State Railroad Bridges Not Getting Inspected As Volatile Fracked Oil Shipments Set To Increase Dramatically
As rail shipments of crude oil into California are expected to rise exponentially, the state has not tasked anyone with inspecting thousands of railroad bridges across the state that will carry the tankers, even as derailments and explosions are on the rise in other parts of the county.
A BART train derailed near the North Concord station Thursday night, according to a witness.
A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail train partially derailed in San Jose Monday morning, a transit spokeswoman said.
A light rail vehicle derailed early Thursday as it pulled out of the Children’s Discovery Museum station during its last run of the day, officials from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority said.
The investigation into what caused two train cars to derail outside the Concord station on Sunday morning is expected to take weeks or even months, a BART spokesman said Monday.
San Francisco Municipal Railway’s Muni Metro service operated “very slow and very crowded” on Friday afternoon due to the morning derailment of a light rail vehicle near the Castro Street station.