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LACMTA, NCDOT outline plans for federal grants
Officials on opposite sides of the country outlined plans to enhance safety of local rail systems using recently awarded federal funds.
CP voices support for expanding LVVR
Canadian Pacific announced Aug. 25, 2016 that it “welcomes the release of the full proceedings from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) recent Transportation Safety Summit and urges government officials…
Pokémon Go walk in front of a moving train
It’s unsettling, and very weird, I tell you. People—children, adults, teenagers—walking around, even driving, oblivious to their surroundings, fixated on their smartphones, looking for goofy little virtual characters called Pokémons…
Sealing tank car manways to prevent NARs
Both the rail industry and U.S. Government are seeking to reduce the volume and severity of leaks from railcars. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) began tracking non-accident releases (NARs)…
FTA makes $7 million available for safety grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has $7 million in grants available to support efforts that enhance the safety of transit workers and passengers.
FRA awards $25 million for PTC implementation
Eleven projects across six states and the District of Columbia will receive grants from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to assist in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC).
ASLRRA receives DOT Technology Grant for PTC implementation
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced on August 16 that it has received a grant from FY2016 Railroad Safety Technology Grant Funds, made available through the…
Salient Systems achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification
L.B. Foster’s wholly owned subsidiary, Salient Systems, Inc., achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification in the second quarter of 2016. This facility engineers and manufactures remote infrastructure and vehicle monitoring devices and…
AAR doubles down on FRA crew size proposal
In comments submitted August 16 in response to a July 15th public hearing, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) again urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to withdraw its proposed…
Investment Results: CSXT and LIRC take to upgraded track
Starting September 1, train traffic on the Louisville and Indiana Railroad (LIRC) between Louisville, Ky., and Seymour, Ind. will begin moving at increased capacity, faster and more often.
PTSI, CRSA offer physical characteristics training conference
PTSI Transportation and the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association are jointly offering the Railroad and Rail Transit Physical Characteristics Training and Testing: Are We Where We Need to Be? conference in…
FTA issues Public Transportation Safety Program final rule
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued the Public Transportation Safety Program final rule on August 11th.
Fishman joins Nossaman Infrastructure Practice Group
Edward Fishman, an experienced attorney who specializes in infrastructure projects, principally in the transportation and logistics sector, has joined the Infrastructure Practice Group of Nossaman LLP as a Partner.
MTA’s new role in Zika fight: Skeeter slayers
The state of New York is implementing aggressive initiatives to fight the Zika virus and partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to combat the virus in the subway system.
HNTB hires Positive Train Control expert Aaron Marx
Aaron Marx joined HNTB Corporation as project manager, Positive Train Control systems. He is a technical resource for the firm and works with public- and private-sector clients across the United…
FRA finalizes new safety rule for passenger rail
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a new, final rule on July 29 that requires passenger railroads to proactively identify potential safety hazards across their…
Norfolk Southern brings safety campaign to Indiana
Norfolk Southern is bringing its Train Your Brain public safety campaign to Indiana to encourage motorists to be smart and safe when crossing train tracks.
PTC, legacy train control and vitality
Steve Ditmeyer’s article “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux” is very thought-provoking. Yes, Congress did define PTC by functionality, not technology. No, PTC need not be tied to fixed wayside…
MTA NYCT chooses Canarsie Tunnel full-closure option
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) is opting for a full 18-month shutdown of the Canarsie Tunnel, versus a three-year partial shutdown, to rebuild the tunnel, which…
Byrne named Vice Chairman, RSICTC
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) has named veteran railcar design and regulatory compliance and safety professional John Byrne as Vice Chairman. Byrne succeeds William Finn, who…
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