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House bill delays rail safety mandate

House bill would delay rail safety improvements required after Chatsworth train crash By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The House plans to take up transportation legislation next week that would delay safety improvements Congress established after a deadly 2008 train collision near Chatsworth, Calif.

After the crash, lawmakers required rail operators transporting passengers or toxic materials to install equipment by the end of 2015 that would automatically stop a train that is in danger of an accident.

Federal investigators cited the lack of such a safety system, referred to as positive train control, as a contributing factor in the Chatsworth crash that killed 25 people.

But a House bill that dictates the nation's future transportation agenda pushes back the deadline five years. Rail industry officials say more time is needed to deal with the complexity and costs associated with installing the equipment.

California's senators oppose the delay.

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