ExCon90 wrote:As to Tadman's comment above about the knitting circle, I get the impression that the FRA is simply trying to guard against the consequences of the dumbest guy in the world doing the dumbest thing imaginable, with the result that everything is held to that level.
You know, I get that impression, but it's hard to reconcile. For example, a dumbest guy could easily swing open a Superliner window at speed and hang out like a surfer. A dumbest guy could easily unlatch a sleeper berth and crack themself on the head. A dumbest guy could easily jump off a platform in front of a speeding train. But then you have some other situations where we "have to protect against the dumbest guy".
You're never going to idiot proof a railroad. Forever, passengers and bystanders must apply some semblance of order, direction following, and common sense. There is just no way to idiot proof the railroad. Similar to a water. There is no way to idiot proof water if you can literally drown in an inch of water.
That's why I get so irritated at the FRA Old Ladies Knitting Circle. In order to prove they aren't asleep on the job, they pic one inane problem each year and make a stink about it. No data, no problem, just put the little old lady hat one and start dreaming and worrying.