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Senators expect rule on rail cameras

NEW YORK — A federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule that might require the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents or unsafe behavior, according to two US senators who have pushed for the change.

Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Sunday they have received a letter from Federal Railroad Administration officials saying they plan to begin the process of establishing the rule this year.

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The regulation would cover cameras installed in train cabs to record drivers as well as outward-facing cameras that scan the tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the Railroad Administration to boost the use of safety cameras since a train collision in California in 2008 killed 25 people.

Schumer and Blumenthal publicly urged the Railroad Administration to act faster last month, following a deadly commuter train derailment in New York City.

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