From Staff, AJOT.com; June 19, 2019
More than 150 years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, rail remains a bedrock of the American economy. Each year, the men and women who operate and maintain our nation’s rail system collectively move 1.6 billion tons of freight and more than 30 million people throughout all corners of our country.
As impressive as these figures are, they mean nothing if those who work on the frontlines of our railroads, and the communities through which trains travel, are not safe. While much has been done over the years to improve rail safety, recent decisions by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and renewed pressure from Wall Street threaten the safety of our rail network.