MBTA opens new emergency training facility in South Boston

The MBTA opened its Emergency Training Center in South Boston Wednesday. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
The MBTA opened its Emergency Training Center in South Boston Wednesday.
PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Transit officials said Wednesday that the Boston Marathon bombings showed the need for a new emergency training center that will soon prepare T workers and first responders to handle crises.

“Forty-five days after the marathon bombings, if anyone thought that this was a luxury, that this (facility) wasn’t necessary…” said MassDOT Secretary Rich Davis, implying a need for preparation.

The South Boston facility includes Blue and Green Line trains and a bus. In an effort to truly simulate realistic conditions, the vehicles have working lights, doors, and radios, and the station is outfitted with audio that recreates the sounds of ordinary platform chatter as well as gunshots, explosions and pandemonium. Even the trash barrels emit fake smoke.

Some of the drills that will be undertaken include fires, derailments and other situations where passengers would have to be evacuated, such as bio-terror.
The training space is built in a 100-year-old tunnel that went out of use around 1920, according to transit officials.

Until now, employees have had to close down stations or work off hours to conduct emergency training, but the new Foundry Street facility will let them train on a daily basis without disrupting service.

“Not only is this going to be an asset for Boston but we will open it up to all partners in first response here in New England and beyond. We hope we never have to use that raining but we always have to be prepared,” Davey said.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Captain of capsized South Korean ferry abandoned ship

Investigations focused on possible negligence in the South Korean ferry accident and issued arrest warrants for the captain and other crew members.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.