Bells & Whistles—New details on Sound Transit hi-rail accident

Federal funding allocations announced for four transit infrastructure projects. More details emerge from Sound Transit hi-rail accident. FRA announces rail inspection technology rule to improve track safety. MBTA approves $403.5 million for

Federal Railroad Administration announces rail inspection technology rule to improve track safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today submitted to the Federal Register a final rule allowing railroads to use ultrasonic inspection technology, augmented with global positioning system (GPS) technology,

Moses Lake, Wash., ready to begin track upgrade and new track construction

Thou shall build and refurbish. Moses Lake, Wash., received some very good news this week when the Federal Railroad Administration approved a revised Northern Columbia Basin Railroad project and announced it will

Process has begun to permanently close railroad lift bridge in New Jersey

Amtrak wants to dock the Dock Bridge, which crosses the Passaic River in Harrison, N.J. The 85-year-old structure is a massive twin span lift bridge that carries six lines of tracks, and

FRA encouraged by significant advancements in PTC implementation

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a quarterly status update on railroads’ self-reported progress, as of June 30, 2020, toward fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems by Dec. 31,

Precision scheduled railroading: Longer trains means dramatic derailments

Having worked in the industry for 50 years, if you consider my postretirement involvement, I will be the first to admit that today’s railroads are, in many respects, much safer than they

Bells & Whistles—5/29/20

Officials believe the Gateway Project should be funded in the next stimulus bill. Federal Railroad Administration awards $302.6 million in grants. Austin voters might be reluctant to pass tax hike for Project

Crews to work on verticals of railroad bridges in Mich.

A pair of railroad bridges in Jackson, Mich., will increase their vertical. Work on the Jackson Street and Mechanic Street bridges is set to begin on June 1. The Jackson Street bridge,

U.S. DOT announces $302.6 million in State of Good Repair grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the recipients of more than $302 million in grant funds under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership

Train derails in residential area and it will take days to clear scene

A train on the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad line derailed in East Aurora, N.Y., late at night on April 18, and residents in 41 homes had to be evacuated as police and