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FRA’s new chief: Check ego at the door
Ah, to be a public servant fulfilling the boast of Caesar Augustus: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” For the incoming Federal…
Passenger ops lagging freight RRs in PTC progress: FRA
The Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration released a status update today on railroads' progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Who will Trump nominate? Perhaps …
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes…
Virginia seeks project manager for Atlantic Gateway
Virginia is seeking a consultant to manage the rail portion of its $1.4 billion Atlantic Gateway multimodal project connecting Washington and Fredericksburg, Va.
STB, FRA judicial ally under attack
If Judge Neil Gorsuch is Senate-confirmed to the Supreme Court, federal regulatory agencies such as the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) could be closer to losing…
2016 FRA civil penalty collection rate sets record
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced Dec. 23 that its "enforcement of federal rail safety rules has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history,…
FRA Safety Advisory: More cameras, operational testing, radio communications and sleep apnea testing
The Federal Railroad Administration on Dec. 3 issued Safety Advisory 2016-03 “to stress to passenger and commuter railroads the importance of taking action to help mitigate human factor accidents, assist…
AAR to FRA: PTC "is not-off-the shelf"
The Association of American Railroads replied on Nov. 28 to the Federal Railroad Administration's third quarter 2016 data in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The FRA concluded the…
FRA updates on PTC: "Uneven progress"
The Federal Railroad Administration on Nov. 28 released third quarter 2016 data submitted by railroads on their progress in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC). The FRA says the "data show…
FRA introduces Tier III passenger equipment safety standards
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Nov. 22 proposed updates for the passenger train safety standards used in the U.S. as the country looks to regional projects to add high-speed…
AAR: "Concern over railroads being held responsible for contractor drug and alcohol testing programs"
Ed Greenberg, spokesperson for the Association of American Railroads, provided this statement following the Federal Railroad Administration's Nov. 10 decision to reject a petition by several industry groups to delay…
“Civil War-era” technology? You’re joking, right?
I’ve heard some pretty disingenuous (that’s a polite word for “dopey”) things said about railroads in my nearly 25 years at Railway Age. Nearly all of them have come from…
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,…
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.…
FRA’s quarterly PTC whip-cracking
A quarterly status update released Aug. 17, 2016 by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) “underscores the need for railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) as quickly and safely as…
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…
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…
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