Lower Speed Limits Part of Safety Proposal for Oil Trains

April 17, 2015 7:44 PM

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Lower Speed Limits Part of Safety Proposal for Oil Trains

Trains carrying crude oil will be restricted to a 40 mph speed limit in populated areas such as New York under an order by the U.S. Department of Transportation in response to a series of derailments.

Railroads voluntarily agreed to that speed limit in so-called High Threat Urban Areas, a designation that covers more than three dozen cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington.

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