Appreciating the fact Public Transporation is still run by humans

The train I didn't make it on

Have you ever noticed that the BART Train driver sticks his/her head out to make sure people are still trying to board, or leave trains, especially during rush hour? I don’t know about you, but that brings a ‘feel good’ vibe to me, especially after my last trip.

In Kuala Lumpur, there are several rail transportation systems, servicing different places. One of them is called PutraLRT. Putra LRT does not have a driver. Yep, run by computer. Efficient? I question that.

It’s pretty good in terms of time, but here’s why. The computer thinks it knows when you are are done embarking and disembarking from the train. This train (see pic) I was trying to get on? Before passengers were done disembarking, it shut its doors and took off. The look of one female who was trying to get off was priceless.

2nd time around, the same thing was about to happen again. I was just about ready to get on the train and the doors started shutting again. I pretty much threw myself in (the doors do stop if it detects people *caught* in it).

And one other thing (praising BART again) when a train gets full, the conductor will get on the PA System and tell you to move your ass onto other trains.

3 Comments so far

  1. April (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    I totally agree. Nothing like a human touch for getting people to move their asses. Don’t forget to “mind the gap”.

  2. Jason D- (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    Are you back in town man?

  3. Jasmeet (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    Arpil: Emanuel Goldstein (from once tried to get a recording of the “Mind The Gap” when he was in UK. Unfortunately, security stopped him. I hear it’s a pretty big thing to hear, so I really want too =)

    Jason D: Si senor, I am back =)

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