The biggest question, left unanswered, is what will the regulators do when they identify recidivist safety violators? So far, the regulators have shown little desire to boot companies from the gulf for repeated safety infractions.

The Southern Rail Commission recently submitted an application to the feds for grant money to plan a train route between the Crescent City and the City Beautiful. The Commission is asking for about $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to plan the rail line, which would bring back service that has been offline since Hurricane Katrina.


Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...