05/15/2015 01:31 pm ET Updated May 15, 2015

Amtrak's Failure To Gain Wireless Spectrum Rights Stymied Safety Technology


In the public eye, the disaster on the rails this week in Philadelphia was not only tragic but also shocking. As a crowded Amtrak train approached a bend in the track on Tuesday night, it was barrelling along at more than 100 miles an hour -- twice the mandated speed for that section. The resulting derailment killed eight people, highlighting grave deficiencies in Amtrak’s safety system.

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