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AAR to DOT: GAO agrees we don’t need ECP
The Association of American Railroads says the Department of Transportation should withdraw its rule on electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes for crude oil trains after a review released Oct. 12…
Wick’s winter of discontent
For newly minted Amtrak President Charles Wickliffe (Wick) Moorman IV, a winter of discontent is nigh.
STB announces roundtable on rate cases
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott announced October 12 that the Board will host an economic roundtable, at 10:00 am on October 25, 2016.
NJT wreck: NTSB now has “usable data”
The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday, Oct. 6 that it obtained “usable data” from the event recorder and forward-facing video camera in the control (cab) car of New…
FRA directive on 111 tank cars
On Sept. 30, 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Railworthiness Directive (Directive or RWD) to all owners of Department of Transportation (DOT) specification 111 general purpose tank cars.
Event recorder, camera recovered from NJT Hoboken wreck
The NTSB has recovered the event recorder and Railhead Corp. video recorder from the control cab of the lead car of New Jersey Transit Pascack Valley Line train no. 1614,…
While we’re waiting, Administrator Feinberg
While we’re waiting for the NTSB to analyze the event recorder data and forward-facing camera video on the NJ Transit cab car involved in the Sept. 29 Hoboken Terminal crash,…
ASLRRA: BRACE Act achieves majority support
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced October 4 that the current bi-cameral Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act (S. 2595) (H.R. 4626)…
NTSB: Event recorder not functioning
An Oct. 3 National Transportation Safety Board update on the Sept. 29 crash of NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line train #1614 into the platform of the Hoboken Terminal has revealed…
Suppliers to Congress: STB shooting first, asking questions later
The industry groundswell attacking the Surface Transportation Board’s pending actions on forced access and commodity reregulation has grown to include the railway supply community, including the three principal trade associations…
STB finalizes arbitration rules
The Surface Transportation Board announced September 30 that it is adopting final rules to modify its arbitration procedures in accordance with the requirements of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act…
Preventing, not chasing, the ambulance
The Sept. 29th NJ Transit accident in Hoboken will, of courser, trigger another round of the now-usual “how could its,” “should nevers,” “told yous,” “failure to properly regulates,” “lack of…
AAR to Congress: STB is over-reaching
On the offensive following the Surface Transportation Board’s recent flurry of activity on multiple proposed regulations, the Association of American Railroads wrote to leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and…
Redefining medical fitness for duty
FRA-regulated railroads are the only U.S. transportation mode that do not have comprehensive, federally mandated medical fitness-for-duty standards and monitoring protocols. Only vision and hearing are covered by FRA regulations.…
AAR to STB: Policy "fixes" are bad policy
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on Sept. 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation…
STB releases SAC rate reasonableness methodology study
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
Watco taps HTI for PTC
Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has entered into a contract with short line holding company Watco Companies, LLC to provide PTC (positive train control) program management and back office hosting services.
CP urges TSB to do more with LVVR
Canadian Pacific joined the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), which released a study on September 19, in reiterating support for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video…
Expanded random drug testing, of course—with a few changes
Federal Railroad Administration data says the percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests increased to 0.53% in 2015 from 0.37% in 2014, following five years of…
Change thy bookmarks: STB's new website
The Surface Transportation Board is advising the public of an upcoming change to its Internet website address.
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