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Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O)

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Fri Dec 14 13:45:18 2007, in response to Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by trainsarefun on Fri Dec 14 13:25:07 2007.

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I can only relate my own experiences from the 1970's, since I've been away since back then. Long-short-long-short on the meatwhistle was "yo! Cops! Train needs assistance!" (radios didn't work so well back then, so that horn signal was "YO, COPS!" and back then you'd usually GET a cop. Not necessarily at the FIRST station you blew whistle in, but usually no more than 2-3 at worst.

When the radio WORKED where you were, you usually got an answer pretty quick. Given that radios WORK nowadays, and "in THESE times" there should be a greater priority to "distress calls" I can't FATHOM why the train wasn't met or cops didn't appear "magickally" ...

I have NO idea as to why the T/O's call wasn't honored, but I also know that the railroad ain't what it used to be either with too many layers of "Simon says" to sign off on ANSWERING a call. :(

Dunno why, wasn't there, dunno all the facts other than I was told that the person in question was NOT disciplined and since when anyone SNEEZES here, someone else goes downtown, then looks like she was in the right for handling things the way she did or she'd be on the street. I *assume* it's been investigated already since this place has more "platform conductors" in the house of pain than Grand Central.

I *honestly* don't know ... said my piece in trying to explain WHY the particular T/O did what they felt they HAD to, and apparently no problem with HOW they did it as far as management goes. Again, going back to my original comment - there's a problem with the TRAINING of the hourlies for this to have happened in the first place. I do NOT have the video, and I do NOT have the memo. More than seven friends have discussed this with me privately and have told me that what happened IS an issue raised in several bulletins as well as "safety training" and that the T/O *followed* what they were trained to do.

If it is UNSAFE to operate as to a possible threat, rule is do NOT move the train until the situation is resolved. Discharge the train if there's a potential threat and above all else, demand backup. Training only goes so far, "photography rules" are NOT part of the security and safety training and perhaps Nilet should take comfort in the fact that the T/O didn't break out their official TWU "Plastic safety pack" which would mean total escalation. :)

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