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Canada accelerates transportation review
Acknowledging that the country’s 19th century railway network and its regulatory regime are not up to the demands placed upon it by 21st century shippers, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt…
CSX touts advances in corporate social responsibility
CSX’s 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report “shows continued progress in 2013 on the company’s safety, environmental and community engagement initiatives,” according to Chairman, President and CEO Michael J. Ward.
NS/OL safety train visiting Delaware and Pennsylvania
Norfolk Southern and Operation Lifesaver are bringing their Whistle-Stop safety train tour to Delaware and eastern and central Pennsylvania to stress the importance of public safety around railroad tracks. It’s…
Canada TSB clears interim CBR reforms
Canada's transportation accident investigators gave the country's rail regulator, Transport Canada, a passing grade on interim emergency directives introduced in April to reduce the chances of crude oil train explosions…
Tank Car of the Future among more Greenbrier railcar contracts
Not including orders for 7,000 new railcars worth $700 million announced May 21, 2014, Greenbrier has been awarded contracts for 7,700 cars from multiple buyers valued at more than $960…
Hamberger outlines industry's CBR safety strides
Addressing the Railway Age Crude By Rail Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday, June 12, 2014, Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger detailed the many steps…
Safety-driven railway realignments
As railroaders, regulators, suppliers, and crude oil shippers convene at the Railway Age Crude by Rail Conference on June 12, they may ponder the full range of proffered remedies to exploding…
Protran lands contract for Station Platform Intrusion Warning systems
Protran Technology has secured a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide 100 of its Station Platform Intrusion Warning systems.
OLI: Safety Education Grant applications sought
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. said Tuesday, June 10, 2014, that the application period is now open for a total of $150,000 in grant funds for transit agencies and other local governmental…
OLI President hails crossing awareness day
Operation Lifesaver Inc. President Joyce Rose said Tuesday, June 3, 2014 that she and Operation Lifesaver USA are "proud to observe the sixth annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD),…
Sacramento adjusts LRT security measures
Responding to rider complaints over safety and to future service expectations, Sacramento Regional Transit District (RTD) is adjusting its security measures on board light rail transit operations.
Data-phobic FRA’s “Book of Mormon”
Rail labor’s sabots are showing. It’s not a pleasant sight. “Sabots”—French for wooden shoes and the etymological root of “sabotage”—were thrown into the gears of textile looms by 15th century…
NS, OLI back Georgia whistle-stop safety train
Norfolk Southern and Operation Lifesaver Inc. are hosting "The Peach State Whistle-Stop Safety Train" this week as a 327-mile tour stretches from Valdosta, in southeast Georgia, north to Dalton, Ga.,…
PHMSA to DOT-111 defender: Justify Bakken testing
The Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulator has quickly challenged the refinery lobby's contention that Bakken crude falls comfortably within existing "Class 3 Flammable Liquid" and should continue to be…
TransCanada looks to rail as pipeline alternative
TransCanada Corp., whose Keystone XL pipeline project has been stalled by politically related delays, is in discussions with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the U.S. by rail as an…
Refiners’ lobby says DOT-111 is “fine” for shipping Bakken crude
Operators of the U.S. fleet of DOT-111 tank cars are fighting the emerging consensus that the cars and their contents are the key culprits in the succession of oil train…
Hale, Pepper honored by Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver at its May 14-15, 2014 Leadership Conference presented national safety awards highlighting individual achievements in preventing deaths and injuries around railroad tracks and trains to Ron Hale of…
TRB seeks proposals for Safety IDEA Program
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) said Wednesday, May 14, 2014 it is accepting proposals for its Safety IDEA Program, "which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods…
Safety appliance evolution
In 2011, the FRA established a process in Part 231.33 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations for industry organizations like the AAR to submit new safety appliance…
MM&A, employees face negligence charges
The bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) and three of its former employees are to appear in court in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to face 47 charges…
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