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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 10:13

BNSF challenges report questioning security

BNSF said Tuesday it was “extremely disappointed” by a news media investigative report questioning freight train security measures, as well as operations, in Washington state.

The report, issued Monday by Seattle’s KOMO News 4 TV and KOMO Newsradio, said its “Problem Solvers” team in essence found “so many Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trains for the taking,” some idling for hours without any security presence nearby. KOMO also relied on two BNSF anonymous engineers who expressed concern over current operations and supposed lax safety measures.

KOMO also reported the “Federal Railroad Administration … has now opened a formal investigation into what the Problem Solvers found.”

bnsf_logo.jpgIn response, BNSF on Tuesday chastised KOMO for its “sensationalized accusations and exaggerated hypotheticals to attack rail safety and security. BNSF takes safety and security very seriously.

“The report failed to recognize that there are numerous ways to immobilize aparked train such as removing essential equipment, tying down handbrakes orisolating electrical fields on the locomotive.,” BNSF said in a statement.

BNSF said a voluntary audit for last Friday “found that every lead locomotive in the area was properly secured.” In addition, it said, “Most of BNSF’s high volume main line track is controlled by what is called Centralized Traffic Control (CTC). On CTC track, a train cannot move on the track, nor can a switch from a siding be thrown to allow a train to move onto the main line without the dispatcher seeing it on their computer screen.”

Monday, 21 November 2011 10:23

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Monday, 25 April 2011 12:50


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    The County Mayor, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, 2-8.1 and 2-10.4 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Administrative Order 3-39 and Ordinance 08-92, announces that design-build services are required for the Miami-Dade Transit Department, Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station.  Miami-Dade County, on behalf of the Miami-Dade Transit Department (hereinafter “TRANSIT”), intends to enter into a design-build contract with a responsive, qualified applicant to provide design and construction services for the Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station which will be located adjacent to 7701 NW 79 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33166.
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    The Société de transport de Montréal is issuing a call for public tenders for the  preparation of a project brief on the implementation of a trolleybus network.

    Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:59


    Amtrak intends to issue a competitive Request for Proposal #X-061-11152-004 for a vendor to furnish turnkey services, including providing a suitable facility, for Amtrak’s Acela High Speed Trainsets. 


    Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:19


    A bankruptcy auction shall be held on May 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York,

    The Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is conducting a process to select a consultant firm/team to provide structural inspection engineering consulting services. MARTA will accept submittals as follows: