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Trash Barrels

Postby helium » Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:00 pm

the other day there was an article in the metro about security. it stated that the mbta would be removing all trash barrels until new "bomb proof" ones came in.
well, i've noticed that they took away suburban barrels, since we all know how much terrorists want to bomb oak grove, but dtx still has loads, as does south station.
does the mbta hire anybody that isn't complacent, ignorant, or generally stupid?
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Postby Justin B » Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:36 pm

I'm sorry but how can you make a trash can "bombproof"? Put it in a concrete bunker??? Sheesh. Sounds like another waste of taxpayers money.
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Postby ceo » Thu Mar 25, 2004 6:56 pm

Didn't they do that after 9/11? The new trash barrels are heavy steel cylinders with a thick perforated aluminum plate at the top, apparently designed to direct the blast straight up.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:18 pm

i was wondering why they removed all of the trassh bins at the Attleboro station....how can you have a bomb proof trah can?
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Postby caduceus » Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:59 pm

They are not "bomb proof", but more "damage limiting". The idea is that an explosive device placed and detonated within the cylinder, due to the shape of the vessel and the composition, would direct the majority of the blast upwards instead of the the sides, reducing the shrapnel and blast wave damage.
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Postby fm535 » Thu Mar 25, 2004 11:29 pm

The Braintree and JFK stations pulled all their red trash barrels from the platforms for two days, and they all re-appeared after a few days of the trash and the newspapers started covering over the tracks. There are ALOT of Metro papers every day blowing around out there!
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Postby Ken W2KB » Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:10 am

NJ Transit replaced all theirs with a simple frame that holds a clear plastic bag. No shrapnel if a bomb were placed there, and a good chance it would be seen if one were.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:02 pm

Just another waste of taxpayers' and riders' $$$$$.
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Postby Sir Ray » Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:21 pm

It's hard enough to get commuters (and people in general) to deposit waste in nearby recepticals - what management mindset would think these people would CARRY their trash out with them (insert ROTFLMAO emoticon here). No, no trash cans, trash then pretty much stays where it was generated (station platforms, stairs, train seats, and so on) - it's not just a obvious idea, it's the (natural) law...
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Postby ceo » Wed Mar 31, 2004 6:43 pm

When I was in Paris for a month in 1996, they'd had a string of bombings the previous year and had therefore sealed all the public trash barrels in the tourist areas and most of the Metro stations. I figured that when Paris drowned in its own trash, the terrorists would have won.
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