Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why are Commuter Railroads still in the 19th Century

Every day I take New Jersey Transit (NJT) from Penn Station NYC to Newark.  I buy a monthly ticket through my payroll office so I get a tax deduction.  NJT  employs old fashioned conductors to collect fares on the trains.  This method is also used on Metro-North, the Long Island Railroad, and Amtrak.  With all the technology that is available , it beats me why this antiquated method is still used.  The only thing I can see that there is union pressure to preserve these jobs.  There is nothing we can do about this.


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Anonymous said...

Well, I like the photo!  If all the conductors have to dress 19th cent. and wear handlebar moustaches, it might be fun to see.  NY/NJ could market their trains as a "tourist spot" for the history buffs.  Have you ever considered that maybe these "conductors" really are working for Homeland Security?  We are just getting started with "light rail" in the Twin Cities. We haven't ridden on it yet, but I'll have to do some research (like take a ride) and see if they have conductors.

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