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Clint Worthington October 2, 2013 at 08:53 pm
Great job Tom! I am right with you on this. All that we have received is lip service. After nineRead More years Sam Allevato has done nothing but vote for that stupid traffic light at the crossing.
Clint Worthington August 28, 2013 at 11:21 am
Matt, that solution for taking the siding (a spur is dead ended at the end of the track, this is aRead More siding. There is a difference) out of service because of the predictor for the signal crossing gate is a hog wash and does not make sense. Here is the reason why: this section of right of way is signaled and dispatched under Centralized Traffic Control (CTC). Under CTC the dispatcher has the sole authority to open that switch and enter CTC limits. The safeguards installed inside the switch prevent anyone (hopefully) from opening that switch without the dispatcher disengaging the electric lock at the switch. For example, if someone had stolen my SCRRA (Metrolink) switch keys in CTC territory theoretically they would not be able to open up the switch and derailing the passing train. As the switch points on either side of Del Obispo are not facing Del Obispo, if the horrible should happen and a train came out of the siding without authority from the dispatcher in CTC territory, the direction it would travel would be away from Del Obispo, not towards it. Which is why what Darrel Johnson said is hog wash. The siding is not required to be taken out of service. I would have explained that at the 10/10/12 meeting, but I only have three minutes and have to prioritize. FYI, to take a switch out of service takes approximately two hours. It is done all the time.. The railroad has welding gangs (that is what they are called) that are on call 24 hours a day to fix welded rail problems. If it was truly the intention to take it out of service, the Forman of the welding gang simply contacts the dispatcher for a two hour window to make the repair which would be done at night.
rob h August 30, 2013 at 06:44 am
Clint, why not offer your services to spearhead this and get it done? Serious
Clint Worthington August 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm
rob h, thank you. I would love nothing more than to help all of the residents in San Juan byRead More solving the Ghost Train. It is simple fix to do and would literally take less than 10 minutes and a cost of less than $10.00. The Metrolink Train Dispatcher for the Orange subdivision simply issues what is called a Form A speed restriction requiring all south bound trains that will be stopping at the Capistrano Station to not exceed a speed of xx at Mile Post xx and not to exceed a speed of xx at Mile Post xx. That is all it takes to slow down the trains on the approach to the Capistrano Station which would then not trigger the crossing gates going down and the Ghost Train effect. That is all it takes.
Jim Reardon August 24, 2013 at 01:35 pm
This situation would be funny, if it were not so costly and dangerous. The design of our crossingsRead More leave much to be desired. They've been re-worked multiple times since being designed by so-called experts. They still don't work properly and have obvious flaws. My favorite is the tiny "No Train Horn" sign positioned at the westbound sidewalk at Del Obispo, obviously sized for pedestrians, except that is positioned so high off the ground that many will crane their necks to look up at it. How can this agency even discuss "Positive Train Control" when they can't control a street crossing?
rachel o August 25, 2013 at 05:43 pm
Tom you made excellent points. Just to give you a heads up,the OCTA said the siding has to do withRead More the Ghost Train effect. The siding has nothing to do with the Ghost Train. I only had three minutes to speak and had to prioritize the misinformation that Darrell Johnson from the OCTA was saying. Simply said, this is what is called a "controlled siding" that means the siding is controlled by the dispatcher, and it has nothing to do with the Ghost Train. In regards to the PTC (Positive Train Control), a recent LA Times article explained that Metrolink is 10 million over budget on the PTC and the PTC is still not functional. PTC was required to be implemented by 2012 by the FRA. When that deadline was not met, the deadline was extended to 12/31/15. Presently, there is a bill before congress to extend the deadline to 2020 because the railroads have been unable to get PTC to work. All PTC training which was to begin last January has been cancelled by my employer. The October 10, 2012 meeting was strictly a dog and pony show held before an election for Sam Allevato to placate the public that Sam Allevato is doing something. If you don't believe me, then why is the Ghost Train still here?
Clint Worthington November 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Frank E., I asked you earlier to please tell me where I am wrong? You may not like the way IRead More deliver what I say, but the bottom line is, please tell me where I am wrong?
Jonathan Volzke November 9, 2012 at 04:34 am
Clint, I can tell you where you're wrong: Poseidon has absolutely no interest in San JuanRead More Capistrano's politics or GWRP. You're not "just a resident." You're on the editorial board of a monthly newsletter that has supported five different candidates for city council over the last two elections. You're as much a lobbyist as I am. The only motive I have to put you down is because I'm a resident who disagrees with you.
Clint Worthington November 9, 2012 at 08:26 am
Jonathan, however, your firm does represent Poseidon, so your firm does have a vested interest. AsRead More for being on a editorial board, it is a volunteer position that I receive no compensation for. In fact, there are extremely few adds. Now, the Dispatch was a position that you received compensation for, in addition you had advertisements in the paper. He size of that I am sure that there may have been some bias in your selection of candidates that you backed. I did not have that bias as it is a volunteer position with extremely few adds. I don't have the power to be a lobbyist. I don't have any money behind me. I am just a resident who cares about our city and the direction it has been going in.
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