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MBTA Takes Initiative to Conduct an Organizational Safety Culture Assessment

In July 2019, MBTA contracted through a third-party firm, which subcontracted with K&J, to perform a detailed organizational safety culture assessment. This was initiated by MBTA leadership after several derailments and near miss events that have taken place at the property over the last few years and more so, with two derailments in a 4-day period in June 2019. This assessment involves conducting interviews at all levels of the organization, evaluating how well the SMS program and ASP requirements are integrated within the organization from the executive leadership, down to all operational aspects of all modes of transportation within MBTA. This assessment also includes the evaluation of agency safety training programs, training records reviews, and operational and maintenance priorities and practices.