MBTA assembles expert panel to review operations

Former Secretary of Transportation part of three-member group to look at agency's practices in wake of derailments
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BOSTON — A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation will be part of a three-member panel assembled by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to examine its operations, the Boston Herald reports.

Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation in the Obama Administration, will be part of the “safety review panel,” along with Carolyn Flowers, a former acting head of the Federal Transit Administration, and Carmen Bianco, former president of New York City Transit. They will look at MBTA’s operational procedures in the wake of incidents including two derailments earlier this month.

The agency had previously hired an engineering firm to look specifically into the derailments [see “Outside review of MBTA derailments could take three months,” Trains News Wire, June 18, 2019].

Specifics of the panel’s role, as well as its pay, are yet to be determined. But Joe Aiello, chairman of the Fiscal and Management Control Board that oversees the MBTA, said the panel will have the ability to recommend changes to current practices.

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