The nation’s political class is currently paralyzed with rage over people dying of vaping.
Ignoring the fact that vaping has likely saved thousands of lives by helping people stop smoking, and more people never start – never mind! A death toll in single digits, almost entirely from using home-made vaping fluids or the occasional extremely rare lung condition, and Big Government, Big Left and, presumably, Big Tobacco are on the warpath against legal vaping.
Over less than ten deaths out of 320 million people in a decade.
And our political class is beating the whole world over the head with climate change – a crisis that has killed nobody, but has terrorized hundreds of thousands of school kids into turning into protest droogs on command. .
So I got to looking at the records for the Twin Cities’ three rail lines – the Blue and Green (“Vomit Comet”) light rail lines and the North Star heavy commuter line.
Now, I expected these deeply dim-witted projects to rack up a death toll.
I wasn’t ready for what I found.
Currently, the lines have claimed 26 lives in fifteen years.
|Rail Line||Death Toll||Years in Operation||Bodies Per Year|
|Green Line (aka “Vomit Comet:)||8||5||1.6|
|North Star Line||5||10||.5|
I’m adtually a bit surprised that the death toll on the North Star is as high as it is; the intersections tend to be pretty well-controlled, and the trains run on existing right of way.
On the other hand? The death toll on the Green Line astounds me – and the number for the Blue Lline kinda snuck into double digits when I wasn’t looking too.
That’s 26 people dead. 26 families forever altered. 26 Transit employees scarred.
Something has to be done.
June 23, 2020. That’s the 16th anniversary of the start of regular Blue Line service. And I’m going to observe it as Transit Memorial Day. A day of solemn rememrance of the 26 people (so far) whose lives have been sacrificed…
To support the Met Council and the Political class’s urge to feel like a real big city? To build a monument to the government’s power?
Yeah, totally worth it.
See you June 23.