Why Amtrak rail cars need safety upgrades

Amtrak Acela train car, Copyright © 2015 NSL Photography. All Rights Reserved.

As the National Transportation Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have learned more about the Amtrak Train 188 derailment, the FRA has already begun to require Amtrak make changes in their safety systems. But there appears to be other common sense improvements Amtrak and FRA should at least consider implementing which can save many lives in a train accident.
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Why this Memorial Day will hurt


It started like it always does. A well-meaning fellow American wished me a “happy Memorial Day.”

Every year it stops me in my tracks. Hours after such a greeting, I come up with a good zinger in reply, but when it happens, I can think of nothing.
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Did he damage his Enterprise rental car? Hail, no!


Earlier this month, Jason Kirkpatrick rented a car from Enterprise to take his daughter to a doctor’s appointment in Lubbock, Texas. He picked the car up at 8 a.m., made the 120-mile drive, and brought the vehicle back unharmed.

When Kirkpatrick returned it at 2:00 p.m., he skipped the long line at the counter and left the keys in a drop box.

Big mistake.
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