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Safety Management Inspection: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

What's New 

MBTA and DPU Corrective Actions Tracking Table

FTA's MBTA and DPU Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Tracking Table monitors MBTA and DPU's progress in implementing corrective actions to resolve FTA-identified deficiencies to improve safety for passengers and transit workers. 

The table tracks CAPs approved by FTA as well as CAPs assumed by FTA. For each CAP, MBTA and DPU submit a closure request to FTA, then FTA conducts a comprehensive verification process. A CAP will be closed after FTA verifies that MBTA and/or DPU has demonstrated successful implementation.  

Closure dates are proposed by MBTA and DPU and accepted by FTA. FTA uses the closure request date to assess the status of each CAP. 

Safety Management Inspection

FTA released its Safety Management Inspection report of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities after a 2 1/2-month inspection that began in mid-April. The Safety Management Inspection focused on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s processes, procedures, and resources for safety decision-making and the role of the Department of Public Utilities in overseeing the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s safety performance. Findings identify areas that require continued attention and increased resources by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to prioritize safety and ensure system maintenance.

Special Directives to MBTA

Each of these are required actions to address findings from FTA’s Safety Management Inspection conducted at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. 

Special Directives to DPU

  • Special Directive 22-13: Related to FTA's Safety Management Inspection conducted at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (August 31, 2022)
  • Special Directive 22-8: Related to FTA's Safety Management Inspection conducted at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (June 15, 2022) 

Immediate Action Letters