U.S., Washington State Report: Sound Transit Top Safety Officer Out

By Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 5, 2019

According to a report from The Seattle Times, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff has removed Chief Executive Safety and Quality Officer Salah Al-Tamimi, as a result of the fatal Amtrak Cascades passenger train derailment on Sound Transit-owned tracks in DuPont, Pierce County, in December 2017.

The Amtrak engineer involved in the 2017 derailment had operated a train there three times as part of his training, along with seven to 10 observational trips with Amtrak colleagues. However, the Seattle Times reported, whenever a Sound Transit light rail extension opens, the rail operators, trainees and vehicles undergo weeks of simulated revenue service, making hundreds of practice trips before a passenger ever boards the train.

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