NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt views damaged rail cars on scene of BNSF train accident in Casselton, N.D.. (courtesy NTSB/Twitter)
NEW YORK -- Two U.S. senators say a federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule regarding the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents.
Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they have been informed by the Federal Railroad Administration that it will begin the process of establishing the rule sometime this year.
It would cover cameras installed in train cabs to record behavior by drivers and outward-facing cameras that scan the tracks.
The two senators have been urging the railroad administration to act following a deadly commuter train derailment in New York City.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been calling on the agency for several years to increase the use of safety cameras.