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Maloney Statement on Amtrak Derailment South of Philadelphia

Apr 3, 2016
Press Release

Newburgh, NY -  Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after an Amtrak train derailed south of Philadelphia, on April 3rd.

I’m saddened to hear of yet another tragic train derailment, which has taken the lives of more innocent people. Too many times our thoughts and prayers have gone out to victims of tragic train accidents in Valhalla and Philadelphia, from North Carolina to California, and now once again just south of Philadelphia.

While the investigation into what happened is just beginning, we can’t forget that there are real steps we can take now to make our trains safer and stop many preventable accidents from happening. Nearly one year ago, just miles from this Amtrak crash, 8 innocent people were killed because the train they were riding lacked basic technology that could have saved their lives – the longer we fail to prioritize investing in rail safety technology, the more innocent lives we put in jeopardy. 

Rep. Maloney is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has been a leader on rail safety and investing in positive train control (PTC), a simple Wi-Fi and GPS technology that can stop or slow trains remotely.

In December 2015, Rep. Maloney’s Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act of 2015 was signed into law, which requires passenger railroads and freight lines on which passenger rail travels to identify high-hazard curves, like those involved in the Spuyten Duyvil and Philadelphia train derailments, and take actions to enhance safety through modification of existing ATC or other signal systems, increasing crew size, installing signage at those locations, installing of alerters in cabs, and increasing crew communication. In March 2015, the House also passed Rep. Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which would make all positive train control installations "priority projects" as part of the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program that currently provides loans and loan guarantees to railroads.