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Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 8:14 p.m. MDT

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My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Its about time they admitted there is a serious problem with Utah's rail and safety record as I have been harping on this issue for the last 5 years to the federal rail safety. But it turns out that the federal government laws and regulations and jurisdiction does not apply to city rail service, and UTA/TRAX knew this and used this loophole in rail laws to ignore vehicle and pedestrian safety standards.

Now that the loophole has been recognized and admitted, its time for some state legislation and oversight of passenger rail service for safety, inspection, accident investigation, and compliance in and between cities in the state. We have to have these services as a state controlled oversight so some CEO down the road can't decide to remove or change their minds about rail safety.

Why should TRAX/UTA be allowed to investigate itself in all these rail accidents? Its like putting the fox in the hen house then blame the chickens for letting the fox kill them. So we do need an independent state rail safety laws and statutes as the UTA and SLC expand across many county and city boundaries.

101Ways
Taylorsville, UT

The overpasses are overkill and very costly for the taxpayers to foot the bill when there is a much simpler repair available to them. All they have to do is put horns, whistles, flashing warning lights on the trains. It would be much cheaper for horns on 20 engines than multimillion dollar overpasses that will not serve the impaired and handicapped or vehicle victims. This is another bandaid fix by SLC and UTA.

UTA and many city officials have endangered citizens by joint compromise in an effort to minimize noise from trains and UTA took this opportunity to include horns, whistles, minimal insufficient braking and warning lights on trains. The joint noise venture calls these agreements as quite zones that offers anyone nearing a rail line no warning.

Vehicles are required to have lights, horns, and braking as warning devices to warn pedestrians and bikers and impaired and handicapped of the cars presence. A change and oversight in rail laws should also designate train and vehicle compatible regulations. The DMV is not equipped with rail experts and rail operating standards so an independent rail agency should be created in Utah.

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