Amtrak Struggles to Screen Workers for Drug, Alcohol Abuse, Report Finds

Hundreds of Amtrak employees have slipped past the railroad’s drug and alcohol testing regime in recent years, a new report says, even as the railroad’s management has pledged to tighten screening in the wake of a fatal 2016 crash.

A review by Amtrak’s inspector general, released Thursday, found that the railroad had faulty databases for the more than 6,000 “safety-sensitive” employees it is required to screen for drug and alcohol use under federal rules. Its record-keeping system for testing data—a paper form—sometimes results in illegible or missing records.

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