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Schumer: Need more federal RR bridge inspectors

Apr 10, 2015 6:35 am
Kyle Hughes is reporting for NYSNYS News Sen. Charles Schumer said Thu., Apr. 9, there is an urgent need for more federal railroad bridge inspectors. He said the combination of old infrastructure and oil trains is an accident waiting to happen. Schumer said there are 3,000 rail bridges in New York, most of them privately owned, and only one federal inspector assigned to monitor them for safety purposes. That inspector is also responsible for overseeing rail bridges in 13 other states. Schumer said the increased rail traffic carrying crude oil from states like North Dakota are causing wear and tear on New York's infrastructure. He said, “So far we’ve been lucky … [but] it’s very likely many of the bridges are deteriorating and some of them may be deteriorating fast.” In addition to oil, other dangerous substances are shipped by rail, including liquefied natural gas and ethanol. Schumer said that adding $1 million to the Federal Railroad Administration budget would double the number of available inspectors. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.