Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is taking steps ensure that commuter rail engineers with poor personal driving records aren’t putting passengers’ safety at risk.
The Boston Globe reports the Republican governor notified the Federal Railroad Administration this week that commuter rail officials will now be able access to Registry of Motor Vehicle records in real time and receive alerts when one of their engineers gets a driving violation.
Keolis, the private company that operates the state’s commuter rail system, is also increasing oversight on engineering crews and improving their vetting and testing of train drivers.
The response comes after the Globe reported that more than half of the system’s engineers had poor driving records that included multiple speeding tickets, license suspensions and accidents.
Information from: The Boston Globe
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