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FTA safety advisory issued to collect data on third-rail traction power systems The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Safety Advisory to request information from State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) regarding the condition and safety performance of third-rail traction power electrification (TPE) systems at the Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems (RFGPTS) in their jurisdictions.

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The California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopted a five-year state transportation funding plan that cuts $754 million and delays another $755 million in highway, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian project spending on May 18.   These cuts are...
metra-resumes-bnsf-extension-plans-seeks-3m-for-ptc
Chicago's Metra is resuming work on engineering and environmental studies to extend the BNSF Line past Aurora in Kendall County, after local officials said they strongly supported the planning work despite the challenges of securing...
ntsb-shines-spotlight-on-ptc-following-amtrak-188-meeting
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) deemed human error as the probable cause for the May 2015 Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, but said better windows would have lessened the severity of injuries of the crash...
fta-safety-advisory-issued-to-collect-data-on-third-rail-traction-power-systems
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Safety Advisory to request information from State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) regarding the condition and safety performance of third-rail traction power electrification (TPE) systems at the Rail Fixed...
Protran Technology, a division of Harsco Rail, has hired Clay Bunting as deputy director, where he will further develop its growing range of safety technology for track workers and track inspection technology.   Bunting spent the past...

ntsb-loss-of-situational-awareness-caused-amtrak-188-derailment
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted 3-1 to determine the probable cause of the May 12, 2015 Amtrak 188 derailment in Philadelphia to be the locomotive engineer's loss of situational awareness.   Brandon Bostian was operating...
port-of-tucson-celebrates-rail-improvements
The Federal Railroad Administration, Pima County Arizona, the Port of Tucson and Union Pacific joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 12, celebrating the expansion of the port's rail infrastructure.   The Port of Tucson's existing...
metro-north-to-design-purchase-track-geometry-vehicle
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad said it will enter into a contract with Ensco Inc. to design, build and deliver a track inspection.   Metro-North said the vehicle will be a diesel-powered rail car filled with...
pennsylvania-commission-approves-funds-for-31-rail-projects
The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission approved $36 million for 31 rail projects across 34 counties.   The Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP), a capital budget grant program funded with bonds, supported 15 of the projects and the...
amtrak-188-anniversary-fra-calls-for-safety-measures-ntsb-sets-meeting-date-for-probable-cause
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released the following statement from Administrator Sarah Feinberg on the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment. The passenger train derailed during the evening of May 12, 2015. Eight people...