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Proposal for “L” train Communications Based Train Control (CBTC)

WHEREAS, The MTA wants to conduct a pilot program to change train operation on the L line from trains run by a train operator and conductor to Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) which is a radio wave based system that uses a computerized signal system computers to guide the train along its route; and

WHEREAS, Most trains within the subway system currently operate with 2 personnel – a train operator and conductor – running them; and

WHEREAS, Using the CBTC should not eliminate the need for 2 personnel on the each subway train; and

WHEREAS, The MTA plans to conduct the CBTC pilot with only one train operator and will remove the conductor from the L train starting in June 2005 when the pilot is initiated; and

WHEREAS, There are frequent problems in the subway system including blackouts, periodic power failures, fires, and sick passengers; and

WHEREAS, Having a train operator and a conductor on a subway train increase passenger safety and make dealing with emergencies easier; and

WHEREAS, The recent fire impact on the signals of the A and C lines show that the signal system needs to be upgraded; and

WHEREAS, The train operators and conductors do not object to pilot projects testing new signal systems including CBTC as long as they are done in a manner that respects the unique problems and operations of the NYC subway and are done with both a train operator and a conductor; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five supports this pilot only if it is conducted with both a train operator and conductor on each train and requests the MTA share its analysis of the CBTC pilot with the community before proceeding further with the project.

The above resolution then passed with a  vote of 20 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstention.    

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