Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Rail experts ask why new track in Washington state Amtrak crash did not have speed control system

Posted by M. C. on December 20, 2017

Don’t worry. Government owned and run railroad is on the job. Not too many more people will die before it applies some half-assed patch.

With any luck the next avoidable government disaster will take the heat off Amtrak.

How can a privately run rail system be worse or more expensive than this?

Government won’t follow it’s own rules but woe to you for not doing as you are told.

The new 14.5-mile bypass, developed by the local government agency Sound Transit, was designed to allow the train to travel at faster speeds by avoiding cargo traffic.

But the passage was not yet equipped with what is known as a “positive train control system.” Such systems automatically slow down trains when they are approaching curves too quickly or headed toward a collision with another train.

“Why they didn’t have positive train control is a question in my mind,” said Michael McGinley, a railroad safety expert and track engineer. “Why wouldn’t they build a new system with the latest technology?”

The simple answer is that U.S. railroads and their government regulators have been slow to implement the tricky system, leaving the majority of trains unprotected. McGinley noted that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Communications Commission, among other federal agencies, took more than a year to coordinate their rules for the system.

Much of the freight railroad industry fought the regulations, arguing it was not economical. And when the companies were finally ordered to adopt the technology, suppliers were backed up to design and produce the custom systems…

Be seeing you


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