Federal Officials to Require Reflective Stripes on Rail Cars

JANUARY 5, 2005 - Posted at 3:35 p.m. CST

OMAHA, NE - Federal officials are requiring yellow or white reflective stripes on the sides of all locomotives and freight railcars to make them easier for motorists to come.

Railroad companies will have to comply with the new order starting March 4 and maintain the reflectors on locomotives over the next five years and on freight cars over the next ten years.

The industry estimates it could spend more than $90 million to comply.  Only about 20 percent of about 1.3 million railcars around the country already have reflectors.

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