A Danbury company was visited by Senator Richard Blumenthal Wednesday. Blumenthal took a tour of Sperry Rail Service on Shelter Rock Road to highlight new increases in funding for rail safety technology that will support the work of companies like Sperry. He also held a town hall with employees.
Sperry Rail Service was founded in 1928.
The company produces the first non-destructive method of detecting flaws in rail. Blumenthal says the technology reduces potentially catastrophic derailments through improved inspection practices. He says their product could have helped to prevent the Bridgeport derailment in 2013, which injured more than 70 people.
Blumenthal says he looks forward to continuing to work with the company to ensure more robust rail safety measures and improved technology.
Blumenthal--a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation--praised Congress for passing the FAST Act last month. It's a long-term surface transportation bill that he says provides funding certainty and increases investments in infrastructure. The funding includes $3.5 billion for Connecticut’s roads and rails, along with safety reforms and new initiatives to rebuild aging rail throughout New England and the Northeast region.