Another day, another derailment
It's almost becoming dangerously commonplace. This derailment stuff. Especially when it appears to be operator error. Scary stuff.
In February, I wrote about another Red Line motorman who missed a switch and had to back up, but I wrote it with a lighter touch. I probably should have been more concerned, since that's what the young motorman did Tuesday.
Bottom line: The CTA needs to give some refresher training to operators. You know, like Stop means Stop. Stuff like that.
An AP report quotes a researcher that "the premier transit systems like New York and Chicago and Boston (have) serious deficiencies. Unfortunately, it does seem to take a catastrophe to get people to focus on it."
That may be true. The CTA needs a huge capital investment to make the system safer. But again, let's be clear. This was no derailment caused by track problems, as happened in August 2006 on the Blue Line. Let's remember these latest two derailments were caused by operator error.
Fix that, Ron.