My colleague Randy Appleton raises the question in the title above in his latest post to the Norfolk Injuryboard. Randy points to growing opposition among passanger, freight and commuter rail operators to coming federal rules that the companies install automatic braking systems on their tracks. Installing and maintaining positive train control systems may cost tens of billions of dollars over the next 20 years. But, as Randy asks, “What price could be placed on the lives the safety systems will undoubtedly save?” I agree with Randy that railroads need to be made as safe as current technology allows.
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