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  1. 4 points
    I've been a member for a short time but am happy that I found this forum.Am glad to know I wasn't the only one that love cta.I enjoy the input and the effort,the passion you guys put into this everyday.i will try my best to add on as much as I can ,I have a lot of friends that works/formally for the cta Thanks guys!!!??
  2. 3 points
    You didn't upset me. Quite the opposite actually, but you also failed to explain how that quote is the same thing as me saying that the rail operator is free of fault because sorry to say, you can't. And with all due respect MTR, having differences on some of the details related to the crash is not going off topic. We're not always going to agree on everything on here. As far as I'm concerned, BusHunter and I have an honest disagreement on a few details based on a difference in how we both individually are looking at the available details. Perfectly normal. I take no disrespect in his position, and hopefully he takes none in mine since none is intended.
  3. 2 points
    5000s on purple during morning rush. Run 511
  4. 2 points
    After I got done mending fences with you guess what happened right in front of me? Whoops!! I had a train overshoot the station I was at!! How's that for irony? Actually someone mentioned to me this also happened right in front of supervision on a line yesterday. So it must be something that happens here and there. Where we got into our disagreement lies in this very thing. So don't believe this woman operator was the only one who did this. Unfortunately you can't fire everyone that does this, especially as a first offense. But you don't know who will become a risky operator either. This is the issue of our disagreement and something CTA and the union will have to deal with.
  5. 2 points
    Oops. It's all good with me!
  6. 1 point
    There are federal guidelines for screening workers as given by D.O.T, which are strict. Once a person passes their D.O.T physical, they are given a medical examiner's card which an operator must carry along with his/her license at all times. Most cards are good for two years from date of examination, but sometimes the examining doctor may issue one for only a year or even 3 months if there is some concern in a particular area. PACE, the suburban bus agency, requires D.O.T. exams EVERY year., even from the operators that work for contractors. There is no way a physical exam can predict if/when someone will have a seizure, heart attack, asthma attack, etc. However, a doctor giving a D.O.T exam may not pass someone if they have high blood pressure, too much blood sugar, or if taking certain medications in association with those conditions. The only thing a doctor can do is pass someone based on their ability to pass their physical examination at the time given. He could also outright fail them OR give them a temporary card (for 3 months) with a reexamination. Those are usually given if a person has a problem that may not be at a serious enough level to fail them, but if not brought under control in short order COULD lead to failing. Seeing as the female rail operator was a flag person first, she more than likely still had to pass a physical when she first got the flagman position. Trainman can say for sure, but I think that conductors would have to pass a D.O.T. physical as well. Fatigue, though a problem in transportation, is not necessarily a medical issue. You would have to be diagnosed or tested for sleep apnea for that to be a medical issue. Getting proper rest is the responsibility of the operator. It is also the responsibility of the operator to tell a supervisor or dispatcher that he/she is too fatigued to continue operating a vehicle safely. Sometimes it may call for that operator to call off work. If she has been reprimanded before for nodding off behind the throttle, there should've been steps taken then. While terminating her then may have been considered too harsh, putting her back on flag duty would not have been. Perhaps increased ride alongs (where a supervisor rides along with her on some trips, especially the night ones) would've helped. I understand that due to union work rules, putting her on days only wouldn't work. This is sad in that it seemed like she was done with her shift when this happened. She probably fought fatigue from Western all the way to the airport and when pulling in, was relieved to be finally getting off work, and relaxed (a sigh that turned into a snooze).
  7. 1 point
    Any elevated structure would be a disaster... one that comes to mind for me is the Clark St. Jct., where not one or two, but three lines connect! Can you imagine this scenario playing out... a wayward Loop Brown Line train flies through the jct. with a Operator unable to stop the train for whatever reason(asleep, medical, mechanical) and this train plows into a Loop Purple Line train and both derail with a 95th Red Line train running nearly alongside the Purple Line train at time of impact. You have three trains derailed, possibly hanging off the elevated structure now. This is a recipe that is possible as Red and Purple run on separate tracks through the junction(Brown would have to hold for Purple Line trains that are Loop-bound and only hold for 95th and Howard-bound Red Line trains when Kimball-bound.
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