Regulatory

Three years ago today, the people of Lac-Mégantic could never have imagined this.
In a reply dated July 5, 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) responded to a letter from Oregon’s U.S. senators regarding the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment…
The title of Larry Light’s “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control” article in the June 2016 issue of Railway Age (full text follows this article) promised a balanced discussion of the…
At the recent Railway Age “Rail Insights 2016” conference, I moderated a panel on the lease market for railcars. My panel participants were Robert Hart from Fifth Third Bank and…
More than 700 employees attended a ceremony to mark the rollout of the 1,000th locomotive from the GE Manufacturing Solutions plant in Fort Worth, Tex., on July 7, three-and-a-half years…
News items: A convoy of self-driving trucks recently traversed Europe. Driverless trucks are undergoing public-road testing in California and Nevada. And Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx supports development of vehicles “that…
Three years ago, in the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking nominations from the public transportation safety community for TRACS (Transit Advisory Committee for Safety) membership.
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) for TEX Rail, which means that construction for the 27-mile commuter…
Oregon Governor Kate Brown released the following statement regarding the Federal Railroad Administration's June 23rd Preliminary Factual Findings Report on the June 3rd derailment of Union Pacific's crude oil train:
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,…
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.
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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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