Senators say agency developing train camera rule

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NEW YORK — A federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule that might require the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents or unsafe behavior, according to two US senators who have pushed for the change.

Senator Charles Schumer, of New York, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, said Sunday that the Federal Railroad Administration plans to begin the process of establishing the rule sometime this year. The regulation would cover cameras installed in train cabs to record drivers as well as cameras that scan tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the Railroad Administration to boost the use of safety cameras since a train collision in California in 2008 killed 25 people.

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