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World’s longest rail 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…
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…
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.
WMATA launches new reliability plan: Back2Good
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rolled out a new initiative aimed at boosting service.
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…
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.
WMATA won't 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…
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…
NTSB unveils two-year Most Wanted List
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unveiled its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List, implementing a new two-year cycle as opposed to the annual one previously used.
Metra approves 2017 budget with fare increase to pay for capital needs
The Metra Board of Directors approved the agency's 2017 budget, which includes a fare increase that will fund needed capital requirements.
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