“CONNECTING THE DOTS TO NTSB ISSUANCE OF ITS PRELIMINARY REPORT ON FATAL AMTRAK DERAILMENT OF “CASCADES” AT DuPONT, WA”

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“NTSB ISSUES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON FATAL AMTRAK DERAILMENT OF “CASCADES” AT DuPONT, WA–CONNECTING THE DOTS   

By M.E. SINGER

The classic definition of repetitive compulsion is “a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats a traumatic event or its circumstances over and over again. This includes reenacting the event or putting oneself in situations where the event is likely to happen again.”  Given that backstory, how many more repetitive NTSB reports are required to duplicate what ails Amtrak? To paraphrase a past political campaign mantra, “It’s the company culture, stupid!”  

We certainly do not need to wait years for the NTSB to connect the dots to tell us what we already know: Amtrak puts a higher premium on serving its Northeast political masters, than operating as a railroad. The incessant, needless over-speeding wrecks symbolizes the total lack of a credible, acceptable safety culture. PTC is only a convenient crutch for…

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