By Benjamin Goad - 12/06/13 10:12 AM EST
This week’s fatal derailment of a commuter train in New York is providing new momentum for the push for key rail safety regulations, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The push toward automated positive train control systems along the country’s rails reached new heights in 2008, following a deadly wreck in Southern California.
As reported by The Hill’s Transportation and Infrastructure blog, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override WH tried to stop Intel Dems' statement on Russian hacking: report MORE (D-Calif.) this week argued that the New York accident shows that the new requirements are urgently needed.
Writes the Journal’s Ted Mann:
“Sunday's crash of the Metro-North Railroad train might have changed the political landscape, however, much as the 2008 Southern California commuter-rail crash that led to the mandate, Ms. Feinstein suggested.”
Check out the Wall Street Journal story here and The Hill’s take here.