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FRA Q3 PTC update: Everyone must do their part The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) called progress made by railroads in the third quarter of 2016 in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) "uneven" across the country and across the railroads.

fta-issues-wmata-traction-power-electrification-system-report-and-recommendations
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requiring Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to correct issues with its traction power electrification (TPE) system following an investigation into the TPE condition. FTA included 47 actions in the...
ge-transportation-advances-‘smart-rail’-push-with-iders-acquisition
GE Transportation (GE) has announced the company’s acquisition of Iders Incorporated, an electronic product design and manufacturing company catering to the rail industry.     GE describes Iders Inc. as having been a valued partner for more than...
world’s-longest-rail-train-tunnel-ready-to-begin-service
The world’s longest rail tunnel, Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, will launch service Dec. 11. The milestone project will transport passengers through the tunnel running below the Alps in less than 20 minutes, representatives say.     The tunnel...
crew-member-fatigue-faulted-for-union-pacific-hoxie-accident
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) named crew member fatigue as the probable cause of a 2014 Union Pacific (UP) Hoxie, Ark., accident that killed two crew members and seriously injured two others. Two Union Pacific...
unlv-awarded-funds-to-establish-high-speed-rail-utc
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), will establish a new University Transportation Center (UTC) to study rail infrastructure with funds from a federal grant. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) announced the $1.4 million grant on Dec....

wmata-launches-new-reliability-plan-back2good
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rolled out a new initiative aimed at boosting service. WMATA says the "Back2Good" plan moves beyond the track repair it is taking on with its SafeTrack program and will...
chao-trump’s-dot-secretary-choice
President-elect Donald Trump has named Elaine Chao as his choice for U.S. Transportation Secretary. Chao is a former Deputy Transportation Secretary and a former Labor Secretary, and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
fra-q3-ptc-update-everyone-must-do-their-part
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) called progress made by railroads in the third quarter of 2016 in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) "uneven" across the country and across the railroads. The report says freight railroads now...
wmata-wont-use-4000-series-railcars-in-lead-positions-after-safety-concern-identified
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld has ordered the prompt removal from service of all 4000-series railcars from the lead position of trains following the identification of a...
apta-calls-for-additional-funds-to-help-commuter-railroads-implement-ptc
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is calling on Congress to appropriate funds toward the commuter rail industry’s positive train control (PTC) implementation initiatives in light of the progress the association says the industry has...