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Canada Should Require Stronger Rail Cars for Crude Before 2025 Deadline: Official

Canada ought to require stronger tank cars for transporting flammable liquids sooner than the current deadline in 2025, Transportation Safety Board Chair Kathy Fox said on Thursday, noting that crude-by-rail shipments are expected to rise in the country. “We understand …

Latest Amtrak Crash Highlights Upcoming Rail Safety Deadline

Only about a quarter of U.S. railroad tracks that carry passenger trains have an anti-crash system that safety officials say could have prevented a fatal weekend crash, even though a year-end deadline to finish installing it is just months away. …

Trump Effort to Roll Back Rail Safety Rules Questioned Following Amtrak Crash

As investigators sift through the wreckage of this week’s Amtrak train crash in Washington state, critics have begun questioning President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to roll back or delay finalizing U.S. rail safety regulations. Making American railroads safer drew renewed …

Iowa Rail Safety Study: Dubuque County Vulnerable for Another Spill

A recent Iowa rail safety study says Dubuque County remains vulnerable to crude oil or biofuels spills more than a year after several railcars carrying ethanol derailed along the Mississippi River. The state’s Department of Transportation and Homeland Security and …

Chicago’s Metra Rail to Miss 2018 Rail Safety Technology Deadline

The Metra commuter railroad will miss a 2018 deadline for installing safety technology on all of its Chicago-area routes, but said it still expects to meet its obligations under a federal law requiring the expensive and complex updates. Metra is …

Canada Lays New Charges Against Railway in Lac-Megantic Derailment

The Canadian government has hit Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. with fresh charges over a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people. The charges were laid Monday against the company and its president, Robert Grindrod, according to Zach Segal, a …

Canada Aims to Finalize Oil Tank Car Standards by End of April: Minister

The Canadian government would like to finalize specifications for a new version of the tank cars used to transport crude oil by rail by the end of this month, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Tuesday. In the wake …

CN Railway’s Safety Record Deteriorated in 2014 Due to Poor Track Conditions

Canadian National Railway’s safety record deteriorated sharply in 2014, reversing years of improvements, as accidents in Canada blamed on poor track conditions hit their highest level in more than five years, a Reuters analysis has found. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board …

Canada Transport Watchdog to Introduce New Tank Cars Ahead of Schedule

Canada’s transportation watchdog said that recent fiery derailments of trains hauling crude oil mean a new generation of stronger tanker wagons should be introduced ahead of schedule. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is probing two accidents within the last month …

Canada Proposes Tough New Oil Tank Car Standards

Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery …