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Sealing tank car manways to prevent NARs Both the rail industry and U.S. Government are seeking to reduce the volume and severity of leaks from railcars. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) began tracking non-accident releases (NARs) in 2001, gathering data on the impact of sealing on industry performance and safety.

The Sept. 29th NJ Transit accident in Hoboken will, of courser, trigger another round of the now-usual “how could its,” “should nevers,” “told yous,” “failure to properly regulates,” “lack of trusts,” “insufficient crew members,” “inadequate trainings” “cost/benefits,” from the usual...
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(Updated Sept. 30, 9:35 AM EDT) One person died and 108 were injured, some of them critically, when an NJ Transit train crashed through an end-of-platform bumping block and into the train concourse in Hoboken Terminal just before 9:00 AM...
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FRA-regulated railroads are the only U.S. transportation mode that do not have comprehensive, federally mandated medical fitness-for-duty standards and monitoring protocols. Only vision and hearing are covered by FRA regulations. That leaves railroads free to fashion standards and impose them,...
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Canadian Pacific on Sept. 26 unveiled a new webpage, cpr.ca/HazMat, which showcases CP's dangerous goods response capabilities, training available to first responders and other online resources. "CP is proud of the relationships we have with first responders and communities, and we...
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Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has entered into a contract with short line holding company Watco Companies, LLC to provide PTC (positive train control) program management and back office hosting services. Through this arrangement, which HTI describes as a “strategic partnership,” HTI...

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FLIR Systems, Inc. unveiled Sept. 20 the FLIR RSX-F intelligent sensor for advanced fire detection inside railway passenger vehicles. The FLIR RSX-F uses the FLIR Lepton® thermal sensor and high-definition visual imaging for fire and occupancy detection as well as...
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Canadian Pacific joined the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), which released a study on September 19, in reiterating support for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) as soon as possible. CP added that it believes...
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The City of Atlanta, Department of Procurement (“DOP”), announced a bid for FC-9139, Emergency On-Call Repair and Maintenance for the Atlanta Streetcar Track System. The City of Atlanta (“City”) is soliciting bids from qualified bidders to furnish labor, tools and equipment...
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Federal Railroad Administration data says the percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests increased to 0.53% in 2015 from 0.37% in 2014, following five years of stable rates. As such, FRA is implementing expanded random drug testing...
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Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC), in conjunction with CN, announced Sept. 15 it conducted a rail emergency exercise as part of ongoing ERAC responder training in the event of an incident involving a railcar carrying flammable liquids or gas. ERAC Response...