“If technology exists – and it exists on the other lines – why would the Green Line not have everything possible that is going to prevent the accidents from happening?’’ Mark V. Rosenker, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said during a hearing in Washington, D.C., to discuss the 2008 crash near Waban station.
“I don’t understand that, as an operator,’’ Rosenker said. “I just don’t.’
So, a driver with a sleep problem causes a wreck in Newton, and that doesn’t motivate the MBTA to install the proper safety technology for the Green Line, and then Aidan Quinn causes another wreck. It strikes me that this failure of safety belongs to Dan Grabauskas, who is in charge of the T.
If I understand the situation correctly, Grabauskas has until May 2010 for his term to be up, and if the Governor sacks him before then, the law will give him extra pension money (he doesn’t deserve that!).
This protection of Grabauskas strikes me as an unintended consequence of the pension law. Is there any movement within the legislature to change this? Does Grabauskas even get dragged before a committee for some uncomfortable questions?