Safety on our freight and commuter railroad tracks


Guests: Curtis Tate and Allan Zarembski

In recent weeks, Senator Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf, and Philadelphia’s City Council have called on the federal government to address the increasing number of dangerous derailments of trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota to refineries in our region. The nation’s railroads have become the most efficient way of moving fuel across the country and along the way each week hundreds of these freight trains pass through the country’s most populated communities and cities, including Philadelphia. This morning on Radio Times, we’ll talk about the risks, implications and regulation of oil tanker train traffic and explore the overall safety of our nation’s freight and commuter rail systems. Joining us are reporter CURTIS TATE who covers transportation and infrastructure for McClatchy, and ALLAN ZAREMBSKI, research professor and director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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