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NYC Transit's Handling of Signal and Emergency Brake Problems Prior To The Williamsburg Bridge Collision

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NYC Transit's Handling of Signal and Emergency Brake Problems Prior To The Williamsburg Bridge Collision


This document was completed by the MTA Inspector General in December 1996. This eye-opening document details the failures that led to the tragic 1995 collision on the Williamsburg Bridge. It also illustrates the incompetence in NYCT's decision not to improve emergency braking rates.


 

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This is one of the more damning indictments of NYCT managerial culture I’ve ever seen. Wow. The level of inaction, territorialism and sheer arrogance displayed is terrifying. It’s interesting to contextualize this report’s findings in the at times impact-blind speed reduction efforts undertaken over the ensuing two decades — the direction of the agency changed, but the inability to step back and see problems and take initiative did not. I recommend everyone read it.

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It is interesting that pretty much all TA and other official literature pays no attention to the scope and impact of the "accleration mods" carried out on the whole fleet after the Williamsburg crash. This document seems to assume that the mods simply reverted the fleet back to the R1/9 performance that the signal system was largely designed around. It actually crippled the cars much harder than that and everyone seems to have just eaten the substantial change in speed and travel time over the past 25 years without much complaint.

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