Transit union work rules are obnoxious and a massive barrier to improved technology (see the recent Metro North disaster, where union pressure has dramatically slowed the MTA’s installation of safety equipment that could easily be converted into one or zero person operated trains). Compromise positions on union salaries vs technology always balance the savings from less onerous work rules (and more advanced technology) with running more trains and/or higher salaries. That’s what the MTA is advocating here. It’s disturbing the Feds couldn’t see that. Perhaps a strike is what’s needed for modernization, David Gunn and SEPTA style.