ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – On the same day as the passenger train crash in Washington State, Amtrak announced a big upgrade to the St. Louis to Chicago route. Speeds of up to 90 miles per hour should begin next summer on that line. The Washington State train was on its first day of increased speeds.
So KMOX News called up CBS transportation safety expert and former head of the NTSB Mark Rosenker and asked if there should be pause before getting on the Lincoln Service
“We’re talking about, when you think in terms of daily operation of freight trains and passenger trains, it is a safe mode of transportation,” he says.
Amtraks says the St. Louis to Chicago route does have a technology called ‘Positive Train Control,” which the train that derailed didn’t have.