I agree that this kind of response is silly, that being said you haven't given many reasonable arguments to work off of. Even in this paragraph, it is filled with so many strawmen points - its amazing to hear you still think that "We need to build expensive subways everywhere" is something people on here argue for. I agree we should be hesitant to accept new technology because of our overlords, but there is a massive difference between new Gadgetbahns like Hyperloops, O-Bahns, and trackless trams, versus Automated Metros that have existed in some form for over half a century, and have more than proven themselves.Ah, my favourite UrbanToronto line of argument. Someone questions some commonly accepted line of thinking, such as light metro being the unquestionably best tech for the OL, that we need to build expensive subways everywhere, or that automation everywhere is an unquestionable benefit for our civilization, and rather than meaningfully engaging with the discussion, the person is called irrational, behind the times, etc. I certainly don't think there is any shame in being hesitant to unquestionably accept a new technology (or at least there shouldn't be) just because our overlords, who as we all know from careful reading of history are a generous and kind demographic of people who always have our best interests and well being at heart, foisted it upon us and assured us it's safe.
Let me frame it another way. How much money does it cost to pay such a person to be on a train? 30-40 dollars per hour? If we have trains running every 90s, that's an insane amount of money that could be spent on hiring more bus operators to provide supplemental feeder services, and its money being wasted to prevent something that might happen once every 30-40 years. So to compare it to wearing a helmet, hi-vis clothing, or using 2 factor authentication is utterly insane.If wanting someone trained in evacuation procedures, emergency evacuations, and who can contact the authorities clearly and accurately on my trains is irrational or paranoid, then wearing seatbelts, locking your house at night, keeping computer backups, looking both ways before crossing the street, wearing hi-vis clothing in the dark, having a first aid kit, wearing a helmet while biking, having Two Factor Authentication, or having emergency contacts must also be irrational and paranoid. I have found in my life that I have not really needed to do any of these things up until this point, but I still do them, because it only takes one misadventure for the decision to do these things to pay off.
1) If train systems are still active, an employee is able to take control of the train remotely and move it back directly towards an emergency exit/ladder.I want someone to answer these questions clearly and concisely: if there is no employee on board the train, how does an automated metro conduct an evacuation in the event of a derailment or fire? How does the general public know where to go, or how to avoid debris on the track bed? What about if police or paramedic intervention is required? In a dark tunnel, everything looks the same and no one knows where they are (or even what happened). How does anyone know where they are or how to get help? And no, meaningless platitudes about how the metro systems are safe don't mean a thing. Everything is safe, until it's suddenly not. Of course, the wikipedia article on automatic train operation doesn't mention anything about safety.
2) If not, there is almost always going to be a station attendant at the next nearby station who might be able to run over, not to mention the fire department that I think always has to be at least 5m away, and get training on how to perform rescue operations from subways.