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2014 safest year on record The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States, in terms of both the number of accidents and the accident rate per million train-miles, for a variety of causes. These numbers include passenger rail, though the majority are freight rail accidents.

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for public review and comment of Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC) proposed construction and operation of an approximately 42-mile new common...
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Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern (RBMN) Railroad appointed Thomas Cook as Vice President Transportation and Safety, the company announced on April 13, 2015. Cook joins RBMN from CSX Transportation where he retired this past January after a 30-year career in operations...
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The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded eight grants totaling more than $21.2 million for projects involving grade crossing safety, Positive Train Control implementation and passenger rail. FRA awarded the grants as part of a Notice of Funding Availability it issued in...
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Management and transportation unions at Chicago’s Metra regional/commuter rail system have entered into an agreement to create a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) designed “to proactively address safety issues and create a more positive safety culture,” the agency said. According...
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BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recognized a group of its employees, April 13, 2015, for their outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual Employees of the Year event, which took place in Forth Worth, Texas. Out of BNSF’s approximate 48,000 employees across...

2014-safest-year-on-record
The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States, in terms of both the number of accidents and the...
bnsf-recognizes-employees-for-outstanding-achievement
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recognized a group of its employees, April 13, 2015, for their outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual Employees of the Year event, which took place in Forth Worth, Texas. Out of BNSF’s approximate 48,000 employees across...
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Digital gages, though accurate, have their limitations. Here’s how Transportation Technology Center, Inc. is applying tried and true mechanical methods. To identify the root causes of poor fitment of components in car coupling systems, TTCI, under the direction of the Association...
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All indicators are pointing to a vibrant crosstie market across all segments: wood, concrete, steel, and composite. The freight railroads’ estimated $29 billion in 2015 capital expenditures is one driving factor, but healthy expansion plans among transit agencies are also...
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Proponents of current plans to renew the continent’s crude oil tank car fleet arrived at work April 7 to find another embarrassing egg laid at their doorstep, and not by the Easter Bunny. Good Friday, when most government workers were already...