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Other Views: Job No. 1: Train safety in cities, towns

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Here’s the problem: While the volume of oil being shipped by rail has skyrocketed, America’s fleet of tank cars date from an earlier era, and many don’t meet the newest safety standards.

Stronger and safer cars are being brought on line. But that takes time — and so far, only about 15 percent of the nation’s tank cars have been replaced, Herald staff writer John Hageman reported.

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