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11/10/2005



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NTSB to release latest wish list on transportation safety improvements


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On Nov. 15, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., to review its list of “most wanted” safety improvements. The board established the list in 1990 to focus attention on technology and procedures that could improve transportation safety.

This year, the board’s list will address positive train control and operator fatigue, as well as child restraint systems on airliners, and truck and bus safety. Positive train-control systems would prevent train collisions and speed-related accidents by automatically controlling trains and overriding operator errors, NTSB members believe.

Last year, the board recommended the rail industry improve locomotive recorder survivability to protect data from accident-related fires and impact forces, and the intermodal industry regulate hours of service to provide employees predictable work and rest schedules.


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