In late September, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into a Hoboken station. The crash killed one person and injured more than 100 others. Less than two weeks later, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed east of New York City and injured dozens of passengers. These incidents are at the front of people’s minds, but they are hardly the only examples of recent transportation tragedies. The sobering reality is that there are thousands of accidents every year across the country that injure — and sometimes kill — people. American transportation infrastructure is largely outdated in terms of age and attitude. Many systems desperately need updates and repairs, while others suffer because of antiquated notions regarding technology’s role in transportation.
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