Arizona commission takes steps to improve railroad safety

Posted at 6:01 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 09:01:00-04

State regulators say they're taking steps aimed at improving railroad safety.

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add two additional railroad inspector positions to its current six, and the commission is also taking a closer look at crossing safety.

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Commission Chairman Doug Little opened a docket on crossing safety after a Federal Railroad Administration recently identified five railroad crossings in the Phoenix area as among the 15 most dangerous in the country.

The five in Phoenix and Glendale are along a Burlington Northern Santa Fe branch line that parallels multilane U.S. 60 with crossings at or near four intersections with multiple major streets.

Little says he wants to know what commission-ordered improvements at several of those crossings haven't been made yet.

The new inspectors will check track and crossings.