There was a flurry of activity yesterday, which once again shone light on Metro's reactive way of doing business and the complete lack of regulation (and here) that exists for systems like Metro.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that Metro install a back up system to its automatic train control and urged Metro to respond within 30 days.
Metro wasted no time and issued an ingratiating press release saying they "appreciate" the NTSB recommendations and that they're "pleased that NTSB has now agreed to allow us to move forward with our plan to initiate an independent panel of experts in signal systems through the American Public Transportation Association before the NTSB investigation has been completed."
They had a plan? So it was the NTSB that was in the way this whole time? Not sure we understand, Metro.
Metro went on to say "we will be developing a new system that will be specifically tailored to Metro. Metro is in the process of contacting vendors who have the expertise needed to help us develop this service, and we are preparing cost estimates on this application."
Of course, the crux here is that Metro really doesn't have to do anything the NTSB says--they passed on replacing the 1000-series cars, for example.
The only thing we're sure Metro will do is continue to regurgitate pablum like "The safety of our customers and our employees continues to be our prime concern."
Even in the press release, Metro appears to cling to the remote idea that somehow fault for the accident will fall elsewhere.
"In spite of the issuance of this recommendation, the NTSB still has not determined the root cause of the accident."
We're glad Metro is at least saying they're going to take safety steps it should have back when disco ruled, but as we asked before, does it take an accident of this magnitude to get Metro to move? BART nipped this problem in the bud in the '70s!
It appears it takes embarrassing videos to make Metro change a stupid policy that previously slapped an offender on the wrist for texting while operating a train.
Any organization that is merely reacting to problems is poorly managed, and eventually all the poor decisions and indecision will come home to roost. They already are.
Metro has now demonstrated twice within a week that the only impetus for change is egg on its face or blood on its hands.
You haven't unsucked yourself a bit, Metro.
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