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BNSF Short Line of the Year: Burlington Junction
BNSF Railway on Oct. 20 named Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY) its 2016 Short Line of the Year at its annual Short Line Conference. BNSF recognized BJRY “for its dedication to…
NTSB releases preliminary report into Hoboken train accident
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the preliminary report on the investigation of the New Jersey Transit accident at Hoboken Terminal that left one person dead and 110 injured.
First responders training with NS safety train
Emergency responders from 18 cities in 13 states across Norfolk Southern’s railroad network are receiving advanced training in safely handling potential rail incidents involving hazardous materials with NS’s safety train.
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…
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…
My gas tax is going up—finally!
Only one day after the tragic wreck of a New Jersey Transit commuter train at Hoboken Terminal came some positive news about transportation in the state, specifically, how it’s funded.…
OmniTRAX’s Chicago Rail Link pilots Grade Crossing Technology
Chicago Rail Link, LLC (CRL), a managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., is presenting a new and innovative grade crossing pilot project. It is the first such test of this technology…
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,…
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…
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…
NJT train crashes at Hoboken Terminal
(Updated Sept. 30, 9:35 AM EDT) One person died and 108 were injured, some of them critically, when an NJ Transit train crashed through an end-of-platform bumping block and into…
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.…
CP unveils hazmat website
Canadian Pacific on Sept. 26 unveiled a new webpage, cpr.ca/HazMat, which showcases CP's dangerous goods response capabilities, training available to first responders and other online resources.
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.
FLIR unveils FLIR RSX-F Thermal Fire Sensor
FLIR Systems, Inc. unveiled Sept. 20 the FLIR RSX-F intelligent sensor for advanced fire detection inside railway passenger vehicles. The FLIR RSX-F uses the FLIR Lepton® thermal sensor and high-definition…
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…
Atlanta issues bid request for Streetcar Track System
The City of Atlanta, Department of Procurement (“DOP”), announced a bid for FC-9139, Emergency On-Call Repair and Maintenance for the Atlanta Streetcar Track System.
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…
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