Some subway drivers make me want to vomit by the time I get off the train. most of thr time, it’s fine, but then there’s the drivers that pump the brakes.
Did you ever notice yourself jerking forward 8 or 9 times as you pull into a subway stop? That’s a brake pumper.
Instead of applying constant, gradual pressure on the brakes, the driver instead brakes and releases. Brakes and releases.
It’s just like riding in a car with someone like that. They see a red light and instead of slowing up, it’s brake and release.
People all over the train start losing their balance, falling all over eachother. The first pump is usually pretty sudden and sharp so straphangers don’t see it coming.
There’s no real reason why the motormen need stop that way. It would be one thing if the tracks were slick, but they do it in all weather.
The best motorment glide the train to a nice gentle stop. That’s when a ride is relaxing and pleasant. A ride on a brake pumper’s train is like riding a bull to work. Grab hold and try to remain upright until we get to the next stop!
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