[리서치페이퍼=Althusser Wright 기자] Susan Feinberg, who has sought to improve railroad safety measures since being appointed Federal Railroad Administrator by President Obama in 2015, cites technology as critical to railroad safety as her appointment expires.
Feinberg’s tenure ends upon Donald Trump’s inauguration; the new President will appoint his own administrator.As her term comes to an end, Feinberg is speaking out on the critical importance of technology in saving lives.
She had been on the job for just three weeks, she remembers when a New York commuter train crashed into a car that had stopped on the tracks.Six people died in that collision, highlighting the fact that wherever roads and tracks meet, there is a potential for danger.
Railroad crossings already have signs, gates, lights, and bells, but modern technology could do more to make them safer.Feinberg has championed such technology.She has also fought to get automatic speed controls installed in trains.Those controls might have prevented the death of eight people in Philadelphia when an Amtrak train derailed there early in her tenure.
The railroad industry convinced Congress to delay the mandate for speed controls until the end of 2018.Feinberg responded by posting quarterly updates on each rail operator’s progress in an effort to shame the railroads into saving lives by installing the controls sooner.
Feinberg notes that some railway crossings are now integrated with GPS devices and mapping apps on smartphones, which is a step toward making them safer.Drivers now receive warnings as they approach crossings.
Steps like this may seem small, but Feinberg says technology can help even small steps save lives.