- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano is asking federal investigators to look into whether the state’s commuter rail operator violated civil rights laws.

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/2dQFEY8 ) the Massachusetts Democrat wants the Department of Justice and Federal Transit Administration to review a decision by Keolis Commuter Services to take trains from a line that serves lower-income communities to use on suburban lines.

In a letter, Capuano said diverting trains from lower-income and minority neighborhoods where residents rely on public transportation to get to work raises questions of economic and racial injustice.

Keolis spokeswoman Leslie Aun said in an email to the newspaper the company is 14 coaches short of the 359 required because of a maintenance inspection backlog.

She said the company is adding to its mechanical team to complete inspections faster.

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