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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 04/21/2010

FTA: Federal oversight musn't push riders away

By Washington Post editors


FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff told Congress that while he believes strongly in greater federal oversight of transit safety, it's important for that oversight not to diminish the usefulness of transit.

When news first broke that the Obama Administration was seeking a greater federal role in transit safety oversight, I cautioned that such oversight must not repeat the Federal Railroad Administration's mistakes.

FRA rules forced Acela trainsets to be so heavy they couldn't operate at originally-planned speeds and later started developing cracks. By focusing on crash survivability instead of crash avoidance, the FRA has limited intercity rail as an alternative to driving in the United States.

Rogoff said that the FTA has no intention of following that path...

[Visit David Alpert's blog, Greater Greater Washington, to read more.]

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Local blog network, transportation  
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