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UP employees set safety record Union Pacific’s 2014 employee safety performance, a 0.98 reportable injury rate, was the best in the railroad’s history, surpassing the previous record established in 2012, and an 11% reduction from the 2013 reportable rate of 1.10, “demonstrating a solid commitment to reducing injuries and generating progress toward the company’s commitment to zero injuries,” according to Vice President Safety, Security and Environment Bob Grimaila.

tank-car-safety-ptc-on-ntsb’s-2015-most-wanted-list
The National Transportation Safety Board has released it 2015 list of ten “Most Wanted” areas that require safety improvements. Six of the ten are either rail specific or multi-modal; four, among them tank car safety, are new. The ten most-wanted improvements...
greenbrier-lauds-ntsb-on-tank-car-safety-priority
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced its support for the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, for NTSB's placing tank car safety on its "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2015." "Including tank car safety on the...
mudslide-nixes-sound-transit-service
Seattle's Sound Transit pre-emptively annulled train service Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, anticipating disruptions due to forecast heavy rain. Its action proved wise, as mudslides affected BNSF right-of-way, over which Sound Transit service runs. An early morning mudslide Sunday about one mile...
dc-streetcar-debut-by-new-years-eve?
All six of Washington, D.C.'s streetcars, including the youngest three delivered by United Streetcar, LLC, are undergoing what District Department of Transportation (DDOT) describes as pre-revenue operation, generating speculation that DDOT's H Street Line may open just before 2014 ends. The...
cp-welcomes-cab-monitoring-technology
Canadian Pacific has reviewed the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s report on the collision between two CP freight trains near Dunmore, Alberta in May, 2013 and says it “is fully supportive of the TSB’s conclusion with respect to cab monitoring technology....

norfolk-southern-unveils-first-publicly-funded-emissions-friendly-locomotives
Norfolk Southern has released for road testing the first of 25 GP33ECO emissions-friendly switching locomotives funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program, and built by NS in its Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa. The first...
mudslide-nixes-sound-transit-service
Seattle's Sound Transit pre-emptively annulled train service Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, anticipating disruptions due to forecast heavy rain. Its action proved wise, as mudslides affected BNSF right-of-way, over which Sound Transit service runs. An early morning mudslide Sunday about one mile...
dc-streetcar-debut-by-new-years-eve?
All six of Washington, D.C.'s streetcars, including the youngest three delivered by United Streetcar, LLC, are undergoing what District Department of Transportation (DDOT) describes as pre-revenue operation, generating speculation that DDOT's H Street Line may open just before 2014 ends. The...
cp-welcomes-cab-monitoring-technology
Canadian Pacific has reviewed the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s report on the collision between two CP freight trains near Dunmore, Alberta in May, 2013 and says it “is fully supportive of the TSB’s conclusion with respect to cab monitoring technology....
osha-rules-in-favor-of-metro-north-worker
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded an MTA Metro-North Railroad employee who was injured in 2011 the largest punitive damages ever awarded in a retaliation case under the Federal Railroad Safety Act...