An incident Tuesday night in which a long metal panel fell off a Forest Hills-bound Orange Line train, producing acrid smoke and leading passengers to push out windows to escape, has prompted T officials to add new inspections to the regular maintenance of the aging fleet. The general manager of the system, Frank DePaola, released a statement on Wednesday describing in detail what happened Tuesday at State Street Station and what steps the T is taking to ensure passenger safety. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are key points:
The cause of the smoke Tuesday was a 12-inch by 12-foot panel falling off one train. The train ran over the panel, sparking an arc and smoke. A second train also ran over the panel, with similar results.
UPDATE: The T will increase safety checks in the wake of the incident. ~~~~~
Passengers knocked out windows to escape an Orange Line train bound for Forest Hills on Tuesday night. The incident took place around 9 p.m., according to reports on social media and Universal Hub. Rider Heather Parker captured extraordinary scenes of the evacuation on the State Street platform. According to UHub, a damaged third rail began smoking and caught fire.
"Connecting people with places" was the theme of the fourth workshop in the Plan JP/Rox held on Thursday at English High School. Of all the workshops in of the planning process this was most egalitarian; low income or high income, hotel maid or money manager, everyone uses the sidewalks, the streets or some form of transit to get to work, to school and home. It was also the most interactive and personal; over 100 sat around tables and marked on maps how they get around their neighborhood to their special places or how they got to that night's meeting. "Mobility. Getting around.
A young man from JP admitted in court Monday that he opened fire at crowded Forest Hills Station, wounding two women. Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp sentenced Reginald Price, now 19, to seven years in prison with five years probation. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 10 to 15 years. The shootings took place just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 as the busy transit hub was filled with commuters.
As you may have already noticed if you took the T Monday evening, the MBTA is running shuttle buses between Forest Hills and Jackson Square after 8:45 p.m. this week. The shuttles are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26, through Thursday, Oct. 29. Regular Orange Line service will resume the following mornings.