Senators Schumer, Blumenthal to introduce new law to improve train safety

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/PIX11) — Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they want to "overhaul" rail safety laws to prevent future derailments and other accidents.

The new legislation will be unveiled in an effort to make train travel safer.

After multiple high-profile Metro-North derailments, the two Democrats are expected to announce "the rail safety improvement act."

They'll introduce legislation that would boost funding for federal rail safety and operations programs, strengthen the Federal Railroad Administration's enforcement powers and require enhanced inspections of commuter railroads. The proposal would also require new operating practices for the transport of crude oil and other flammable liquids.

Authorities have been looking into potential safety measures. They're looking into having inward and outward-facing cameras, including more frequent track inspections.

Schumer says recent derailments and accidents show the need for tougher railroad rules, inspections and worker training programs.

His office says the legislation contains many proposals from a recent federal report on rail safety.

 

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