Senators Introduce Rail Safety Bill After Ohio Derailment

  • A bipartisan group of senators will introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at preventing rail disasters after the devastating derailment in East Palestine last month.
  • The Railway Safety Act of 2023 would create more stringent safety requirements for trains carrying hazardous materials and increase the frequency of rail car inspections. It would also require trained, two-person crews to work aboard every train carrying hazardous materials and levy heightened fines for rail carriers’ wrongdoing.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday on the Senate floor that he would do “whatever I can” to pass the bill.