Pictured above: A scene from the Amtrak accident that left several dead and injured in Philadelphia
Four weeks after the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, the Federal Railroad Administration is taking steps to prevent future accidents. Today, the FRA issued new recommendations that focus on controlling excessive train speeds. Considering that the Amtrak train 188 was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, these new recommendations are an obvious attempt at preventing future derailments. The FRA is also suggesting other changes, including adjustments to Automatic Train Control systems at curves, more speed warning signs and adding another crew member in the cabin.
Although these suggestions are already in place for Amtrak trains, these changes will now affect commuter lines as well. Rail workers have called for an extra person in the locomotive for some time now and although these federal suggestions will not necessarily add more crew members, it will require that crew members be trained to know curves and be in constant contact with engineers. Hopefully these initiatives, coming a week after a Congressional hearing on the Amtrak accident, will be a positive step toward less train accidents.
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