Train Operator in car 1258

Absolutely awful driver. Must have had the train in manual. Multiple extremely hard stops at almost every station, much worse than usual. Passengers in my car kept falling down, because she would slam the breaks to a hard stop, and then suddenly lurch the car forward 1 or 2 feet without warning. Saw her open the door to the front compartment to hit a rider who was standing in front of it - she didn't try to exit the cab, just opened the door to hit him and then closed it again. Also kept missing the correct stopping position for a 9-car train and then jerking forward to the stopping position for a 10-car.

Don't know if she was angry or just a really terrible driver.

The TO has no control over how hard the train brakes, it's all controlled by the computers, along with the acceleration, limited to 3MPH per second, even if they hit the "EM stop" button for an emergency stop the train still runs it's braking profile and slows down at the same rate.

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There is a section on the movement handle of the control console known as Neutral. By shifting between this and the Stop and Run section, the train could coast to a stop if it's timed right. Plus during coupling, I saw a TO in manual to perform this task. The train moved quite smoothly and slowly to reach its destination to couple. Unless this has changed from 5 years ago, I have a bet that the operators have some control to some extent regarding acceleration and braking when in manual mode. I could be wrong, but it would be foolish not to give some flexible control to the operators when in this mode for obvious safety reasons.

First of all, the cab door is not supposed to be blocked by anyone. There is even a sticker on most of them saying the same. About the stopping, if the train operator was in manual mode, dropping the p-handle will make the train come to an abrupt stop. But if it was happening at every station when the train was in automatic, it might be the braking profile was out of adjustment. I sympathize. It's not fun for the train operator either.