Despite faster and more convenient modes of transportation, traveling by train has continued to be popular. While some choose the speed of flying or the control of driving, others enjoy the tradition and adventure of seeing the country by rail. And others simply feel safer on the ground than in the air, letting another do the “driving”. Unfortunately, a recent tragedy proves that train travel is not without risks.
When people discuss safety on public transportation, the conversation tends to focus on protecting ourselves from crime. We are advised to be aware of suspicious characters, to secure your belongings against theft, to report abandoned packages, etc. However, what about our safety from the vehicle itself? When we ride public transport, we trust that the operators of these vehicles have our best interests at heart. We have faith in the professionalism of not only the company that runs the vehicle and its operators, but also the city, state and national government entities devoted to the oversight of our safety. And yet, preventable accidents continue to occur.