Transport and logistics are at the heart of what makes our country tick.
In the coming days, I’m calling on the US government to put the brakes on this dangerous new trend, and offer Americans an honest accounting of what’s at stake.
The problem is that the government has a moral obligation to tell the truth.
I’m asking the Department of Transportation to come clean on what it knows about the deadly and dangerous trains, trucks and buses that are wreaking havoc on our communities.
The government’s silence on these disasters could spell disaster for our economy and for Americans who depend on them.
But more importantly, it’s putting the public at risk.
The truth is that we can’t afford to be so careless.
The Transportation Department should immediately release the full number of the nearly 300,000 rail, truck and bus accidents it has recorded since it began publishing its report in January 2016.
The agency should also release its final safety report, which would include detailed data on how the Department is handling these tragedies.
The Department’s report on the 2015 deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia has already been delayed by more than a year, and the agency hasn’t released any of its preliminary data on the 2016 Amtrak crash, which killed more than 300 people and injured nearly 3,000 more.
The next time a fatal train wreck is confirmed, the government should release a detailed report on what went wrong and how it can improve safety.
We can’t have a society in which we continue to rely on dangerous technologies to transport our people and goods.
But we can learn from our past mistakes and begin to change the system.
I’ve called on Congress to pass legislation that would require the government to publish the full data on accidents it’s involved in, and for the Department to release its latest safety report within a year.
This would be an important step in ensuring that all Americans can have access to accurate and accurate information about the safety of our rail, trucks, buses and rail infrastructure.
It would also give American businesses time to make changes to ensure that they can safely handle the additional costs of accidents.
The federal government must provide Americans with the truth about how dangerous our rail and truck infrastructure is.
This is not a political issue.
It’s a public safety issue.
As the Department’s inspector general concluded in a March 2017 report, there are clear indications that train and truck accidents are an increasing problem, and we need to fix it.
Our infrastructure needs to be safe and secure, and this is why it’s vital that the Department release its full data, including any preliminary data, on these deadly accidents.
In short, the Department should release its preliminary safety report so that Americans can make up their own minds about whether or not it’s safe for them to rely upon these dangerous technologies.
And the public should be able to make up its own minds.
If we can provide Americans the truth, the federal government can work with states, local governments, the private sector and the private enterprise sector to find ways to safely operate our railroads, trucks or buses.
The public deserves to know exactly what’s going on, and how dangerous these technologies are, so they can make informed choices about whether they want to buy or lease a car, ride a bus or use the railroad or truck that has lost or damaged its brakes.
We must do this without fear that some state or local government will make a false claim that its officials are responsible for a tragedy because of their political affiliation.
It must be possible to share data and make it publicly available, so the public can make the decision they want about whether to buy a car or bus.
As President Donald Trump put it during a recent trip to South Africa, “You have a chance to be an American, and you can be an African, and it’s the American way.”
Let’s take back our public transportation.
We need to be more transparent about our safety record and how we handle these dangerous technology risks.