Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sen. Heitkamp secures commitment from FRA for Casselton track inspection program

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) secured a commitment from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to deploy a new track inspection program to Casselton, the site where a recent derailment occurred and where four derailments have taken place in nine years.


Heitkamp met with FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo to discuss the need for improved and more frequent rail inspections in North Dakota and throughout the country. Data collected by the Automated Track Inspection Program is designed to improve track integrity and rail safety.

"We deserve to know the condition of the tracks that run through our communities and it's crucial that those tracks are continually checked so our towns and families aren't at risk. It's important the FRA has committed to look closely at the track quality around Casselton, which will go a long way to helping prevent future derailments," said Sen. Heitkamp.



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