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Commuter trains collide with vehicles
Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 9:58 AM

VRE hit vehicle has taken as much as 2 hours delay

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAVRE/bulletins/1778e2b

 

 

 

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Posted by tomikawaTT on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:43 AM

As long as there are grade crossings on commuter routes, and less-than-fully-competent rubber-wheeler pilots driving across them, there will be grade crossing accidents and attendant delays.

The, 'Shoot from the hip,' knee-jerk reaction is to demand elimination of all grade crossings.  Anyone have a few quadrillion dollars laying around?

Or we could demand that all rubber wheeler pilots meet aircraft pilot standards.  Problem is, planes crash, too.

Or we could do what was done in Japan half a century or so ago.  Under the law, anyone inconvenienced by a grade crossing accident could sue the responsible party for damages.  That includes that train's passengers, the passengers waiting for that train at stations between it and its destination, passengers on other trains delayed by the crash and investigation...

Now there is a real incentive to avoid being part of a grade crossing collision.

Chuck

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:00 PM
 
 

<h3 ""="">From VRE<h3 ""="">This Morning’s Fredericksburg Line Delay’s

 
 
 
VRE Train Talk Alert <vre@public.govdelivery.com> We would like to apologize to everyone who was affected by the delays on the Fredericksburg Line this morning. As most of you know, VRE Train 304 (Departs Spotsylvania at 5:23 am) struck a vehicle at
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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:42 PM

tomikawaTT
As long as there are grade crossings on commuter routes, and less-than-fully-competent rubber-wheeler pilots driveng across them, there will be grade crossing accidents and attendant delays.

The, 'Shoot from the hip,' knee-jerk reaction is to demand elimination of all grade crossings.  Anyone have a few quadrillion dollars laying around?

Or we could demand that all rubber wheeler pilots meet aircraft pilot standards.  Problem is, planes crash, too.

Or we could do what was done in Japan half a century or so ago.  Under the law, anyone inconvenienced by a grade crossing accident could sue the responsible party for damages.  That includes that train's passengers, the passengers waiting for that train at stations between it and its destination, passengers on other trains delayed by the crash and investigation...

Now there is a real incentive to avoid being part of a grade crossing collision.

Chuck

Will that be a part of the 'Lawyers Full Employment' bill?

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Posted by ACY on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:57 AM

The location was actually Arkendale, several miles north of Brooke. Visibility at that location is very good. It's hard to understand a reason for this accident. 

Tom

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Posted by RME on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 11:03 AM

BaltACD
Will that be a part of the 'Lawyers Full Employment' bill?

No, it will be part of the vastly expanded mandatory pro-bono requirement under the "Fair Access to Legal Care" bill that can be easily derived from 103 HR 3600 (text and link to PDF available here)

Best tort-reform bill I think was ever written, once you make some minor, consistently-referential changes in its language.

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Posted by Phoebe Vet on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:58 PM

Dave

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