Stacey Abrams needs to be put through a sausage grinder and fed to cats.
For starters, railroad companies have adopted something called
"positive train control" or PTC for short. PTC is basically
autopilot for trains. It's a great piece of technology, but
since adopting it, companies have decided that the conductor
role is obsolete, and you just need an engineer to take care of
the train. In an effort to save money, the railroads have been
pushing for a single-man crew the last few years, with the
biggest freight railroads reducing staff by 29 percent.
I'm all for better technology. But it has to be safe. And
there's a big problem with eliminating the role of the
conductor. One of the major things the conductor does is if
there is an issue with the train, some sort of defect with a
railcar, say, the conductor goes out and checks what the issue
is while the engineer stays in the cab to control the train.
You can see how critical it is to the safety of the workers and
the train that there be two workers present for this: one taking
care of the train, and one investigating the problem. The
conductor also ensures that the engineer is complying with
safety issues that might arise when it comes to track
conditions. The engineer knows the inside of the train, but the
conductor is the expert on everything else.
Eliminate the conductor's role and any problem the engineer
faces, he faces alone, while still being in charge of
controlling the train. If there is a cyber-attack, the engineer
is alone controlling the train with no conductor as backup.
saddened by the oppression of RR workers!!!!
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