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Re: Question about signal lights on the 7 and trip arms

Posted by Stephen Bauman on Tue Apr 16 06:01:34 2019, in response to Re: Question about signal lights on the 7 and trip arms, posted by Keeping the RAPID in Rapid Transit on Mon Apr 15 20:37:06 2019.

What makes you believe a 'reduced workload' exists? Conductors still have to safely open/close side doors, Train Operators - even if not actually moving the train's controller - still have to be vigilant at all times to ensure the computerized ATO (automatic train operation) is, in fact, working as designed.

The most widely used transit in NYC is ZPTO - elevators. There used to be about 50K elevator operators in NYC. Automation did not reduce safety.

I had a summer job working for NY Tel in 1962. I was designing a test bay for the NY Tel's first microwave link. There was some question regarding size for the buildings in which these test bays would be placed. There was a strike on at that time. The department manager I had to see was operating an elevator at the headquarters building. I got the necessary information from him while riding up and down in his elevator. NY Tel automated those elevators soon after the strike was settled.

I rode the automated 42nd St Shuttle, back in the early 1960's. The union forced an operator to be on board to monitor the equipment and ensure safety. That T/O took up a seat in the passenger area and was reading a newspaper, while the train was in a station or moving between stations. He never budged from his seat.


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