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Charges Dismissed Again in Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak Crash

For the second time, a Philadelphia judge has dismissed all criminal charges filed against an Amtrak engineer in a deadly high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight and injured about 200 people. The decision Tuesday followed defense arguments that any …

Lagging on Safety System, New Jersey Transit Nixed for Federal Grant

New Jersey Transit has been rejected for additional federal money as it scrambles to install a required safety system by year’s end. The Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday announced more than $200 million in grants for 28 railroads to implement …

New York, New Jersey PATH Stations to Close on Weekends to Meet Safety Goal

Several PATH rail stations will close on weekends during the next four months to accommodate work on installing a federally required emergency braking system. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said its World Trade Center and Exchange …

Safety Deadline Looming, New Jersey Transit Aiming for Extension

New Jersey transit officials said Tuesday they hope to earn a two-year extension of a federally mandated deadline for installing an emergency braking system on their rail lines. With an initial deadline six months away, New Jersey Transit basically made …

Federal Officials Say Maryland Train Could Miss Safety Deadline

The Federal Railroad Administration has warned Maryland officials the state’s train system is at risk of failing to meet a congressional deadline to install a mandatory safety system by the end of the year. WRC-TV reported that it obtained copies …

Report Shows Far to Go for NJ Transit to Hit Safety Deadline

New Jersey Transit had installed a federally mandated emergency braking system on less than 10 percent of its fleet of locomotives nine months before the deadline, according to a progress report covering the first quarter of this year. The report …

NJ Transit to Reduce Trains to Try and Meet Safety Deadline

New Jersey Transit said Thursday it will reduce its train service over the next several months as it tries to install a federally mandated safety system by a Dec. 31 deadline. Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration sent a letter …

Amtrak Failed to Observe Speed Warnings Before Fatal Maryland Crash

Five months ago, in a scathing report on a 2016 accident in which two track workers were killed, U.S. safety investigators urged Amtrak to slow its trains when they pass work crews. The nation’s passenger rail service didn’t follow the …

Amtrak: NJ Transit Trains Could Be Banned from New York

Amtrak could prevent New Jersey Transit trains from entering New York if NJ Transit doesn’t finish installing positive train control. Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson told a House subcommittee that Amtrak is worried passengers are being put at risk …

Railroads Urged to Accelerate Installation of Safety System

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urged the nation’s railroads and transit agencies to take all possible measures to meet deadlines to install a safety system called positive train control (PTC) to prevent crashes. Letters dated Dec. 27, which were made …