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DOT-117 defined The wait for a new tank car specification is over. Now comes the “fun” part: Retrofits to older cars, and potentially onerous operating rules.

oregon-ramps-up-rail-safety-oversight
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) on August 28, 2015 approved an updated set of rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail. Combined with Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) addition of four Federal Railroad Administration-certified rail inspectors, the rules “aim to...
railroads-report-no-major-damage-from-northwest-fires-so-far
Aside from unconfirmed reports of isolated tie damage to one Idaho short line, and moments of suspended service on both short lines and Class Is, the dozens of wildfires raging throughout the Northwest have, so far, caused no widespread damage...
inrd-partners-with-oli-police-on-grade-crossing-safety-blitz
The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) is participating in Indiana Rail Safety Week, which runs the week of Aug. 23-29, by partnering with the Terre Haute Police Department and Indiana Operation Lifesaver for a grade crossing safety “blitz.” INRD employees and Terre...
retlif-expands-into-north-carolina
Retlif Testing Laboratories, a leading independent compliance and testing organization based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., announced August 7, 2015 that it has expanded with a new location in Concord, N.C. The new laboratory, which is in response to the growing regional need...
oli-awards-4000-for-crossing-safety-public-awareness-campaigns
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), announced on August 11, 2015 more than $200,0000 in grants to 13 State Operation Lifesaver programs for a variety of highway-rail grade crossing safety public education projects, in...

Last week, the FRA released its most recent report to Congress on the status of PTC implementation. As these things go, it’s not a bad report. It touches on all the big issues; says all the right things; and almost...
senate-confirms-dominguez’s-role-as-phmsa-administrator
The U.S. Senate on August 5, 2015 officially confirmed the appointment of Marie Therese Dominguez as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Dominguez, who began serving as Administrator on June 22, was first nominated by President...
stb-extends-deadline-on-tongue-river-railroad-draft-eis
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a notice extending the deadline—for a second time—for filing comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Tongue River Railroad Co.’s (TRRC) planned construction and operation...
miller-ingenuity-duraforce-sign-exclusive-distribution-agreement
Miller Ingenuity has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with DuraForce Company, LLC, to sell the DuraForce™ Fastener Systems, the company announced August 4, 2015. The patented Fastener System is unique because of its self-locking, vibration-proof technology that extends hardware life while...
ns-continues-safety-train-program-in-ohio
Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Whistle-Stop Safety Train continues its journey this week, traveling through Ohio August 4-6, 2015 to deliver a life-saving message to motorists and pedestrians about staying safe around the tracks. The safety train, a partnership between NS and Operation...