Federal Railroad Administration Clears the Way for the Modern Era of Train Technology
"Federal rules no longer bar U.S. passenger rail systems from using modern, lightweight train cars," reports Angie Schmitt.
New safety rules finalized by the Federal Railroad Administration "bring American standards more in line with those used in Europe," according to Schmitt. "Under the new rules, old, heavy trains can now be replaced with lighter, sleeker, more-modern models."
The article has more on how and why the new rules will make such a significant difference for regional commuter rail and inter-city rail systems.