North Dakota rail safety program finds nearly 2,700 defects

February 8, 2018 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission says state rail safety inspectors found nearly 2,700 defects to tracks and equipment last year.

The panel says the defects resulted in 49 violations, which can include fines, reduced speeds or equipment taken out of service.

The North Dakota Legislature in 2015 established the state-run rail safety pilot program that includes two rail safety inspectors to supplement inspections by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The program is funded by a tax that railroads pay on diesel.