She warned the safety of freight rail oil trains has been compromised “far too often."
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had a close call with a Metro-North train while standing on a train platform for a press conference focused on commuter safety.
The senator is seen in a video on WTNH-TV standing inches away from the platform as a train whizzes by the Milford station stop in Connecticut on Friday.
A popular travel website is adding Amtrak reservations alongside its flight options, USA Today reports.
The website, CheapAir.com, will allow travelers who are going to east coast cities like Washington, D.C., Boston and New York to compare Amtrak trips with flights.
The company says it is the first travel website that is primarily geared toward flights to offer Amtrak options, according to the report.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) pressed Senate appropriators to give more money to programs that intended to boost the safety of freight trains that are carrying crude oil shipments.
The proposed regulation was created in response to a deadly derailment last year in Canada.
The chairman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation issues said Monday that oil companies are dragging their feet on providing data to regulators about the safety of freight trains that are used to carry crude oil.
Amtrak is changing the schedule of its Empire Builder line in the northwest U.S. to account for delays caused by freight trains carrying crude oil shipments, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Amtrak has complained for months about its trains that run from Chicago to Portland, Ore., and Seattle on tracks that are shared with freight trains being blocked by oil shipments.
The request comes as Amtrak is seeing record ticket sales.
The number of railcars carrying crude oil surged 83 percent in 2013.
Given the subsidies Amtrak receives, the senators said it shouldn't be offering free rides.