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U.S proposes new safety standards for high speed passenger trains

24 Nov 2016
The U.S is planning to introduce federal safety standards for high-speed rail. The regulations which were released earlier this week set safety standards for passenger trains travelling over 150 mph.

The proposed rules are broken down into three subject areas: safety standards; crash worthiness and occupant protection performance requirements such as emergency systems, brakes and windows; and the maximum speed authorised for trains on different tracks. 

“As several regions of the United States build faster passenger rail service, the trains on those tracks must keep passengers safe,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “To do that, we want to allow manufacturers to innovate and achieve all-new levels of safety. These proposed changes put us on track to do just that.”

"We look forward to hearing from everyone on how this proposal can help our country build a stronger passenger rail network," said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg, "one that is not only faster, but allows for new technologies to make passenger trains even safer.”

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