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Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

May 12, 2016 | Railway Age | In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

April 22, 2016 | WPR | Thanks to a law that took effect earlier this year, a number of Wisconsin officials have been requesting and receiving bridge inspection reports from railroads. However, those officials say that the documents they’re receiving are coming up short with specifics. The Federal Railroad Administration has received 42 requests for rail […]

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Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

April 20, 2016 | WXOW | The Federal Railroad Administration has released a proposal to require all freight and passenger trains across the country to operate with a crew of no fewer than two people. The proposed mandate follows a year with a number of train derailments and accidents including one in Quebec that killed […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

March 1, 2016 | Legislative Gazette | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration successfully inspected crude oil tank cars and rails that transport oil across the state. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 […]

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Audit Faults FRA

Audit Faults FRA

February 26, 2016 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released Friday by a government watchdog. The Federal Railroad Administration routinely applies […]

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New Federal System Allows Local Officials To Request Rail Bridge Safety Information

New Federal System Allows Local Officials To Request Rail Bridge Safety Information

February 23, 2015 | WPR News | State and local government officials who want access to rail bridge inspection reports will soon be able to send digital requests to federal regulators. Concerns about trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous material over aging bridges have prompted Congress to grant local and state leaders access to […]

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Regulators Tighten Enforcement of Rail-Safety Rules

Regulators Tighten Enforcement of Rail-Safety Rules

January 20, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal | Federal regulators are enforcing rail-safety rules more stringently, issuing more alleged violations against Amtrak and freight carriers amid worries over shipping crude oil and hazardous chemicals. The Federal Railroad Administration leveled 6,485 violations carrying civil penalties against railroads in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up […]

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There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

January 18, 2016 | Desmog | “Railroad rules have been written in blood.” This line was included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Railroads for the state of Michigan — in 1901. The idea was that safety rules were only implemented when enough blood had been spilled. One hundred and fifteen years later, in […]

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Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

January 12, 2016 | The News and Advance| Bakken crude oil shipments by rail have fallen with oil prices, but danger along Virginia’s rails has not gone away, members of the Railroad Safety and Security Task Force said. The task force called by Governor Terry McAuliffe after the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed in downtown […]

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