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Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey outline DPU’s ‘repeated failures’ in MBTA oversight

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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey demanded “answers and accountability” from the Department of Public Utilities in a new letter, which outlines the agency’s “repeated failures” in providing effective safety oversight of the MBTA.

The eight-page letter, sent to DPU Chair Matthew Nelson, is framed as a follow-up to the two senators’ federal oversight hearing on “mismanagement” and safety failures at the MBTA and its state safety oversight authority.

At an October Senate hearing in Boston, and in response to questions that followed from Warren and Markey, Nelson “made a series of promises and commitments about DPU efforts to improve its oversight” of the MBTA, the letter states.

“It is critical that the DPU keep these promises and provide transparency about its progress in doing so,” the letter said, “particularly since MBTA’s safety and performance problems have persisted in the wake of the hearing.”

At the hearing, Nelson said the DPU was working to increase its resources to conduct more field work and auditing of the MBTA, and beef up staffing in its rail transit division, the letter stated.

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