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Safety and reliability issues plaguing railroads across Wisconsin

(Source: Wisconsin State Journal, March 24, 2014)

MADISON, Wisc. -- Business is booming for railroads handling Wisconsinís shipping needs, but complaints are emerging that include serious safety and reliability issues because of rail congestion and labor issues as well as the frigid conditions of this past winter, a state official said.

Trains have been stopped while crossing important roads used by emergency vehicles and school buses at sites around the state because their crews are required by federal law to stop working after 8- or 12-hour shifts and the railroads donít have the manpower to replace all of them, state railroad commissioner Jeff Plale said.

Full story: Wisconsin State Journal

Monday, March 24, 2014

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