A two-car Red Line train came out of the Braintree yard when it wasn't supposed to around 5:30 a.m. and then didn't stop until it got about 800 feet north of the station, the MBTA reports.
The incident occurred as MBTA personnel were readying Red Line trains for the start of service. The two-car train set had diminished braking capacity and it came to a stop approximately 800 feet north of Braintree Station. There were no injuries nor damage, but service was disrupted as T personnel worked to return the disabled, two-car set to the rail yard. The MBTA notified the FTA and DPU of the incident, and a full investigation is underway. Investigators will work to determine whether the rules and procedures for moving trains were properly followed.
On a recording of MBTA radio frequencies, the operator of the short train - consisting of older cars 1640 and 1641 - can be heard urgently calling to a dispatcher: "Sir, it's not stopping!"
The latest rolling mishap comes a little more than a month after the Federal Transit Administration issued a series of emergency safety directives for the T - one of which covered trains just seeming to start down Red Line tracks on their own. On May 30, another train came out of the Braintree yard and started up the tracks towards Boston with nobody on board.
The T adds:
In accordance with the FTA special directives, the MBTA is taking corrective actions to enhance safety around the movement of rail cars in yards. Accompanied with plans to increase staffing at rail yards, the MBTA recently issued a series of new safety directives, trainings, and polices regarding train movements in rail yard facilities and car houses.