Green Line derailment 6th this year at MBTA
Preliminary investigation blames operator error
A PRELIMINARY MBTA investigation is blaming operator error for Wednesday morning’s Green Line derailment, the transit authority’s sixth passenger-service derailment in 2019 and the third caused by human error.
T officials said the second car of the two-car Green Line train derailed shortly after leaving Riverside Station on the D line at about 6 a.m. “The preliminary investigation shows the train’s operator did not have the signal system’s authorization to proceed. By not allowing the track switch to be properly aligned, the second car of the train came off the rails,” the T said in a statement, pointing out that the train’s operator had been hired in March.
No one was injured; only one passenger was on board at the time of the incident. Shuttle buses provided service on a portion of the D Line until the train was put back on to the tracks and subway service resumed before noon.
“I want to apologize to the Green Line customers whose commutes were disrupted this morning,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “We will complete the formal investigation as soon as possible and take corrective action if needed. We can and we must do better.”
After the Red Line derailment in June, which the T has still not fully recovered from, the Fiscal and Management Control Board appointed a panel of outside experts led by former US transportation secretary Ray LaHood to review the derailments and agency safety practices. A preliminary report from the safety panel is expected next week.