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Rodney Davis: Amtrak Had Money to Install Safety Technology

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 03:42 PM

Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis tells Newsmax that Amtrak had the money to install safety technology that may have helped prevent the train derailment in Philadelphia in May.

"The Democrats just want to blame everything on not having enough money," Davis told Miranda Khan and John Bachman on "Newsmax Now" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

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"In this case, clearly Amtrak had the money to be able to install the PTC [positive train control] technology on tracks, and also they had the ability to install less costly technology that could've easily prevented tragedies like this from happening," Davis explained.

Davis told Newsmax that this was revealed in "a 2012 inspector general report that Amtrak themselves did not even ask for funding to implement PTC, Positive Train Control, in their fiscal year of 2012-2017 budget request."

"They didn't even ask for money to put this technology in place," he said. "The reason they didn't do so, according to the IG report, was to be able to negotiate better with the private railroads to have them help fund that technology."

"That's playing politics with safety, and that's playing politics with governing, and it's wrong," Davis added.

The Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed on May 12 in Philadelphia, leaving eight dead and more than 200 injured. The train was traveling 100 mph when it was only supposed to be going 50 mph on the curve it was on.

While some have cited a lack of funds for Amtrak to maintain its infrastructure, the Washington Free Beacon reports Amtrak received $1.3 billion from the federal stimulus package passed in 2009, which included $850 million that was supposed to go toward infrastructure. This funding was in addition to its $1.4 billion budget for 2009.

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