SUBWAYblogger reader Lee tipped us to this article by the Daily News about the top 10 reasons trains are thrown off schedule. What are the reasons?
- Track work
- Signal Trouble
- Guard-light trouble (huh?)
- Sick Customers
- Customers holding doors
- Emergency Brakes triggered; no cause found (that’s not comforting)
- Broken rail (lovely)
- Unruly riders
- System Maintenance (isn’t that the same as #1?)
- Emergency brakes triggered by signal
4,270 trains were thrown off schedule in 2006. Somehow, that number seems low, no? Or maybe I was unlucky enough to be stuck on 4,000 of those trains. Either way, it seems a bit low.
Overall, the MTA has about 100 categories for transit delays. In other words, they have over 100 excuses to use when you complain about train service. Ahhh, the sweet work of a government job.
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I thought the number one reason was people holding the doors? I’m pretty sure that’s what I read. They didn’t mention Last Minute Arrival Guy by name, but his spirit was in the article, and that’s all that really matters.
Nevermind, I just re-read the article. The article itself focused on bad passengers but the top 10 list was just as you have it. My bad.
From the article:
“‘Sometimes it annoys me, but it makes me happy when someone holds the doors for me,’ Jessica Meier, 36, a telemarketer from Manhattan…”
And there you have it. It is all about me me me. It is the same thing as everything else, everyone’s head is filled with this bullshit that _they_ are _special_. A unique little snowflake. So it is _OK_ to hold the door for _them_. It is all those _other_ people that are the problem.
YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL.
YOU ARE NOT UNIQUE.
YOU ARE NOT A SPECIAL LITTLE SNOWFLAKE, YOU ARE GREY SLUSH UNDERFOOT JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.
Not that I am bitter.
I mean seriously. We all are consumed by this idea that WE are it. I know i do that when i stand in front of the tellie when my mate is watching. :o)
On the line it’s the same thing. I think it’s great that someone wants to hold the door for you, but when they do it for like 4 people at various stages of their marathon run to the door, it makes me angry…You wouldnt like to see me when i’m angry…. (alright i stole that last bit from the Hulk)
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