The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Dec. 14 that 2023 will mark the end of its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the focus of the agency’s safety advocacy for nearly 35 years.
“The Most Wanted List has served the NTSB well as an advocacy tool, especially in the days before social media, but our advocacy efforts must advance,’’ said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy. “Freed from the structure of a formal list, the NTSB can more nimbly advocate for our recommendations and emerging safety issues.”
Since the creation of the list in 1990, NTSB has improved safety in various issues areas, including regulations requiring the full implementation of PTC (Positive Train Control) of all railroads (and subsequent 100% implementation.)
Additional areas of safety improvements include the shipment of hazardous materials, rail tank car safety, fuel tank safety, occupant protection, recreational boating, human fatigue, runway safety, and alcohol and drug impairment, as well as pipeline leak detection and mitigation