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NTSB Updates Annual "Wish" List of Safety Recommendations

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From the Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES—The National Transportation Safety Board has removed worker fatigue and the use of positive train control from its annual "most wanted" list of safety recommendations to federal agencies.

Tuesday’s decision comes after Congress, responding to last month’s deadly train crash in Los Angeles, passed a railroad safety bill that was signed into law by President Bush. The law will require more rest for workers and the installation of positive train control technology that can stop a train in its tracks if it’s headed for a collision.

For nearly two decades, NTSB officials pushed for widespread use of this technology. Federal officials have said it would have prevented the Sept.12 crash that killed 25 people.

Board Chairman Mark Rosenker says he believes the new law will save many lives.