According to Metrolink, between July and December 2023, passenger and freight trains operating on its service lines were involved in 53 vehicle and pedestrian strikes, a 39% increase from same period in 2022, with nearly half of all strikes in 2023 ruled as suicides. (Metrolink Photograph)

Metrolink to Pilot Track Intrusion Detection

Southern California’s Metrolink will use a $1.3 million federal grant for the development and demonstration of a track intrusion detection system that it said not only will improve the safety of its riders and crew, but also directly benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and everyone else who interacts with the regional/ commuter rail system.

STB Crunches Three-Benchmark Rate Case Numbers

The Surface Transportation Board in Docket No. EP 689 (Sub No. 15) (download below) has published the  2019-2022 RSAM (Revenue Shortfall Allocation Methodology and R/VC>180 (Revenue-to-Variable Cost Greater than 180%) ratios for

Figure 1. Diagram of the Dec. 13, 2022, accident scene in which a Norfolk Southern employee was killed and another injured when a locomotive struck steel protruding from a gondola car on a stationary train near Bessemer, Ala. (NTSB Image)

NTSB Releases December 2022 NS Accident Report

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on April 9 issued the final report for its investigation of a Dec. 13, 2022, accident, in which a Norfolk Southern (NS) employee was killed and

(Image Courtesy of FTA)

FTA Finalizes Safety Reg, Revises Safety Plan for Transit

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on April 9 announced a final rule updating its Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) regulation, along with a newly revised National Public Transportation Safety Plan, which

Andy Muller, CEO and Founder of Reading Blue Mountain & Northern, was one of the 10 Most Influential Industry Leaders, as selected by Railway Age subscribers in 2023.

‘Influential Industry Leader’ Nominations Due Today, April 10

Railway Age subscribers: Don’t delay! Submit your nominations by April 10 for the fifth-annual 10 Most Influential Industry Leaders poll.

Florida Stiffens Grade Crossing, Trespassing Penalties

HB1301, a law aimed at public safety around railroad tracks, was recently signed into law in Florida. It includes updated penalties for infractions around active railroad tracks. “Florida’s moving violation fines were

Trinity Metro was joined by representatives of the Federal Transit Administration, Tarrant County Commissioners Court, Fort Worth City Council and other leaders and stakeholders across North Texas to open the Trinity Lakes Station for Trinity Railway Express. Trinity Metro President and CEO Richard Andreski (second from left) was in attendance. (Trinity Metro Photograph)

Transit Briefs: LACMTA, MBTA, Metro Transit, SEPTA, Trinity Metro

The Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is now available for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LACMTA) planned 14.5-mile light rail line between Los Angeles and the city of Artesia, Calif. Also, the Massachusetts House budget is slated to include “record” funding for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); Metro Transit of Minneapolis-St. Paul is upgrading its contactless fare system; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) officially opens the rebuilt and renamed Drexel Station at 30th Street and unveils new fare gate pilot program; and Trinity Metro hosts a grand-opening event for the new Trinity Railway Express station in Fort Worth, Tex.

NTSB at Full Strength

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is “at full strength” following Senate confirmation and swearing in of Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman, filling two vacancies and bringing the board to its

(USCG Photograph)

Watch: Salvors Remove First Containers From Dali

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) works toward its target of restoring full access to the Port of Baltimore by the end of May, the Unified Command responding to the incident has begun

STB Denies Coalition to Stop CPKC Request

The Surface Transportation Board on April 5, 2024, by unanimous vote, denied the request of the Coalition to Stop CPKC to modify the reporting requirements imposed in STB’s approval of Canadian Pacific’s