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T’s abysmal system poses major safety risks

The scene at the JFK/UMass stop on the MBTA’s Red Line on Tuesday.
The scene at the JFK/UMass stop on the MBTA’s Red Line on Tuesday.(DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)

Thank you for your reporting on the derailment (“Another derailment sends MBTA looking for answers,” Page A1, June 12). I was one of the many passengers stuck on the Greenbush commuter line as a result. The fact that service and equipment is abysmal on the T and commuter rail is well documented. Significantly underreported are the safety risks from such a poorly maintained system.

For example, a high percentage of doors on the commuter rail line trains fail to open, even with the coaxing of conductors. This makes disembarking during normal times an arduous and time-consuming process. In a real emergency, timely evacuation would be impossible, likely resulting in a tragedy of epic proportions.

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Conrad Langenhagen

Cohasset