City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 03/21/2023  
From: Shawn Johnson, Chief of Staff

Consideration and Approval of Ratification: Letter of Support for the National League of Cities to encourage Congress to improve rail safety in the U.S.
Approve ratification of letter of support.
Executive Summary:
Railroads are part of America’s communities, and that is why the City of Flagstaff and the National League of Cities supports action by Congress to improve rail safety in the U.S.

The unfortunate derailment and environmental contamination in East Palestine, Ohio is not unprecedented. There are more than 1,000 trains derailing each year in multiple states. With 140,000 miles of track in the U.S. crossing directly through thousands of cities, towns and villages, the severity of this derailment requires proactive reflection on rail safety actions that Congress can take now. Here are detailed rail safety recommendations from the National League of Cities to Congress -
Financial Impact:
Policy Impact:
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Safe & Healthy Community, Sustainable, Innovative Infrastructure, Livable Community, and Environmental Stewardship.
Previous Council Decision on This:
Letter of Support


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