"White Line Fever" In the NY MTA
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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#41 Dec 4, 2013
Game this one billion dollar “positive train control" system out on regional train operations and safety.

I mean really, somebody got to start getting sobber here. You need at least one person sober!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#42 Dec 4, 2013
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#43 Dec 4, 2013
So the MTA already signed a 400 million dollar contract for the “positive train control” system. How do we know if this didn’t already throttled money to the operation, safety and maintenance of the commuter train system?

I think you would be better served by spending this money on better management. They know what is going on and in control of the system.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#44 Dec 4, 2013
...So we know Albany is corrupt as hell. A bunch of political kickbacks and back scratching associated with the contractors, MTA and the vender.

...They probably low balled the contract knowing they can blackmail MTA and the state much later.

...The contractor puts in a rickety cheap system...it becomes delayed many times. It later comes in at 1.5 to twice the original cost.

...The contractor puts it together with cheap designs, poor construction and cheap components...they only need it to work for 5 or so years.

...They get 50% complete...that is when we learn about the big cost overruns. They know the state will never back out now.

...The state gets deeper in a budget and political crisis...the Bronx crash becomes a distant episode. The overruns cause the MTA to reduce operation and maintenance on the transportation system putting pressure are the drivers.

...Finally the positive train control system comes on line. It is about a quarter of the system it was contracted for.

...It is going be costly maintaining this poorly designed lowest cost system. It starts breaking down...it cost more money. Instead of easing the burdens with operating and managing the system...it create an unforeseen increase of burdens for a cash strapped system. Now there are prolonged outages in the expensive system...it is only covering 5% to 10% of the system.

...Right, now the positive train control $2 billion dollar system is eating money from the train operations and maintenance people more and more. It is corrupting employees on a massive scale with lies and deception to hide what is going on.

...The your have system reliability problems and many train accident that were never imaginable.
Now you are 2 billion dollars behind the eight ball...with a worst system than you have right now.

...You have a completely disillusion staff...there is heavy turnover. The professional folks want nothing to do with this dysfunction organization...they worry about the risk of this system striping away their credentials and expensive education. There becomes a risk of them going to jail?

Or someting like that.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#45 Dec 4, 2013
...Then you have system reliability problems and many train accidents that were never imaginable.

Port Huron, MI

#46 Dec 4, 2013
Rockefeller isn't a common name, this phork-up is probably related to the evil ones who've been behind the NWO agenda and eugenics etc.
God damned murderous Rockefellers
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#47 Dec 4, 2013
So why weren’t these Feds in there with all their hearts...inspection and observing...writing reports for the media and outsiders showing us what is going on and demanding action.

Why weren’t they in there knocking MTA management heads together demanding changes or else before the crash.

These guys have power and access to the media...they could have changed things.

It is only the silence of good people that lets bad things happen.

There is no doubt this is a huge multi organizational dysfunction that goes all the way up White House.

Remember what the White House mantra is: Stay In Your Own lane!

Feds blast NY railroad in wake of fatal derailment
December 4, 2013
Associated Press
YONKERS, N.Y.(AP)— The head of the Federal Railroad Administration is blasting a New York railroad following a derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60.
Joseph Szabo (ZAY'-boh) says in a letter that his administration and the U.S. Transportation Department "have serious concerns" following by Sunday's Bronx train accident and three others that occurred in New York and Connecticut from May through July.
Szabo notes that a federal team has been working closely with Metro-North Railroad and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But he says "immediate corrective action is imperative."
The MTA says the safety of its customers "has always been, and will always continue to be" its top priority.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#48 Dec 5, 2013

At a news conference on Tuesday, Earl Weener, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, said it was possible that positive train control could have prevented the crash. In an interview with a radio station on Wednesday,

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called positive train control “somewhat controversial,” adding that some people “say they’re not everything they’re cracked up to be.”
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#49 Dec 5, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Does he have secret diabetes and maybe its allowed. On insulin.

I think you could have a good driver being diabetic...but a one who won't control his disease is big trouble.

Right, could have had a low sugar event, had the crash...realized its low suger in a groggy state, then reached into his back pack to grab his sugar stash. Consumed the treat and he recover pretty quickly.

How good is the MTA health insurance?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#50 Dec 5, 2013
Right, low sugar could disconnected you from cause and effect...but you could still be conscious. Bearly functioning...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#51 Dec 5, 2013
He could be treated by a doctor....but it being unknown by the MTA.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#52 Dec 5, 2013
Right Gov Cuomo get to name the MTA board CEO and Vice plus four others.
The mayor gets to name Four...
The Gov is the most influential...
Nineteen board members....one female token and maybe stretching it one black token...
Naw, you got the stand in blind black ex governor....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#53 Dec 5, 2013
So is the FRA jumping in to protect Coumo?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#55 Dec 5, 2013
Damn Close...Conn Gov on Bronz crash!

"Commuter railroads are being forced to choose between performing critical system safety maintenance projects and implementing (positive train control) by 2015," APTA official Kathryn Waters told a U.S. Senate panel in June. She noted that transit agencies are struggling to find money to keep their tracks and equipment in good working order.

There also are technological and logistical challenges to implementing positive train control."
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#56 Dec 5, 2013
You should be hiring some highly educated and experience military people to bring these rail lines back in order?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#57 Dec 7, 2013
The Militant:

Over the past few decades, the railway bosses’ relentless drive for productivity and profits has led to cuts in crew size, skimping on maintenance and refusals to install safety equipment.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#58 Dec 7, 2013
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#59 Dec 7, 2013
Yep, these guys are questionable?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#60 Dec 11, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
China Airline...really Taiwan airline.
Taiwan owned China Airline...no proper independent government oversight of their airlines.
1) Taiwan was basically a dictatorship at the time and they dictated the safety and maintenance budgets of their airlines.
2) What caused the near miss was a repetitive cut out ...stall...of a one jet engine.
3) An undiagnosed fuel pump worm impeller caused it.
4) The flight crew was unknowledgeable about the operation of the jet fuel system and the jet engine.
5) The pilots were poorly trained.
So you think cockpit automation is going to fix this...
Right now, they are warning the airlines that cockpit automation is leading to poor pilot proficiency with flying their airplanes in upset conditions.
Why did I put this up, you know...

Alarm, but Insufficient Response, in Moments Before Asiana Airlines Crash


Published: December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — In the minutes before Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, one of the three pilots in the cockpit called out three times that the plane was descending too fast. But none of the pilots noticed that they were flying the plane too slowly until shortly before it hit the sea wall at the end of runway 28 Left.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#62 Dec 25, 2013

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