Why is a shuttle service needed to transport crews (PTI)?

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Why is a shuttle service needed to transport crews (PTI)?

Postby SouthernRailway » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:53 pm

At my local train station, there are a few parking spaces reserved for “PTI”: Professional Transportation, Inc. I thought at first that it was a taxi that served Amtrak passengers, but there are minivans parked there all the time.

I looked up the company and it is a shuttle service for railroad crews: in this case, Norfolk Southern.

Why is this needed (instead of just using Uber when needed, instead of a staffed minivan waiting all the time)? And where would crews need to go: just to a hotel, or out in various places along the tracks from time to time?

The station is a large Norfolk Southern base, so I’d think that crews who live in the town could drive themselves to work.

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Re: Why is a shuttle service needed to transport crews (PTI)

Postby NorthWest » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:01 pm

Crew vans are there to haul crews out to and back from trains that are being stored in sidings or have died on the law on the road from the crew base, and to shuttle them to hotels at their away terminal. They have railroad radios installed and familiarity with the property on which they must drive, which Uber drivers would not, and have a contracted availability, where Uber drivers might at times be unavailable.
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