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  • Subby is a twatwaffle.
  • Bontesla: Subby is a twatwaffle.


    Has to be a troll/joke/whatever.
  • St_Francis_P: Has to be a troll/joke/whatever.


    On Fark? Absurd.
  • itsdan: St_Francis_P: Has to be a troll/joke/whatever.

    On Fark? Absurd.


    There's a first time for everything. This thread might be a landmark in Fark history.
  • I like how a thoughtful article on how to best allocate limited resources turns into a stupid-as-sh*t troll headline. Oh Fark, you rascal!
  • The T estimates it would cost $645 million to $721 million and require nine years to design, install, and test a modern collision avoidance-system for the Green Line.

    I'd be more concerned with the bolded item. Wow. Portland tunneled through several miles of solid rock and built the entire west side line in less time than that.
  • SnarfVader: The T estimates it would cost $645 million to $721 million and require nine years to design, install, and test a modern collision avoidance-system for the Green Line.

    I'd be more concerned with the bolded item. Wow. Portland tunneled through several miles of solid rock and built the entire west side line in less time than that.


    YKHIK you don't witness Massachusetts state government?
  • ThatGuyFromTheInternet: SnarfVader: The T estimates it would cost $645 million to $721 million and require nine years to design, install, and test a modern collision avoidance-system for the Green Line.

    I'd be more concerned with the bolded item. Wow. Portland tunneled through several miles of solid rock and built the entire west side line in less time than that.

    YKHIK you don't witness Massachusetts state government?


    You got me there.
  • Wow, a bunch of idiots to start this thread. This technology will allow drivers to text their families during the holiday season.
  • jaylectricity: Wow, a bunch of idiots to start this thread. This technology will allow drivers to text their families during the holiday season.


    How will they do that if they're asleep?
  • Considering that this is Mass. I'm going to substitute "stay awake" with "remain sober".
  • NewportBarGuy: Considering that this is Mass. I'm going to substitute "stay awake" with "remain sober".


    Pretty much true anywhere.
  • I suppose some politician's nephew runs a train equipment business.
  • It has occurred to me that, even if you're on the Green Line, which (for the not-from-here types) is the line that is mostly *above* ground going down the middle of streets, driving T trains must be a really boring job.  I mean, your entire job is replicating the scene from National Lampoon's European Vacationover and over again, just in a place you're completely used to and probably not in the least interested in.  Plus, it's on rail, so you're doing even less work to keep it going straight.  Just speed up, slow down, wait for the drunk college kids who have one foot in the doorway yelling at their friends who are still drinking at the bar.
  • St_Francis_P: NewportBarGuy: Considering that this is Mass. I'm going to substitute "stay awake" with "remain sober".

    Pretty much true anywhere.


    Well, at least in NYC they have the sense to take a swig off the sterno, hit off the crack pipe, slap another mark on the side of the train and run right over those bums on the track.

    They mix a depressant with a stimulant. Those are true professionals.
  • NewportBarGuy: St_Francis_P: NewportBarGuy: Considering that this is Mass. I'm going to substitute "stay awake" with "remain sober".

    Pretty much true anywhere.

    Well, at least in NYC they have the sense to take a swig off the sterno, hit off the crack pipe, slap another mark on the side of the train and run right over those bums on the track.

    They mix a depressant with a stimulant. Those are true professionals.


    Sir, I...my hat is off to them.
  • kxs401: I like how a thoughtful article on how to best allocate limited resources turns into a stupid-as-sh*t troll headline. Oh Fark, you rascal!


    I've yet to see an interesting article that wasn't tainted with a hot, moist turd of a headline.
  • easier to spend $1B than to create new union rules
  • BSABSVR: kxs401: I like how a thoughtful article on how to best allocate limited resources turns into a stupid-as-sh*t troll headline. Oh Fark, you rascal!

    I've yet to see an interesting article that wasn't tainted with a hot, moist turd of a headline.


    Welcome to Fark
  • The T estimates it would cost $645 million to $721 million and require nine years to design, install, and test a modern collision avoidance-system for the Green Line.

    And with the accuracy that they estimated the time and cost of the "Big Big" I'm gonna guess it will actually take closer to 20 years and cost around $5 Billion.
  • Google has developed self-driving vehicles that can operate on the open streets. Operating a train in the controlled environment of a rail system ought to be even easier. How about we eliminate the human element entirely and not just avoid collisions, but have computers control the whole damn train from beginning of journey to end? If we simply can't bear to do without a human, we can prop up some union drunk in the cabin with a single control button available: STOP. At least he wouldn't be able to crash the train like today.
  • I applied to a railroad a few years ago, and the old engineer i talked to told me, and showed me a few things. Kinda went like this.


    Me "Ya, I'm here to apply to the Acme railroad"

    Old union RR worker "Hmmmm...boy, you need to see a few things"

    He walked me over to a wall that had dozens of cool pictures in black and white of groups of union railroad workers doing their jobs, by the trains, on the trains, in various group and single poses. With dates. Was very cool to see. There was pictures of dozens of guys working right outside the very building i was standing in.

    Me "Ya....THATS what I'm talking about...that..that is what i want to be a part of!!" Grins happily.

    Old union guy smiles sadly "come..look out back"

    He walked me through the building, and i only saw a few old guys there. No young blood. We walked out the back door to the rail /switching yard, and he pointed out the area, and said "Look around son, what do you see?"

    I stood by this old union RR worker, who looked as if his face had been carved by the wind and untold seasons of harsh winter and sun, and looked out over the yard. I saw....a few trains sitting still, empty cars, and no workers. None. Not one. i was about to ask...where are the workers? The engineers, the guys who ride in the cabooses and wave those old cool lanterns? Where are the guys that link up the trains? Or the guys who unlock and change the direction of the tracks? Then i saw, that there were little mechanical boxes on each switch, and that they had taken the place of a worker who would manually switch the direction of the oncoming train. There were no cabooses. Not one.

    I looked over at the old guy, and i could swear that there was a tear in his eye. This is what he said to me, and i will never forget it.

    "Young man, it's not like it used to be here. Past days, long since gone, there were hundreds of guys here, working, being friends, doing mans work for a honest wage and a good life for their families. Now, there are very few of us left. The new management has seen to it that most things are automated, and most of us have been replaced by computers, and sensors." He gave a short sigh at that point ,and pulled out a old rag from his pocket and wiped his eyes. Stuffing his rag back the back pocket of his old railroad outfit (yes. he was wearing an old rr cap too) he continued...

    "I don't know what to tell you son, but that it seems to be winding down. The days of a strong union and company that cares, a sense of family here, and looking forward to coming to work and seeing all my friends, and doing a honest day's work. Now you have to have a degree in engineering to even look at a engine, and we haven't hired a man to work switches in years. i wish i could tell you i could sign you up, i do, but i wont lie to you, or blow sunshine up your ass. I have nothing for you son, and I can't imagine i ever will. I have had a good life with my job, and given a good life to my family, as any man wants to do, so i can't complain. But i guess it's not your time son, here. If it ever will be."

    I actually felt more sad for the guy than i did myself, as he saw his way of life wind down, and the great place he worked at fall into disrepair, and his union membership decline to a sad fraction of what it was, only a few friends left at the station to remind him of how things used to be. I extended my hand out to him, and he gave me one of those old man shakes, not tying to crush my hand, but you could tell from the feel of it with all the callouses and strength, that he could have if he wanted to. He wished me luck, and i went on to the next place, but i'll never forget him, it was one of those touching moments in life that sneak up on you and smack your heart around a bit. Anyway, done now. And i know..csb.
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