Trains do not always run on time. Passengers get frustrated about this because it makes them late for work. Business owners do not like it either, as late workers affect their productivity.
Amtrak must meet specific performance targets. It needs to get its passenger to their destinations on time most of the time. When it fails, it often blames the freight trains for taking up track time or track space.
Senators are considering new legislation to tackle this problem. The Rail Passenger Fairness Act would allow Amtrak to sue rail track owners who do not give passenger trains sufficient priority over freight trains.
The push for performance goals can be dangerous for rail workers
Making trains run on time is a good thing. Yet, it might not be so good if you work on the railroad. Overemphasis on meeting performance targets can have dangerous consequences. Companies and management may pressure employees with disastrous consequences.
Not everything in life adheres to a strict schedule. Maintenance work may take longer than you think. Hurrying to get things done could lead to people missing things or cutting corners. Train drivers might leave a station late because the platform was more crowded than usual. They may feel pushed to make up speed to make their destination on time. That could cause a crash.
There’s always a risk of injury when a railway is involved
When you work on the railroads, the types of injury you could suffer can be severe. They are the kind that could have a lifelong effect on your ability to work. Instead of you supporting your family, a railroad injury could leave you needing others to help you. Claiming compensation requires particular knowledge of the laws related to railroad workers.