U.S. senators from Maine and Rhode Island say the federal government is providing nearly $2 million to improve safety practices on short-line railroads.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jack Reed of Rhode Island say the Federal Railroad Administration is providing the Short Line Safety Institute with $1.9 million. The senators say the institute seeks to help short-line railroads assess and improve safety operations.

The senators say the country has 550 short-line railroad companies that operate more than 50,000 miles of track. They constitute almost two-fifths of the nation’s railroad network.

The Short Line Safety Institute was established last year as a partnership between Congress, the federal government and the short-line rail industry.

Collins is a Republican and Reed is a Democrat.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.