White House to push for federal oversight of commuter rail

A proposal that would allow the federal government to regulate the safety of U.S. subway and light-rail systems would establish an advisory committee, give the federal government the power to bring lawsuits and require existing oversight bodies to gain federal approval, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The bill would give the oversight bodies "teeth to compel the attention of transit agencies they oversee," said Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff. Separately, Japanese rail experts are urging high-speed rail developers in the U.S. to install anti-derailing guard rails to protect passengers during earthquakes.

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