Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MBTA receives APTA's Gold Award for Rail Safety and Security 2014

American Public Transportation Association(APTA) presents the GOLD Award for Security to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Boston, MA

 “The MBTA Emergency Training Center is a state-of-the-art public transit emergency training facility located in Boston, Massachusetts. The facility opened in June 2013 and offers advanced training, exercise, and simulation capabilities in a realistic tunnel environment. The facility consists of multiple training areas, each dedicated to different transit modes or response functions, including heavy rail, light rail, bus, power, evacuation, as well as both law enforcement and fire response. The space that is now occupied by the MBTA Emergency Training Center began life in 1917 as an underground streetcar station. Only two years later, on October 14, 1919, the station was closed after being made redundant. In the years since, the abandoned space saw a variety of uses, including storing material and testing station accessibility enhancements. In 2009, MBTA officials began exploring the feasibility of converting the space into a state-of-the-art emergency training facility for transit. Through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, this vision was fulfilled in 2013.”