There's a new entry on the National Transportation Safety Board's "Most Wanted List" of transportation safety improvements. It's "Improve Transit Railcar Design," and it gets a "yellow" designation, which means "Acceptable Response, Progressing Slowly."
In releasing the 2010 list Thursday, NTSB noted that the new rail entry comes "on the heels of several serious transit rail accidents around the country--notably the June 22, 2009, collision on Washington, D.C.'s system that killed 9 persons."
"A railcar's ability to withstand the dynamic forces of an accident is essential to protecting the vehicle's occupants," said the safety board. "In accident investigations in recent years, the board has noted telescoping of transit cars that have destroyed or greatly compromised survivable space. Two recommendations are added to the list aimed at improving transit railcar design."