"There is perhaps no single state agency that impacts the daily lives of the millions of people who live and work in the greater Boston area more than the T,” said DA Rollins in a statement announcing the investigation on Thursday. “Therefore, it is imperative that if we see a continued lack of oversight or negligence at the MBTA that it is exposed and corrected.’’
"When their acts and omissions put the safety of community members and their own employees at risk, sometimes the only means of driving change is through the courts, and public demands for action," said Rollins in her statement on Thursday.
Ironically, the investigation is getting underway just weeks after the MBTA finally launched a long-delayed project to improve train safety on the Green Line.
After two other serious crashes in 2008 and 2009 – one of them fatal – the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the T install a “positive train control” system – technologies designed to prevent collisions between trains – on the Green Line.