NEW POLL: Train derailments have dropped 38% since 2000, yet they still occur with startling regularity. Would tougher federal control of our railways yield a significant reduction in incidents?

Train derailments have dropped 38% since 2000, yet they still occur with startling regularity. Would tougher federal control of our railways yield a significant reduction in incidents?

 

Yes, private enterprise is simply not capable of maintaining a reasonable level of safety.

 

No, federal oversight will simply impede progress with bureaucracy and red tape.

 

Federal oversight would be problematic, but withholding of federal funds against safety results is certainly called for.

Transportation Management Blog Entry March 14, 2016

Brian W. Budzynski is the managing editor of Roads & Bridges and its quarterly supplement, Transportation Management & Engineering (TM&E).

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