Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This item made us laugh and cry.
OK, so Metro has automatic train controls, which ostensibly would help the train stop more precisely so they would neither undershoot nor overshoot a station. Sounds good, but Metro opts instead to "put the operators in charge of the stops for much of the day." Well, OK, we guess. Good to have a human in charge.
But--and here's the kicker--the drivers can't seem to remember if they're driving 4, 6, or 8-car trains, so they over and undershoot stations all the time!
You want them driving your heavy machinery?!
Dr. Gridlock's conclusion: "I think the goal should be to have precise automatic train controls that can stop all trains at all times in the right place."
He also says "I vote for whatever method ensures that the train doors don't open in the tunnels" because "some passengers at the rear of the train are in danger of stepping out onto the track bed."
If you're going to step off a train that's still in the tunnel, you're more of a dim bulb than the driver who can't remember what size train they're driving.
Can you believe this is even a serious discussion about the nation's second most used mass transit system?
How come in Japan, for example, the trains stop so precisely that the location of the doors is marked ON THE PLATFORMS? The photo is from the Fukuoka subway.
An appreciation of Metro's architecture