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WMATA says nothing has been done to the track concerning wheel issues with new rail cars.

‘WMATA is Treading Carefully’

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Vice President and Assistant Chief Safety Officer Jayme Johnson wants everyone to know that the NTSB investigation involving the 7000-series railcar is still ongoing, and that no definitive conclusions have been made.

Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority Interim Director Thomas Frawley (Photo Courtesy of SRPRA).
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People News: SRPRA, CMC

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) has hired Thomas Frawley as Interim Director. Also, Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., has joined the California Mobility Center (CMC) as CEO.

​Aerial photo of the derailment of the two locomotives and eight hopper cars. Two additional hopper cars are submerged in the river. (Source: BNSF)​

NTSB: ‘Incorrectly Identified’ Caution Area Led to BNSF Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently stated in a report that the probable cause of a November 2021 collision between towing vessel Baxter Southern and a BNSF coal train was the tow’s pilot and captain “incorrectly identifying” a caution area on the vessel’s electronic chart system (ECS) before pushing the tow up against a riverbank too close to a railroad track, leading to a train derailment near Galland, Iowa.

An aerial view of the Dec. 18, 2017 derailment. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol.)

Settled: Amtrak Cascades Derailment Case

A settlement has been reached more than four years after Amtrak Cascades train 501, on its inaugural Point Defiance Bypass run, derailed in DuPont, Wash., as it entered a 30-mph curve at approximately 79 mph.

WMATA 7000-Series Rapid Transit Cars: Courtesy Wikipedia

WMATA Pauses 7000-Series Car Ramp Up

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has paused bringing on line additional 7000-series rapid transit cars, following an update to the cars’ service restoration plan.

WMATA 7000-Series Rapid Transit Cars: Courtesy Wikipedia

WMATA 7000-Series Cars to Resume Service

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) 7000-series rapid transit cars will start returning to service this month under a “metered release” plan, the agency reported on Dec. 14.

WMATA 7000-Series Rapid Transit Cars: Courtesy Wikipedia

NTSB Issues Wheelset Safety Alert, Preliminary Report on WMATA Derailment

Following the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Oct. 12 derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety alert calling on rail transit agencies and commuter railroads to check their fleets for “wheelsets that do not meet gage specifications”; NTSB also released a preliminary report on the derailment.