A Portland-bound Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Wash., Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

A Portland-bound Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Wash., Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

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The deadly crash of Amtrak train 501 near Tacoma, Washington, Monday is drawing new scrutiny of passenger rail funding and oversight. Communities have been voicing concerns about the rerouting of the Cascades line for years, and congressional efforts to make train travel safer haven’t materialized yet. Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Lauren Dake, and Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom. We’ll also discuss the $1.5 trillion tax bill and how it will be felt in Oregon.

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