Tim Murray, Lieutenant Governor
"At the end of the day, we all want the same things. We want to see our freight and passenger rail systems thrive and grow. To do so, however, will require the parties to come together and work in a spirit of true partnership."
Those words from Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) follow news that a federal Government Accountability Office report found no national standard about liability in case of a rail accident.
The Commonwealth last fall announced a comprehensive multi-year rail transportation agreement with CSX Corporation to purchase CSX track in several key corridors including Framingham-Worcester to increase options for commuters and lay the groundwork for improving the flow of product shipments.
General agreement was reached on all major elements except liability- who should be responsible for damages if there is an accident involving freight and passenger trains. The state seeks to ensure there is a fault-based liability arrangement to protect taxpayers, with each party responsible for damages if it is at fault.
Read the complete comments by Lieutenant Governor Murray and U.S. Representative McGovern.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette story is here.
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