railroad safety

Federal regulators say the nation's railroads are making slow and uneven progress in installing positive train control, technology that could prevent train crashes, and there is growing concern that several railroads may not make the government's deadline for implementing the system.

Projects to improve safety at railroad crossings in 17 Kentucky counties will be helped with nearly $2.2 million in grants.

The grants require a dollar-for-dollar match from the railroad companies and come from the Kentucky Railroad Crossing Improvement Program, administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Beshear's office says 77 of the projects are to be carried out by R.J. Corman Railroad, 22 by TransKentucky Transportation Inc. and six by Paducah & Louisville Railroad.