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FRA adjusts accident/incident reporting threshold
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Final Rule on Dec. 24, 2013, that increases the rail equipment accident/incident reporting threshold for 2014 from $9,900 to $10,500.
NCRR pays dividend to state freight rail and safety fund
The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) paid a $15.5-million dividend to the state of North Carolina on December 20, 2013 to be designated for a freight rail and safety fund…
NTSB issues urgent safety recommendations to protect ROW workers
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued two urgent safety recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to protect track workers.
UP awards 21 grants to support community railroad safety initiatives
Union Pacific has awarded 21 grants to community-owned railroad safety initiatives across its 23-state operating system. Ranging from $500 to $5,000, the grants support initiatives developed by community organizations to…
Senators push for additional FRA funds to hire more rail inspectors
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are asking for additional funding for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) saying that it is "woefully underfunded" and unable to fully…
Results of NRC/RTS/Commercial Insurance Associates Safe Railroad Contractor of the Year announced
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) released the winners of the 2013 NRC/RT&S/Commercial Insurance Associates Safe Railroad Contractor of the Year contest. Enthusiastic participation in the contest continued…
FRA issues industry-wide safety advisory on speed restrictions
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an industry-wide Safety Advisory to help ensure railroads adhere to federal regulations regarding maximum authorized train speed limits. The advisory contains four recommendations to…
Educating the future of railway engineering
Railroad engineering education programs, both established and new, are offering a variety of courses and training opportunities for the young and growing workforce.
Rep. Maloney introduces legislation to help passenger railroads fund PTC investment
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) introduced the Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, to help commuter rail lines, such as Metro-North, fund and implement positive train control (PTC) systems.
Transport Canada to improve oversight plan following rail safety audit
The Office of the Auditor General of Canada issued its 2013 Fall Report and criticized Transport Canada's safety management system (SMS) of the nation's rail network saying the department "needs…
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