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DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy
The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment in the notice of rulemaking:…
FRA freezes on tank car sloshing; DOE oil volatility bombshell drops like a dud
How crude oil sloshing inside moving tank cars affects train stability was under close scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration, the regulator’s Acting Administrator told reporters back on March 13.…
UP grade crossing safety rate improves 27%
Union Pacific’s grade crossing safety rate, which measures the total number of Federal Railroad Administration-reportable grade crossing accidents per million train-miles, improved to 1.88 in 2015’s first quarter, compared to…
FRA, PHMSA pile on the paperwork
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on April 17, 2015 issued what they describe as “a package of targeted actions that will address…
FRA awards $21.2 million in grants
The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded eight grants totaling more than $21.2 million for projects involving grade crossing safety, Positive Train Control implementation and passenger rail.
Metra, unions implementing a C3RS
Management and transportation unions at Chicago’s Metra regional/commuter rail system have entered into an agreement to create a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) designed “to proactively address safety issues…
2014 safest year on record
The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States,…
Tank car builders don’t agree on DOT-111 obsolescence timeline
Tank car builder The Greenbrier Companies is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget to disregard advice by the company’s own industry trade group, the Railway Supply Institute-Committee…
Implications aplenty in Supreme Court Amtrak ruling
The Supreme Court March 9 sent back to a federal appellate court for reconsideration a freight railroad challenge to a provision of the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act…
PTC relief on the way?
The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31,…
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