Is Train Travel Safe in the United States?


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Despite the fact that railway accidents are often serious, train travel in the United States is safe when compared to other methods of transportation including automobiles and planes. Most of the deaths attributed to railway transit are not passenger fatalities.

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Is Train Travel Safe in the United States?
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Between 2000 and 2009, out of the roughly 42,000 American citizens who died in transit-related incidents, railways were only responsible for 759, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Out of these deaths, nearly 500 were pedestrians and passengers of cars stopped on railroad tracks.

By 2015, all lines that serve passenger trains must implement positive train control. Positive train control is a relatively new technology that helps prevent railway accidents by automatically slowing or stopping a train, according to the Association of American Railroads.

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