Safety

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AskRail™ app for first responders showcased in Chicago AskRail™, the mobile application developed as an added safety tool for first responders, continued its industry-wide rollout with a demonstration at BNSF’s Chicago (Corwith) Intermodal Facility on June 8, 2015. The invite-only “smart-app” allows first responders who show up at the scene of a freight train accident to quickly determine what type of hazardous materials are being carried on each railcar.

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Winners of the 2015 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored June 17, 2015 at the June meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. Sixteen first-place winners from across the Metra service area were introduced to the Board...
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Google has agreed to partner with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on grade crossing safety, the agency announced on June 29, 2015. Google will use the FRA’s GIS data that pinpoints nearly every rail crossing in the country (approximately 250,000) so...
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Positive Train Control (PTC) was again in the spotlight this week, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing June 24 on "The State of Positive Train Control in the United...
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A universal access control system is being introduced to North America that radically improves safety and risk management in the U.S. logistics and transportation industry. AccessPoint is a product from Whiting Passport that uses smart card technology to physically prevent fixed...
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Canadian Pacific (CP) says it is “profoundly disappointed” with Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt’s public  comments regarding an ongoing investigation into an alleged breach in safety rules. “Such comments undermine the reputations of hardworking employees who take pride in...

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Transport Canada has uncovered serious violations in connection with the horrific 2013 oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic under the Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act, the department announced June 22, 2015. An investigation under Canada’s Railway Safety Act found that...
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Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway Age’s experienced team of editors, engaged in an interactive dialogue...
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High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic vanishing vista is there than railroad tracks diminishing into the...
The National Transportation Safety Board, in a second update of the May 12 fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, announced that it found no indication that the locomotive engineer of train no. 188 was using his cell phone to talk or...
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A wind-driven wildfire that grew to at least 30 acres on the west side of Spokane, Wash., on June 11 was quickly knocked down by two helicopter drops, fire teams from six agencies—and the rapid deployment of a BNSF Railway...