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Written by on March 13, 2023

By: Gabriella Raful 

Hoping to avoid future train disasters like Norfolk Southern’s derailment in East Palestine, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers has introduced the Railway Safety Act of 2023. They say it would create more safety requirements for trains carrying hazardous materials, including a “permanent requirement for railroads to operate with at least two-person crews” and increase the frequency of rail car inspections. The new legislation is a step in the right direction, says Nick Messenger with the Ohio River Valley Institute, but enforcement is key because some railroad regulations from past decades have still not been fully implemented. As Nick Messenger, senior research fellow at the Ohio River Valley Institute, comments,“The biggest thing that I think it does is it applies to a class of trains that are not currently classified as hazardous. One of the big issues in East Palestine was that this train even though it had all of these chemical cars on it, because they were not linked together in a row. They were not actually classified as hazardous. “

In other news, Chick-fil-A has opened Thursday, March 9, in the Wayne Square Shopping Center at 319 E. Lancaster Ave. Franchise owner Josh Grimm said the franchise is bringing 60 full-time and part-time jobs to the Main Line. The restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Grimm and his wife, Laura, and daughter, Elodie, are thrilled to be a part of the Main Line community. In honor of the new restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A is donating $25,000 to Feeding America. The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater Philadelphia area to aid in the fight against hunger. The restaurant also plans to surprise 100 local heroes for making an impact in Wayne with free Chick-fil-A for a year.