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Houston Metro struggles with safety

Dec. 27, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.


HOUSTON (AP) — Collisions remain a constant along the Metro's light rail track despite a monthslong effort to improve rail safety in the Houston area.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority logged November as its second-worst month for train crashes in more than a year, with 15 crashes along the light rail. Transit officials plan to improve police traffic enforcement to keep car and truck drivers from turning into the train.

"Sixty percent of our accidents are illegal left turns along the rail corridor," said Tom Lambert, Metro CEO.

Some drivers said Metro should turn its efforts internally instead of policing drivers.

"Why don't they ticket their own drivers for blocking intersections or not blowing the horn?" said Salvadore Martin, who drives downtown daily.

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