Why so Few Use Mass Transit

Because of problems like this. Right now, one reason is that it is too darn hot. Fox40 explains:

An excerpt.

SACRAMENTO — Multiple Sacramento Regional Transit District train operators have complained during the extremely hot days that the temperatures in their cabins are so hot it is a safety hazard.

If one of them passes out, the train could potentially be driving itself. Obviously that could, worst case scenario, end in tragedy.

The problem has gotten so bad some operators have called dispatch and said they can’t work; they’ve had to stop and take a break mid-shift or leave the train and ask for a substitution.

“Operators have had to call off…saying, ‘Look, I need a break,'” said operator David Allston. “‘It’s too hot in here. I’m sweating, I’m feeling flush, I need a relief.'”

Each train has a number, either a 100 or 200 designation. The 200 trains are fine, but the 100 trains are problematic. They’re older and often the air conditioning stops working, according to Sacramento RT operators who spoke with FOX40.

On 100 trains with functioning air conditioning, FOX40 utilized a temperature gun to monitor the heat. Some areas in the trains reached around 105 degrees, which did not include readings in the cabin, where drivers tell FOX40 it gets even hotter.

Operators say Sacramento RT is aware of the issue, yet year after year the air conditioning still has problems.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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