By Christine Stuart
HARTFORD, Conn. – U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the testimony he heard Thursday from rail regulators like the Federal Railroad Administration and the NTSB was both “revealing and dramatic.”
On Thursday, Blumenthal chaired the first meeting of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation to examine the current state of safety on the nation’s passenger and freight rail networks.
What did he learn?
He said like the financial services industry before 2008 at some point the railroads “captured” the regulators.
“Federal watchdogs have basically been asleep at the switch,” Blumenthal said Friday during a press conference at the Legislative Office Building. “They have been laggard in holding accountable railroads like Metro North.”
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