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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

So predictable

The radio clicks on at 6 a.m. with the news of a Green Line derailment. I didn't really need to do more than mutter "Breda" and give thanks the day was nice so I wouldn't need to ride the Green Line Cattle Car, er, bus shuttle.

And I can save the MBTA a lot of time and money. The derailment at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Chestnut Hill Avenue early this morning was caused by the last train of the night whipping through the turn at something approaching warp speed so the operator could get to Boston College and go home.

That a Breda car would jump the rails is hardly news -- even thought it has been awhile since it happened. The damn things are lemons as Smilin' Dan Grabauskas acknowledged in one of his few good moves when he cancelled the contract. Until he reversed himself and started buying them again.

Then there is the fact that operators are either oblivious to the whiplash potential in the rear when they speed up as the front end of the train whips through curves at Brighton Avenue and Chestnut Hill Avenue.

Or they just enjoy tossing people on their keisters.

But this derailment is especially troubling. How could the car become so unstable as to hit a power pole? And what kind of safeguards are (or are not) in place to prevent it from going up in flames.

The T is extremely lucky there were only 30 people at 1:30 a.m. Imagine what would have happened at 1:30 p.m. Or 5:30 p.m.

(Boston Globe photo)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly hope the driver is made to pay for the damages to the vehicle! How is this an "accident" when the driver is completely at fault? Did the driver at least lose his job?

May 29, 2008 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Chiefe Examiner said...

The problem was a faulty track switch not maintained correctly.NOT THE OPERATOR , NOT THE VEHICLE. The BREDA's run relatively good now and are the backbone of the system. Don't fall in to the hands of the propaganda, all the manufacturers have their problems. MBTA manintenance is starved from funding and has a huge backlog. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

March 05, 2011 1:31 PM  

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