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Dutch go driverless
Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail confirmed at this week's TEN-T Days conference in Rotterdam that it is planning to test automated operation of freight trains on the Betuweroute dedicated freight line,…
FRA faults bolts, brakes and UP in June 3 crude oil derailment
The Federal Railroad Administration on June 23, 2106 released its preliminary findings on the June 3 Oregon crude oil derailment and found at fault: bolts, brakes and Union Pacific.
Time again to reason together
At a time when polemics is delivering knockout blows to civil discourse and collaboration, a 78-year-old former amateur boxer—still punching above his weight—has advice on peaceful dispute resolution that lawmakers,…
CHSRA energizes environmental connection
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that they have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that focuses attention on how the high-speed rail…
Canada proposing locomotive emissions regs
For the first time, the Government of Canada is attempting to regulate air pollutant emissions from locomotives. The proposed regulations are being developed under the Railway Safety Act, with a…
ASLRRA files opposition to two-person crews with the FRA
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to abandon its call to require two-person crews in many types of service, citing…
AAR files with FRA in opposition to two-person crews
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) released on June 15 its comments filed with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to withdraw its proposed rule mandating two-person crews on railroads.
STB initiates proceeding to expedite rate cases
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on June 15, 2016 outlining measures to expedite its handling of rate cases.
CTA receives perfect score from FTA
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced on June 8, 2016 that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the top federal oversight agency for transit agencies, gave the CTA a perfect score…
Amtrak 188 wreck: NTSB responds; Schanoes rebuts
David Schanoes’ personal analysis of the Amtrak train No. 188 derailment at Frankford Junction curve on the Northeast Corridor last year elicited a response from National Transportation Safety Board Director…
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