BOSTON (AP) – The four Republican members of the Massachusetts Senate are calling for legislative oversight hearings on the spate of recent service interruptions and mechanical failures at the MBTA.

GOP Senate Leader Bruce Tarr said the group is asking the chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation and the chairman of the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee to hold one or more hearings to figure out the causes of the problems and to come up with some solutions.

The MBTA’s commuter rail trains have been plagued with delays during the winter, including a four-hour ordeal for passengers trying to get from Boston to Worcester last week.

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Hugh Kiley, the general manager of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, which operates the commuter rail lines for the MBTA, has apologized for the delays.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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