While riding home on TRAX the other morning, I saw something I thought odd and a concern to our emergency response organizations. We had stopped at a TRAX station where at the railroad crossing sat a fire engine, lights ablaze and sirens blasting, blocked by the crossing arm. It was delayed a good 20 to 40 seconds while the train discharged and picked up passengers before it moved on. The delay must have been frustrating to the crew of the fire engine. I asked one of the TRAX employees if there wasn't some provision to allow emergency vehicles the right of way. He told me, as of now, they have to wait. Maybe there is no other way, but surely this would take no monumental task force to reason what's most important, a moment's delay to a TRAX rider or someone gasping for their last breath.
Don M. Mortensen