Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

15:02 minutes

In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install “positive train control” collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how “positive train control” might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.

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Christopher Barkan

Christopher Barkan is a professor, George Krambles Faculty Fellow, and executive director of the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.