Barger Brings Train Derailment Preparedness and Response Readiness Focus to L.A. County
In light of the recent significant train derailments in Eastern Ohio and yesterday in Michigan, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will introduce a motion at the next Board of Supervisors meeting calling on Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management to assess and report on the County’s level of preparedness and general disaster response readiness in the event that a similar situation were to take place in Los Angeles County.
“Freight rail plays a critical role in the delivery of goods and commodities in our region and beyond, since Los Angeles County is home to the largest port in North America,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Our County has one of the seven Class I Rail Corridors in the nation. The Corridors are shared by commuter, intercity, and freight rail operators and are located near populated areas and residential communities, so it is important for our Board to understand how the County can and would respond to potential derailments and disasters.”
Details about the motion will be released shortly. The next L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.