Fed Seeks More Control Over Transit Safety

In light of recent transit accidents, especially the Red Line crash in Washington, DC suburbs, the Obama Administration is seeking legislation to set and enforce safety standards on transit systems nationwide.

"Citing an increase in the number of subway and light-rail crashes and resulting passenger injuries, the Obama administration will push for legislation that would allow the federal government to set and enforce safety standards on the nation's transit systems, officials said on Sunday.

From 2003 to 2008, the national rate of passenger injuries on subways and light-rail crashes increased to 1.362 injuries per 100 million miles from 0.483, a 182 percent increase, transportation officials said. The Obama administration's plans were first reported Sunday in The Washington Post."

Full Story: Stricter Transit Standards to Be Sought

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