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NTSB Releases Its Final Report on 2012 N.J. Freight Train Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on systemic flaws leading up to a 2012 train derailment that leaked a dangerous gas in southern New Jersey. The report issued Tuesday was approved by the NTSB last month, …

Cleanup at Arkansas Train Crash Site Ongoing

An important highway in northeast Arkansas could stay closed into next week as crews clean up the wreckage left from a head-on train collision, a highway official said. Two railroad workers were killed and two others were injured when the …

N.J. Senator Calls for More Railroad Safety Standards

A U.S. senator from New Jersey is calling for tougher penalties for railroads that violate safety rules among other changes he’s proposing to try to prevent accidents involving hazardous materials. Democrat Robert Menendez says his plan is in response to …

Metro-North Railroad Says Most Safety Upgrades Are Complete

Metro-North Railroad, the nation’s second-largest commuter rail system, on Wednesday released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year and said it has completed most of its priorities. In a …

Report: Federal Inspectors Found 7,100 Metro-North Defects Over Last Decade

A Connecticut newspaper reports that federal inspectors found more than 7,100 defects and deficiencies in the Metro-North Railroad over the last decade, but records show regulators launched an investigation only after two high-profile accidents last year. In an open records …

Federal Report: N.Y. Metro-North Railroad Allowed Safety to Erode

The second-largest U.S. commuter railroad allowed safety to erode while pushing to keep its trains on time, resulting in a lax culture of inadequate inspections, poor training and inappropriate cellphone use, according to a stinging federal report prompted by a …

Feds to Examine New York’s Metro-North Railroad for 2 Months

Federal experts will spend the next two months examining safety compliance and safety culture at a commuter railroad that operated a train that derailed and killed four people this month.The effort will assess a broad range of practices at Metro-North …

NTSB: Technology Upgrade Likely Could Have Prevented N.Y. Train Derailment

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they’ve been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York.The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called positive train control would …

Audit Targets Safety on New York State Railroad Bridges

The New York State’s Department of Transportation lacked records to show adequate and updated safety plans and inspections for many railroad bridges statewide, according to an audit being released by the state comptroller’s office. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli tells The Associated …

New York Train Wreck Could Be Case of Highway Hypnosis

It’s sometimes called highway hypnosis or white-line fever, and it’s familiar to anyone who has driven long distances along a monotonous route.Drivers are lulled into a semi-trance state and reach their destination with little or no memory of parts of …