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January 13, 2010 | By Rich Connell
An apparently unprecedented, super freight train extending about 3 1/2 miles rolled through Southern California over the weekend, catching state regulators off guard and prompting concerns about potential safety risks and traffic delays, The Times has learned. Union Pacific said that the train was used to test equipment and find ways to improve operating efficiency, but that the company had no plans to run such trains regularly. Some officials worry that the train may be a harbinger of things to come in a crowded region where passenger and freight trains already share tracks that cross hundreds of intersections bustling with cars and trucks.
April 23, 2000
Your March 17 article, "Train Carrying Chemicals Derails in Anaheim; Day-Care Evacuated," highlights what could have been a chemical disaster. Unfortunately, hazardous-material spills these days are not unusual. In the United States, there continues to be a train accident every 90 minutes. Every two weeks, on average, a train carrying hazardous materials runs off the track and spills its load, often forcing local evacuations. Once and for all, it's time for the railroad industry, which posts billions of dollars in profits, to step up and take responsibility for the safety of its own operations.
May 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
The chairwoman of the Interstate Commerce Commission resigned in tears today, saying "the White House and I have concluded it was not in our interest to fight the Senate Commerce Committee." Heather J. Gradison, a member of the commission since 1982 and its chairwoman since December, 1985, offered no further explanation at a meeting attended by about 100 commission employees. They applauded when she finished her brief statement. Her five-year term was up last December, but she had remained on the job. An Interstate Commerce Commission source who declined to be identified said Democratic Sens.
February 6, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked for a legal opinion on its latitude in supporting an effort by a longshoremen's union to retain 350 jobs in the South Bay. The dispute centers on plans by Southern Pacific Transportation Co., the railroad company, to end its contract Feb. 17 with a company that uses workers from the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union, Local 13, to load shipping containers onto trucks and trains.
May 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush today vetoed a bill authorizing funds for Amtrak, the nation's rail passenger service, protesting a provision to bring railroad acquisitions under new government scrutiny. Bush said the provision "represents a step backward for the entire rail industry." It was Bush's first veto of 1990. He vetoed 10 measures last year and has yet to have one overturned.
July 31, 1985 | United Press International
The federal government, after 12 years of debate, today announced safety regulations for the railroad industry that will prohibit employees from reporting to work drunk or on drugs. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole said the new rules, effective Nov. 1, "will protect the public and railroad employees from the consequences of on-the-job drug and alcohol use."
May 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Thursday vetoed a bill authorizing $2 billion in spending by Amtrak, complaining that the bill's expansion of federal regulation over railroad acquisitions "represents a step backward for the entire rail industry." Bush took issue with a provision that would require the Interstate Commerce Commission to approve the acquisition of railroads by non-railroad companies.
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