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Were passengers who abandoned stalled DART train criminals? Or victims? (Freep the Poll!)
Dallas Morning News ^ | June 17, 2011 | Bruce Tomaso

Posted on 06/18/2011 12:08:38 PM PDT by Immerito

Staff Writer Michael A. Lindenberger had a front-page story this morning about the harrowing ride that some DART passengers had after Thursday's parade for the Dallas Mavericks.

The northbound train, packed with people going home from the parade, got stuck for almost an hour in the tunnel near Cityplace.

No one ever told the passengers what was going on.

"People were hitting the little button to talk to the conductor," one passenger told WFAA-TV (Channel 8). "No information was coming back whatsoever. Nobody was talking to us." He added that when he tried to use an emergency phone to reach DART, "it was dead."

Eventually, some people got off and started walking up the tunnel to the Mockingbird Station less than a mile away.

They shouldn't have done that, according to Morgan Lyons, spokesman for Dallas Area Rapid Transit. By getting off the train, those riders broke the law and endangered themselves and others, he said.

"We are thinking about their safety first," Lyons said.

(Excerpt) Read more at thescoopblog.dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dallas; dart; morganlyons; texas; train

1 posted on 06/18/2011 12:08:48 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

Stupid poll. There’s no “try” to get off. You GET off before another train plows into the back of your train. You get off before people start having heat stroke in Texas’ upwards of 109 degree heat wave. You get off because it’s obvious no one at DART had two brain cells to rub together to fix the problem or come tell the passengers what to do.


2 posted on 06/18/2011 12:13:00 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

I agree. What many people unfortunately learned from 9/11 is to trust your instincts for survival. How many people stayed in the Towers simply because 911 communicators told them to do so? If I couldn’t contact someone to tell me what was going on, I would have gotten off and started walking as well. IMHO


3 posted on 06/18/2011 12:21:13 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Immerito

If they aren’t going to communicate with the riders, then whatever happens is 100% DARTs fault.


4 posted on 06/18/2011 12:21:41 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Immerito

Buying a ticket on the DART train makes one a potential prisoner of government ineptitude? Really?


5 posted on 06/18/2011 12:23:11 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: Immerito

When asked for comment, Economic Czar Wesley Mouch replied, “Passengers should know better than to endanger their lives and the lives of others by making decisions for themselves and attempting to make unauthorized self-rescues. It’s best just to wait for government to send aid.”


6 posted on 06/18/2011 12:25:37 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: bgill

If its anything like BART in California, it is “try to get off.”

The doors are remotely controlled.

(and since when is 109 deg hot?)


7 posted on 06/18/2011 12:25:37 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Immerito

The passengers were coming from an event celebrating a victory.

Crying “Havoc!” should be a poll option.


8 posted on 06/18/2011 12:26:43 PM PDT by seton89 (Aequinimitas per ignorantiam)
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To: William Tell

>> “wait for government to send aid” <<

.
“We don’t dial 911”


9 posted on 06/18/2011 12:27:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Immerito
Gibbering gubbermint officials like "Morgan Lyons" need to start watching their backs. The legitimacy of idiot bureaucrats in this country is just about exhausted.
10 posted on 06/18/2011 12:28:27 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Immerito

What would you have done?
Thank you for voting!
Try to get off and start walking 82.47% (1,473 votes)
Sit and wait for official word 14.56% (260 votes)
Other: 2.97% (53 votes)
Total Votes: 1,786


11 posted on 06/18/2011 12:38:37 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Texas and esp Dallas Freepers should contact this moron here: mlyons@dart.org Pinging to Texas list, too...


12 posted on 06/18/2011 12:39:28 PM PDT by piytar (Obama's Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Immerito

Yet another reason to avoid mass transit.
That and terrorist attacks. And crime.


13 posted on 06/18/2011 12:41:08 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: Immerito
By getting off the train, those riders broke the law and endangered themselves and others.

1) Nanny state Democrat lawmakers create a law making it illegal to get off a disabled train in a tunnel? Stupid.

2) Government nannies, please explain how it is more dangerous to leave a disabled train rather than wait for government busy-bodies to come "help" when no one knows when that will be.

People can and should make decisions for themselves, not wait for some idiotic government know-nothing to eventually come along and tell them what to do.

14 posted on 06/18/2011 1:04:42 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Immerito

I notice that DART didn’t eplain what the problem was or how long it took to get the train running.


15 posted on 06/18/2011 1:07:04 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Immerito
How DARE mere cattle try to decide what is best for them! Your betters will let you know what to do when it's convenient.

If you are baking cookies, 109 degrees is too cold. If you are standing in a crowded light rail car, a-hole to belly button, in the dark, it's the threshold of hell.

Every time they pull one of these stunts, I'm just one more inch closer to approving the use of Zyclon B on anyone who ever voted Democrat, or even ran for office. There should be massive penalties for this kind of stupidity and greed.

16 posted on 06/18/2011 1:47:55 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: Immerito

Hey DART!
You’re supposed to be a transportation service.

If you can’t do your job, I am under NO OBLIGATION to subject myself to further incompetence.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 1:52:17 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: bgill
two brain cells to rub together

Wow; I haven't heard that turn of phrase in decades!

18 posted on 06/18/2011 2:37:02 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Help Jim DeMint: http://www.cutcapbalancepledge.com/)
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To: Immerito

DA doesn’t stand for Dallas Area.

I keep wondering when people are going to get a gut full of pinheads like this DART administrator lecturing to grown people like they are children. I also wonder when people are going to get a gut full and drag some pinhead government bureaucrat out in the street and beat the living crap out of them.


19 posted on 06/18/2011 2:55:14 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: piytar

He’s not a moron, but more like a McMoron like you find at McDonald’s restaurants everywhere.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 3:13:41 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Sequoyah101

“I keep wondering when people are going to get a gut full of pinheads like this DART administrator lecturing to grown people like they are children.”

Based on the comments at the Dallas Morning News site, It appears that most people who bothered to comment are not looking at DART favorably.


21 posted on 06/18/2011 4:40:28 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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