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Arizona commission takes steps to improve railroad safety

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State regulators say they’re taking steps aimed at improving railroad safety.

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add two additional railroad inspector positons to its current six, and the commission is also taking a closer look at crossing safety.

Commission Chairman Doug Little opened a docket on crossing safety after a Federal Railroad Administration recently identified five railroad crossings in the Phoenix area as among the 15 most dangerous in the country.

The five in Phoenix and Glendale are along a Burlington Northern Santa Fe branch line that parallels multilane U.S. 60 with crossings at or near four intersections with multiple major streets.

Little says he wants to know what commission-ordered improvements at several of those crossings haven’t been made yet.

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  1. A Phoenix Business Journal article said these five dangerous intersections gave us a safety rating as the worst in the country. How did we get that far … I suspect 40 years of “Anti-Government” talk has seriously eroded our ability to discuss let alone implement essential & effective government oversight for sections of the economy that we all depend upon.

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