Bush signs rail safety bill The Associated Press Article Launched: 10/16/2008 12:32:25 PM PDT
WASHINGTON—President Bush has signed a sweeping railroad safety bill, enacting measures that could have prevented the Sept. 12 collision between a commuter train and a freight train that killed 25 people in Los Angeles. Bush signed the legislation Thursday without fanfare. The bill sped through the House and Senate last month after the Los Angeles crash drew new attention to safety gaps.
The law will require more rest for workers and technology that can stop a train in its tracks if it's headed for collision. Such technology would have prevented the Los Angeles crash, federal officials have said.
The bill also reauthorizes Amtrak for five years and gives the carrier $13 billion.