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Metra unveils $2.4 billion modernization plan; 2015 budget includes 10.8 percent fare increase
Chicago's Metra released a long-term, multibillion dollar modernization plan focused on replacing the agency's aging rail cars and locomotives and addressing the ongoing critical need to maintain safe and reliable…
Mizzou professor looks to tackle challenge of why weeds like crossings
A plant scientist at the University of Missouri, Reid Smeda, has been working for more than a decade to help make railroad crossings safer through vegetation management with herbicides.
TSB issues final report on VIA Rail crossing accident; notes safety procedure revisions
In its investigation report, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the May 2013 collision between a VIA Rail Canada passenger train and a tractor-trailer at a private…
NTSB report, recommendations aimed at protecting roadway workers
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a special investigation report on the recent increase in deaths of railroad and rail transit roadway workers on or near tracks and…
Grade crossings in North Carolina, Ohio see work
Work was completed recently on a railroad crossing at the intersection of Andy Griffith Parkway and Rockford Street in Mount Airy, N.C. The old crossing was identified as a safety…
FTA awards nearly $3.6 billion in federal disaster relief funds
The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) awarded 40 projects a total of $3.59 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help public transportation systems in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy…
SEPTA, MTA receive federal funds for storm resiliency
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have been awarded nearly $2 billion in storm resiliency funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). All…
CTA sees decline in trespassing one year after safety campaign launch
One year after launching a campaign focused on rail-customer safety, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has seen a nearly 17 percent drop in the number of reports of people trespassing…
Operation Lifesaver awards 11 grants to transit agencies for “See Tracks? Think Train!” campaigns
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), is awarding $162,500 in grant funds for public awareness and safety education projects involving 11 transit agencies across the United States.
Watco forms safety team; makes appointments to West Region and SKOL
Watco Companies has formed the Watco Safety, Training, and Compliance Team. The company says the team formation is an effort to continually improve focus on its people and customers.
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