I'm not going to get political with this, in fact I voted for the guy when he ran for senator because I liked him as attorney general. However, someone forgot to give him the memo that he doesn't hold both titles and he should leave the AG stuff to his successor, and that annoys me, but anyway...let me spare you from a diatribe about why the man now drives me nuts and will probably not be getting my vote again when he's up for re-election.
You would think as one of Metro North's most vocal detractors who spends most of his time ripping them to shreds over questionable safety and performance, he would have enough common sense to not be kissing the edge of the platform with his easel of charts. Apparently reading is pretty hard, considering "Watch the Gap" is painted on the platform. Amusingly had the train taken him out, Amtrak engines are already equipped with outward facing silent witness cameras, which would have shown that his ignorance was at fault. Why did none of his people have enough brains to tell him something along the lines of "Hey boss, you need to shift everything left about two feet"?
Of course had he been hit by the train, I'm sure they would have tried pinning the incident on Metro North's dispatching or something. Maybe Amtrak would be faced with immediate defunding (as if they're not constantly walking around with a target on their backs anyway). Perhaps there would be cries for requiring all trains to stop when they see people on the platform...
Maybe instead of crying that Metro-North needs to immediately implement PTC (and subsequently not funding his demand, because anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows lack of funding is a main roadblock to implementation of PTC on tons of railroads, not just Metro North) and install inward and outward facing cameras in the interest of safety, maybe there needs to be a movement to educate the public (and annoying politicians) on rail safety. (Hmm, where have I said that before?)
(Before people jump down my throat about the camera thing: Outward facing cameras are an excellent idea, and quite frankly I'm appalled that Metro North wasn't already using them, especially on the Danbury and Waterbury branches where grade crossing idiocy is rampant. Inward facing cameras, however, will accomplish absolutely nothing unless you find oodles of money to hire people to babysit video feeds for every train over the road and see if the engineer is falling asleep, on his phone, or whatever. Even then, what are you going to do, yell at the person on the radio? Unless there's some sort of shock device attached, what's going to be accomplished? Basically nothing. Besides, this incident proves that you can point all sorts of cameras at people and they're still not going to behave in a safe manner!)
Funnily enough, Blumenthal usually does not shy away from giving sound bites for pretty much anything that even concerns him a tiny percentage. I haven't heard anything in the news from his camp about why he was such an idiot last week.
Don't even get me started on the typical media BS contained in this video clip - as if the engineer could make that HHP-8 jump tracks and avoid the area..
I think I'll stop ranting now :)
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