On March 3, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) made public a Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT OIG) report on a late-2020 ethics investigation into former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that both the Trump Administration Department of Justice (DOJ) U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and DOJ Public Integrity Section refused to pursue.
Author: David C. Lester
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded U.S. freight and passenger railroads the highest grade—B—of its most recent quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card. That’s compared to an overall C–.
The SEPTA Board has approved a five-year Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2026.
Advanced Rail Systems is deeply saddened to report the sudden passing of its founder and CEO, Coy Beaman.
Seattle’s Sound Transit has awarded a multi-year, $24 million contract for rail grinding, polishing and engineering inspection services to Advanced Rail Management Corp. (ARM). The contract includes corrugation measurement and track geometry, ultrasonic and eddy current testing as part of the inspection and quality assurance requirements.
RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE: Cindy Sanborn, a seasoned railroader who Norfolk Southern Chairman, President and CEO Jim Squires described as “one of the freight rail industry’s leading operations experts,” became the railroad’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on Sept. 1, 2020. Mike Wheeler, Sanborn’s predecessor, retired on Oct. 1, 2020, after a 35-year career at the railroad.
The Federal Railroad Administration has published its Final Rule revising regulations governing minimum safety requirements for railroad track.
Plasser American says “a new era has begun” with signing of a contract to increase manufacturing capacities at its headquarters in Chesapeake, Va. The expansion, the company says, is its “commitment to the Chesapeake facility and products ‘Made in USA,’ as a big family and part of the railroad system” and that “shows our longstanding regional footprint.”
Focused Technology Solutions —a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway Company—is releasing their third battery-operated product to the rail market; the LagEase battery-operated lag inserter.
Few will forget that horrific day, July 6, 2013, when a crewless, runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic crude oil train with five locomotives and 75 loaded DOT-111 tank cars carrying volatile Bakken crude rolled into Lac-Mégantic, Quebec and derailed. The resulting fireballs and explosions (contrary to popular belief, the derailed cars did not explode; their contents ignited after the tanks had been breached) killed 47 people, and a large section of the downtown area was destroyed. The tragedy’s aftermath, as well as accidents involving other CBR trains in the U.S. and Canada, led to a long regulatory process resulting in the stronger DOT 117 tank car as well as several changes to CBR operating regulations.