MBTA in hot water with FTA

MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities have been called out by the Federal Transit Administration for safety violations.

NTSB continues pushing for rail worker safety

In the last 25 years, nearly 500 railroad workers have been killed while doing their jobs. Nearly 150,000 have been injured. The NTSB is trying to do something about it.

Bells & Whistles—NTSB determines cause of Tempe train derailment

The top news stories of the week.

NTSB determines cause of Union Pacific derailment in Tempe, Ariz.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its completed investigation report on a Union Pacific derailment that occurred nearly two years ago. The derailment cased a hazardous material release and fire.

Operation Lifesaver celebrates 50 years of rail safety education

Rail safety education is a necessity in Colorado and throughout the nation. Every 3 hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

Alberta’s grade crossing network waving a red flag

There are plenty of flashing lights when it comes to Alberta’s railroad grade crossings.

MTA to begin final phase of critical track replacement work in Queens next month

MTA announced that crews will begin the final phase of a multi-phase project, replacing approximately 2.4 miles of track on the J and Z lines between the 121 St and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations in Queens.

Bells & Whistles—Metrolinx contractor used push box during rail construction

The top news stories RT&S was following the week ending June 3.

Canadian National train collides with hot air balloon

While a subject like this is not within our normal purview of coverage, the unusual nature of it is worth reporting.

While parts for safety system sit in Germany, FTA’s safety probe of MBTA’s safety management continues; another accident on June 1

While investigators are on-site trying to figure out what caused a crash on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Green Line on June 1, the company behind the installation of a new safety package was explaining why parts are thousands of miles away in Germany.