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UT Center for Transportation Research director David Clarke was recently a guest on National Public Radio’s long-running show ‘All Things Considered’ during a segment detailing calls for railroads to do more to prevent civilian deaths.

David Clarke
David Clarke

Clarke, who is also a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is somewhat of an expert in rail transportation and was called on to provide insight about why some steps might be harder to take than others.

In discussing the more than 180,000 miles of track in the U.S., Clarke pointed out that “it’s a daunting a task to fence, you know, every mile of track off.”

He went on to discuss how the railroad industry is concerned that public or governmental pressure will eventually force them into doing precisely that.

A transcript of the complete interview can be seen at NPR’s website.