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FRA issues Metra safety recommendations The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released the findings and recommendations on Oct. 16, 2014, from its focused safety assessment of Metra, the Chicago area's suburban rail service.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he is pleased with actions taken by BNSF in response to the comprehensive review and analysis of rail operations and infrastructure around Casselton, N.D., following the Nov. 13 derailment,...
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is conducting a voluntary safety examination of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) rail and bus transit system in response to the CTA's formal request for safety collaboration earlier this year. The...
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a special investigation report on common organizational factors in five Metro North Railroad accidents between May 2013 and March 2014.   The report examines several common safety management problems present...
Watco Transportation Services has promoted Ron Martin to vice president of transportation safety and training and Michael Smith to director of engineering safety and training.   Martin has been with Watco for 15 years, giving him a...
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As the season for cold and snowy weather approaches, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) is ready for winter operations. NYCT said it is leaning on lessons from the 2013-2014 winter that...

Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) received approval from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board to award contracts totaling $34.6 million for the purchase of inward- and outward-facing cameras in the cabs of...
On November 13, 2014, an eastbound BNSF train carrying lumber and paper product in Casselton, N.D., derailed 21 cars that subsequently struck a passing westbound train derailing 12 empty tank cars. BNSF said the underlying...
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule that strengthens training requirements for railroad employees and contractors who perform safety-related work. The rule, which was mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA) of...
Transport Canada is implementing measures to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's (TSB) recommendations stemming from its final report on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.   The TSB issued two recommendations and two safety advisories to the...
In its investigation of five Metro-North accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) identified several recurring safety issues, including inadequate and ineffective track inspection and maintenance, extensive deferred maintenance issues, inadequate safety oversight and deficiencies...