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Are two-person crews less safe than a single engineer?
News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered MTA Metro-North Railroad to have two qualified crewmembers in the lead cab until Metro-North’s signal system is updated to ensure automatic train…
FRA issues Safety Advisory on speed restriction compliance
The Federal Railroad Administration on Dec. 11, 2013 issued an industry-wide Safety Advisory (2013-08) “to help ensure railroads adhere to federal regulations regarding maximum authorized train speed limits.”
Emergency Order 29: Where’s the consistency?
When we investigate accidents and injuries, when we analyze failures of any sort on any railroad, we are searching for a root cause—that determining factor, or factors, that drive the…
FRA issues emergency order to Metro-North
In the wake of the Dec. 1, 2013 wreck of an MTA Metro-North Railroad train that was apparently caused by an overspeed condition and that resulted in four deaths and…
Spuyten Duyvil: Why? A safety expert weighs in
Pearl Harbor. Dallas. 9-11. Lac Mégantic. Now we have “Spuyten Duyvil” to add to the collection of names that, before they became linked to tragedy and loss of life, were…
NTSB to ACRE: You’re out!
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) as a participant in its investigation into the Dec. 1 derailment of…
Metro-North wreck kills four, injures 63
Four people were killed and 63 were injured, 11 critically, when a seven-car Metro-North train derailed on a curve and rolled over at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. The…
Siemens, Bombardier pair on NYMTA PTC
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens Rail Automation and Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on…
MTA labor talks: Cannon to left, cannon to right
Hard times motivate T-bone steak lovers to chow down on Spam or Sloppy Joes, but unionized workers employed by MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Staten…
Latest Metro-North headache: Power failure
Metro-North Railroad on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, scrambled to provide rudimentary service on its New Haven Line, the nation's busiest regional passenger railroad line which was crippled Wednesday by a…
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