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  1. #1
    David S
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    From trains.com:

    Wireless direct-connect communication devices approved for NJ Transit crews

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - NJ Transitís Board of Directors yesterday approved a
    two-year contract with Nextel Communications to provide up to 1,500
    wireless direct-connect communication devices for on-train employees.

    The wireless equipment will allow the transitís rail operations center to
    communicate with employees on board trains without relying on radio relays
    between dispatchers and engineers. The direct-connect feature will also
    provide immediate communications between crewmembers who may be several
    cars apart. The devicesí ability to do text messaging will allow crews to
    receive train status and service issues that they can share with
    passengers.

    The devices are being distributed following an eight-week pilot program in
    which they were tested by 30 crewmembers. The program is modeled after one
    that has proven very successful on Chicagoís Metra system. NJ Transit plans
    to begin distributing the wireless direct-connect devices by the end of the
    year.

    Copyright 2003 Kalmbach Publishing Company
    All rights reserved.


    ----------------------------

    The second sentence of the last paragraph is of special interest to me,
    because I heard through an unofficial (and not necessarily reliable)
    backchannel that they're investigating use of the Nextel as a possible
    contributing factor in Metra's wreck last month which severely damaged one
    brand new locomotive and totaled another. To wit, the engineer may have
    missed the signal to slow down because he was looking at his phone in order
    to call someone -- a call directly related to the operation of his train,
    but requiring more attention than simply grabbing the handset of a 2-way
    radio and pushing the PTT button.

    --
    David Streeter, "an internet god" -- Dave Barry
    http://home.att.net/~dwstreeter
    Expect a train on ANY track at ANY time.
    "Hi. How've you been?" - Buffy
    "Rat. You?" - Amy
    "Dead." - Buffy
    "Oh." - Amy




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  2. #2
    Michael
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    Re: News item: New Jersey Transit approves Nextel for train crews

    Of course....why would they use a non-professional company like Verizon to
    provide those communications? Anyway, Verizon Wireless is now geared for
    teenagers..."fun and games" as it says on most cell phone boxes today.

    "David S" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > From trains.com:
    >
    > Wireless direct-connect communication devices approved for NJ Transit

    crews
    >
    > JERSEY CITY, N.J. - NJ Transit's Board of Directors yesterday approved a
    > two-year contract with Nextel Communications to provide up to 1,500
    > wireless direct-connect communication devices for on-train employees.
    >
    > The wireless equipment will allow the transit's rail operations center to
    > communicate with employees on board trains without relying on radio relays
    > between dispatchers and engineers. The direct-connect feature will also
    > provide immediate communications between crewmembers who may be several
    > cars apart. The devices' ability to do text messaging will allow crews to
    > receive train status and service issues that they can share with
    > passengers.
    >
    > The devices are being distributed following an eight-week pilot program in
    > which they were tested by 30 crewmembers. The program is modeled after one
    > that has proven very successful on Chicago's Metra system. NJ Transit

    plans
    > to begin distributing the wireless direct-connect devices by the end of

    the
    > year.
    >
    > Copyright 2003 Kalmbach Publishing Company
    > All rights reserved.
    >
    >
    > ----------------------------
    >
    > The second sentence of the last paragraph is of special interest to me,
    > because I heard through an unofficial (and not necessarily reliable)
    > backchannel that they're investigating use of the Nextel as a possible
    > contributing factor in Metra's wreck last month which severely damaged one
    > brand new locomotive and totaled another. To wit, the engineer may have
    > missed the signal to slow down because he was looking at his phone in

    order
    > to call someone -- a call directly related to the operation of his train,
    > but requiring more attention than simply grabbing the handset of a 2-way
    > radio and pushing the PTT button.
    >
    > --
    > David Streeter, "an internet god" -- Dave Barry
    > http://home.att.net/~dwstreeter
    > Expect a train on ANY track at ANY time.
    > "Hi. How've you been?" - Buffy
    > "Rat. You?" - Amy
    > "Dead." - Buffy
    > "Oh." - Amy
    >






  3. #3
    Charles
    Guest

    Re: News item: New Jersey Transit approves Nextel for train crews

    In article <[email protected]>, Michael
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Of course....why would they use a non-professional company like Verizon to
    > provide those communications? Anyway, Verizon Wireless is now geared for
    > teenagers..."fun and games" as it says on most cell phone boxes today.


    Verizon works well in New York Penn station and it works in the tunnel
    under the Hudson River. Unless Nextel has done something lately it does
    not work in the tunnel. Along the rail lines on the northeast corrider
    Verizon has the best coverage of all the carriers. That is the main
    reason I switched carriers to Verizon, because I needed their coverage
    along the NEC.

    --
    Charles



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