New York City’s Penn Station has had a crazy history. The “real” Penn Station was torn down in the ’60s and “replaced” by the basement of Madison Square Garden. It has gotten renovated numerous times and still is one of the worst excuses for a train station. It holds Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and a couple of subway stations.
All kinds of mayors, governors and other people with ideas have made suggestions. Right next to Penn Station is the US Postal Services “GPO” (General Post Office) (ZIP Code 10000). It is a huge and with modern technology is kind of obsolete. Used to see cartoons of huge hall with 100 service windows and only one open. Finally the Postal Service decided to abandon it. WOW! It could become a train station!
Cuomo’s plan is to put Amtrak and Long Island RR would move and leave the “old” Penn Station to New Jersey Transit and the subways. Yes, have been many ideas over the years: Senators Moynihan and Schumer. Even people who just rode the trains.
Train 1614, with a Comet V cab car on the head end, departed from Spring Valley at 7:23 AM and was due to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38 AM. The cab car came to a halt between the terminal’s indoor waiting area and the end of the platform. A metal and glass train shed collapsed. Most of the injuries occurred in the lead car or to people struck by collapsing debris inside the station. Many people were trapped on the train or in the debris. The single fatality was a woman in her 30s who was on the platform.
NJT is in the process of installing PTC system-wide, but does not currently have plans to install it within Hoboken Terminal’s massive and complex interlocking plant. NJT applied for and received from the FRA what is known as a “Main Line Track Exclusion Addendum” (MTEA) to its PTC Implementation Plan (PTCIP) for Hoboken Terminal, where the existing ATC (Automatic Train Control, cab signal with speed control) system enforces an MAS (maximum authorized speed) of 20 mph. PTC would have provided a zero-speed target for the end of the platform, and would have automatically made a penalty brake application if it calculated and determined that the train’s 20 mph-to-0 mph braking curve was insufficient to stop the train just short of the end-of-platform bumping block. ATC does not calculate and enforce braking curves.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said on Sunday one data recorder recovered so far from the New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed in Hoboken, killing one and injuring more than 100, was not functioning on the day of the accident.
The locomotive’s recorder has information on train speed. NTSB vice chair T Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a Sunday news conference she was hopeful the data recorder in the cab control car in the front of the train was functional. That has yet to be recovered from the crash site.
Supply chain processes throw off a lot of data. If you’re a successful supplier who fulfills a significant number of orders then you understand that the detail of the transactions generated by orders, shipments, receipts, and all the miscellaneous transactions associated with every order is just too much to be able to read through, much less make sense of. But every part of your operation from your suppliers to your customers demand some kind of accountability, and it’s your responsibility to know of any problems or even potential problems long before everyone else. But with all the data flowing through your systems, is it even possible to separate the standard data from the trouble signals?
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