The only strange thing about Tuesday’s Amtrak crash is that it doesn’t happen more often. It happens often enough, as it is. But that’s what you get with government railroad. Not to mention the rest of us are paying for it.
“Given that the bulk of its rail traffic occurs in the well-heeled Northeast corridor, the company primarily serves as a means of transferring wealth from middle America to D.C., New York, and Boston. In its current form, Amtrak is less a for-profit passenger rail corporation and more a union jobs program (its ridiculous labor contracts are a major reason why the company is perpetually swimming in red ink).”
A union jobs program? Could that be why Tuesday’s 32-year-old engineer was recklessly driving 109 mph in a 50 mph zone? Possibly also texting. Police are after his phone records.
I’ve ridden Amtrak. It’s pathetic. Vending machine food. Smelly seats. Dirty windows. Flooded bathrooms. Just what you’d expect from “government work.”
UPDATE: Some answers on the crash, though not why the engineer was so young and apparently neither experienced nor reliable enough to drive the speed limit.