Mike Hicks leaves the Fresno Amtrak station, glad his first train ride went smoothly. The images of a deadly train accident in
“I seen it, then I had to get on this one and I'm like, ‘Oh my.’ I just prayed to God it didn't happen to me,” said Mike Hicks, a train passenger.
According to Amtrak, the central valley is the fifth busiest rail region in the entire country. The Chief of Government Affairs says it's keeping an eye on the situation in
“We'll work with the safety agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration, and others, to ensure if there's anything to be learned from
The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority met in
“Our goal with the
Passengers like Hicks want fewer stops and faster trips, as long as the commute remains safe. Amtrak says passenger train travel is still the safest mode of transportation in the world.
“I'm comfortable with it. That was just an accident that happened. You can't predict accidents,” said Hicks.
At the meeting on Friday, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission was selected to be the operational manager.