Last week there was a horrible accident on the T (Boston’s subway), with the driver of the train killed. While the driver and others have been cleared of criminal charges, the NTSB is investigating, since it has been reported that the train was going too fast and the signaling system failed to alert the driver.
Since that incident, the trains have been moving really slowly. I understand that the tourist season has kicked into high gear, but that shouldn’t affect how quickly the trains move, at least when trains aren’t backed up. Is anyone else noticing this?
If this is true, and not a figment of my imagination, this means one of two things (or both):
- Maybe the trains are running slower in order to conserve energy and save money on electrical bills.
- The trains used to run too fast simply so they could run on time (or not so poorly…)–the accident has forced the T to run within safety guidelines. In other words, there’s no way for the transit system to function properly with the current number of cars.
Obviously, explanation #2 is very…disconcerting (if the whole phenomenon isn’t a figment of my imagination to begin with).
But remember: it’s not the government’s subways, it’s your subways. Or something.