Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?
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.
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.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.