Why Amtrak rail cars need safety upgrades

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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Is train travel safe in America?

For the 238 passengers and 5 crew aboard Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 between Washington to New York, which derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening, train travel was not a safe mode of transportation. At least eight people were killed and 200 were injured in the accident.

But if you’re wondering if traveling by rail in the United States is safe for you, it turns out there’s a more reassuring answer.
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