NTSB calls for stricter safety for Angels Flight

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A man walks down hill as the Angels Flight Railway, the so-called "Shortest Railway in the World" resumes ferrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles Monday March, 15, 2010. The funicular that shut down nine years ago after a deadly accident, resumed service this year.

A federal agency says not enough has been done to address safety recommendations in the nine years since a deadly crash of the downtown LA landmark and railway oddity known as Angels Flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board says operators of the funicular should have added a 32-inch-wide walkway along the steep tracks to help passengers evacuate during emergencies.

The NTSB first called for the walkway in 2003, two years after a rail car rolled down hill and crashed into another car, killing an 83-year-old man and injuring seven other people.

In a letter to state and city agencies, board Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman said the lack of a walkway was "unacceptable."

The so-called "Shortest Railway in the World" resumed trips up and down Bunker Hill in March.

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