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Rail experts look at oil, ethanol
The public-safety benefit from routing trains hauling crude oil or ethanol to avoid heavily populated areas could be offset by the higher risk of derailments on lesser-used tracks, a panelist at a National Transportation Safety Board rail safety forum said Tuesday. Higher-density railroad lines have lower derailment rates, and “traffic density tends to go to populated areas,” Christopher Barkan, executive director of the railroad engineering program at the University of Illinois.
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