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Bush Signs Rail Safety Bill

12:26 PM MDT | October 24, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

President Bush has signed a rail safety bill into law that will allocate $1.6 billion for an enhanced rail safety program during the next five years. The bill mandates that positive train controls (PTCs) be implemented by year-end 2015 where intercity passenger railroads and commuter railroads operate and where toxic-by-inhalation (TIH) hazardous materials are transported. PTC refers to “technology that is capable of preventing train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, and casualties or injuries to roadway workers,” says the Association of...

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