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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.

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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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