Kentucky Cabinet approves $20 million in rail safety funds

Kentucky Cabinet officials unanimously approved the $20,000 in rail-safety funding Monday for the Department of Transportation.

The Cabinet approved $4.2 million for the Kentucky Transportation Safety Board, which would give the agency the authority to hire a full-time safety coordinator.

The additional funds would cover staffing and technology costs, including a new automated train operator.

The State Transportation Cabinet is scheduled to discuss the package with the Transportation Advisory Council on Wednesday.

The state’s top Republican, Gov.

Matt Bevin, hailed the safety money as “another major step toward protecting Kentucky’s people and our roads.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been slated to meet with the Federal Railroad Administration on Tuesday to discuss its funding.

The agency is currently receiving a $2.8 million grant from the federal government to investigate train derailments and train crashes.

“As the safety of our citizens is paramount, this funding is another major step towards protecting Kentucky the people and the safety system of our state,” Bevin said in a statement.