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Blumenthal: Decades Of Neglect Make Rail Safety A Priority

Blumenthal: Decades Of Neglect Make Rail Safety A Priority

The twisted, mangled wreckage of the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia May 12 is a searing indictment of America's failure to invest in rail safety and reliability. Eight people lost their lives and more than 200 were hospitalized — yet another catastrophic and entirely preventable tragedy on our nation's rails. Once again, we see our railroads' dire deficiencies — ancient safety technology, crumbling infrastructure, and lax and laggard oversight that all contributed to the cascade of disruptions, delays and disasters that degraded public trust in passenger rail. For far too long, our rail funding plan has been to patch and pray — to make do with...

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