Its latest communication, in fact, bans the T from lone track workers out on the tracks until the feds give the OK.
The FTA also ordered the MBTA to peer into its soul and write a detailed analysis of "each near miss that has occurred since August 1, 2023," which is also similar to what it ordered the last time it got mad at the T over track safety issues back in the spring after both the near-fatal electrocution of the Blue Line worker and several near misses involving trains and workers on the tracks.
Also, the T has to "immediately provide training to all Operations Control Center (OCC) dispatchers and supervisors" on how to key in the location of track workers in a T computer system - and has to provide proof that it's not only taught the dispatchers and supervisors how to do this but provide proof it then tested them to make sure they were actually paying attention.
Oh, and the T has to prove that workers on the tracks and the OCC are actually communicating with each other during track work, "from the time the crew enters the [right of way] until protection is no longer required." Also, the T must prove train drivers are alerted at the start of their shifts to the location of workers on the tracks.