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GAO calls for additional oversight; AAR calls for deadline extension regarding PTC
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report reviewing the process of Positive Train Control implementation. Bottom line: Most railroads will not meet the deadline.
NC Board of Transportation adopts state rail plan
The North Carolina Board of Transportation adopted the 2015 Comprehensive State Rail Plan at its meeting on August 5, 2015. The Rail Plan was created to identify near- and long-term…
Caltrain proclaims September Rail Safety Month
To highlight the importance of safety around trains, the Caltrain Board adopted a proclamation for Railroad Safety Month.
FRA makes $10 million available to improve crossings, track along energy routes
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grant funding available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy…
Grade crossing safety improvements made in North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection near Kernersville, N.C.
WMATA derailment report says defect data was deleted; broken fasteners undetected
As part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority's (WMATA) investigation into the cause of an August 6 derailment, a technical incident report has been released.
OTC adopts new rules, adds more inspectors to increase rail safety
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approved an updated set of rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail. Combined with Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) addition of four rail inspectors, the…
FRA issues ballast repair safety advisory
The Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory to emphasize the importance of timely repairs of ballast defects and conditions on main tracks.
USDOT report provides transportation jobs outlook
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), along with the departments of Education and Labor, released a joint report, "Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry," which details…
INRD to perform crossing blitz for rail safety week
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has declared the week of Aug. 23-29 as Indiana Rail Safety Week and the Indiana Rail Road (INRD) is participating via a grade-crossing blitz in partnership…
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