LA CROSSE – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) sent a letter to Governor Walker calling on him to implement the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) State Rail Safety Participation Program in Wisconsin.
States that participate in this program receive an increased number of rail safety inspections, which play a critical role in ensuring the safety of the railroad system in their states.
“With increasing rail traffic along the Mississippi and through communities across Wisconsin we need to take every available action to make sure communities are safe from train derailments,” said Congressman Kind. “I call on Governor Walker to follow the actions of our neighbors in Minnesota and implement the State Rail Safety Participation Program in Wisconsin. By joining this program, we can take preventative measures to avoid catastrophic rail accidents and ensure the health and safety of our communities.”
In 2015, state rail inspectors discovered over 50,000 safety deficiencies that FRA inspectors failed to find.
Over 31 States currently participate in the State Rail Safety Participation Program and receive a number of benefits. States in the program hire rail inspectors in addition to FRA inspectors and receive increased rail safety inspections.