Belvedere Jehosophat - Friday, 11 April 2003
It's becoming more and more apparent that the Millennium trains are not, especially in this forced metaphor, the promised land of the transport system.
Five out of the thirteen Millennium trains have suffered power problems, the symptoms of which include train drivers getting locked in their compartments.
It also seems that the new Millennium trains are, due to their length, spilling out beyond the confines of the train station and, due to their width, tripping emergency systems.
On top of this increasingly sad state of affairs, there seems to be a plethora of security issues that could be leading to strike action in the near future. Given that only 133 of the 300 officers that were promised by March are patrolling trains, it isn't very surprising.
State Rail has resorted to 'counseling' transit officers who do not give at least 6 infringement notices a day. This means that State Rail expects, even with the diminished amount of transit officers, at least 798 infringement notices to be given in a given day.
Are there even that many people in the world?