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ORNL Study Taps Flickr for CBR Safety Study

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have used images from the photo-sharing website Flickr to identify U.S. CBR (crude by rail) routes “to provide data that could help transportation planners better understand regional

Left to right: Cami Misch, Victoria Sheehan and Niki Toussaint
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People News: BNSF Logistics, National Academies, MxV Rail

BNSF Logistics, LLC, names Cami Misch Interim President. Also, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) names Victoria Sheehan Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board; and MxV Rail welcomes Niki Toussaint as Assistant Vice President of Marketing.

WTS International President and CEO Sara M. Stickler (left) and Eno President and CEO Robert Puentes (right) sign a formal MOU on Sept. 8.
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Association Briefs: WTS International, ASLRRA

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International and the Eno Center for Transportation (Eno) sign memorandum of understanding (MOU). Also, from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s weekly Views & News: A Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) report discusses results of Onboard Broken Rail Detection (OBRD) system research; ASLRRA congratulates industry colleagues on their retirements; and registration opens for first ASLRRA training seminar in 2023.

DOT-113C120W9 LNG tank car. Chart Industries photo

LNG by Rail: Temporary Reg Rollback Under Review

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed temporary suspension of its regulations authorizing the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail have prompted not only the Railway Supply Institute to weigh in, but also the Republican members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a coalition of attorneys general from 14 states and Washington, D.C.; all submitted comments on the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released late last year.

TRB accepting proposals for Rail Safety IDEA Program

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting proposals for the Rail Safety IDEA Program, which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods for improving railroad safety or performance. Rail Safety IDEA proposals are due Sept. 15, 2016.

DOT on truck size and weight: We need more data

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a step toward the completion of the comprehensive study required in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Obituary: Edson Tennyson, 1922-2014

Edson L. Tennyson, one of the most respected rail advocates across several decades spanning U.S. passenger rail’s decline and recovery, died at his home Monday, July 14, 2014, succumbing to bladder cancer. He was 92.