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Why We Can't Have Nice Things
NYT Ignores Obvious Fix for Subway Delays
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  • Fat_Man

    New Yorkers have voted liberal these years. They deserve what they get. I have no sympathy with them.

    • Pete


  • PCB

    The NYC citizen response to the delays will likely be to clog the stations with orchestrated rowdy crowds of protesters, thereby, only exasperating the problem in typical progressive oxymoronic fashion.

  • Mark Wilson

    The analog system can’t be hacked from a computer terminal.

    • Frank Natoli

      Ergo digital system progress is permanently halted?
      Successful hacking is evidence of negligent security, no more, no less.

  • Frank Natoli

    because CBTC can enable fully-automated trains, conductors and engineers could be out of a job too.
    When Bay Area Rapid Transit [BART] was first put into operation, the trains were designed to be fully automated, no motormen, no conductors. But organized labor demanded and got slots for both. Note, this was NOT a matter of people losing jobs to automation, this was a matter of creating for all intents and purposes no show public “service” jobs because, after all, the public tit has infinite capacity.

  • Albert

    With such and obvious conflict of interest/collusion between public sector unions and politicians, surely there is some legal way to do away with them. its like a monopoly or something.

    • OC21

      It’s not just the CBTC workers it’s evident in the trash collectors as well. They still use those old trucks from the 70’s that require 2 men and a lot of man hours.

  • OC21

    The obvious compromise would be to turn the conductors and motormen into on-board customer service agents. They could patrol the cars for man spreading and keep the feminists happy.

  • m d m

    Riding subways and light rail in Philadelphia, I experience CBTC in the real world, not in the manufacturer’s promotional literature. In the real world, CBTC slows down service because it dumbs down the operation of the train to always assume the worst about braking conditions and train spacing. There are also unexpected stops when there’s an interruption in communication and the system assumes the worst, even when the tracks are obviously clear.

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