For some, writing is best tackled in solitude. For others, linguistic discoveries are best made with a little ambient noise in the background. Today, Amtrak named 24 writers who will get free access to the sounds of human chatter and the whir of landscapes rushing past as the background to a short-term residency. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
The amount of oil being moved around the United States by rail has quadrupled since 2005. A string of explosive train derailments in the U.S. and Canada have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to work with other agencies on improving the safety of the rail shipments. Judy Woodruff talks to Deborah Hersman, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board. Continue reading
Holiday travelers braved a mix of rain, sleet, snow and wind on one of the busiest travel days of the year Wednesday. As drivers faced dangerous road conditions, some who opted to fly to their Thanksgiving destinations were forced to deal with delays and cancellations at airports. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
Hari Sreenivasan talks to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Nancy Wood, who offers an update on the new criminal investigation into the train derailment and explosion, backlash inside the town of Lac-Megantic against the rail company CEO and whether the recent accident is likely to affect oil transportation in Canada. Continue reading
Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to build bullet trains. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on whether a massive and costly high-speed rail project, now underway in a state flooded with budget cuts, will ever be completed or worth its cost. Continue reading