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Railway Safety Advocates Raise Concerns Over Proposed Legislation

April 4, 2017 | KSTP | Railway safety advocates are worried private companies could avoid adequate liability under identical bills state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to pass.

The bills give the Metropolitan Council and counties the ability to contract with railroads “for the joint or shared use of the council’s or county’s right-of-way,” according to House File 2229.

But the bill also allows municipal liability limits be imposed on freight rail operations, meaning private companies could pay only up to $3 million at the most in liability in the event of a disaster.

And that concerns Claire Ruebeck, who lives near one of the railroad corridors in Minneapolis.

[Read the entire article here.]

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