Fuel rail, a rail line used to transport fuel from fields to factories, is being upgraded to be safer and more reliable, officials said Friday.
The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration is also looking to boost safety standards for rail lines and to improve train speed, they said.
The changes will add fuel rail stations to the nation’s rail network.
They will be built on the rail lines along the East Coast, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Miami, according to the Railroad Safety Commission.
The safety improvements are needed because the nation has more than 40 million passenger rail trips a day, with more than 2 million cars in each train, according the commission.
More:Federal regulators are proposing to boost fuel rail safety standards and speed, improve train speeds and reduce the frequency of crashes, according a report by the commission’s transportation safety experts.
The changes include:1.
Making fuel rail safer.
The rail agency wants to improve the reliability of fuel rail by adding more tracks to the tracks and increasing safety standards.2.
Improving train speeds.
The commission’s experts say the new rail lines should have more speed and be able to handle higher speeds.3.
Increasing safety standards, improving train speed and reducing crashes.
The commission said the changes should include improving train speeds, which it estimates to be about 10% to 15% faster than current trains.
The agency is also seeking to increase the frequency and safety of crashes.