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U.S. to Investigate Growing Length of Freight Trains as Threat to Safety

The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp, Union Pacific Corp. and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office …

After Fiery Iowa Derailment, Safety Official Calls for Faster Rail Car Upgrades

A federal safety official called on the rail industry to move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers following a fiery train derailment in rural Iowa that spilled ethanol into a creek and was still burning nearly two days after it …

Many Railroads Slow to Adopt Safety Technology Even After Deadline Extension

Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released. The technology, called positive train control or PTC, uses digital …

Investigators Say Amtrak Engineer Was Distracted Before 2015 Philly Crash

The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted in the moments before the accident, U.S. investigators are preparing to conclude at a meeting Tuesday. The National Transportation …

Most Small Railroads to Miss Brake Safety Deadline, Says NHTSA

Only a small number of U.S. railroads will meet the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing new train safety technology that experts say would have prevented the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, officials said on Friday. A report to …

U.S. Issues Final Oil Train Safety Rules

The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The new rule by the Federal Railroad Administration …

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put 2nd Crew Member in Locomotives

The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The …

Amtrak Sued by Train Crash Victims Over Deadly Derailment

Six passengers on an Amtrak train that derailed May 12 in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than 200, sued the railroad claiming the accident could have been avoided. The first of the lawsuits listed injuries suffered by four victims …

Federal Railroad Administration Orders Safety Improvements for Amtrak

Federal regulators ordered Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, to immediately improve safety on its Northeast Corridor route from Washington to Boston. Amtrak must expand the use of technology to control train speeds, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a …

Amtrak Will Resume Northeast Runs Monday as FBI Examines Engine

Amtrak will resume passenger service in the Northeast corridor on Monday, a day earlier than planned, after replacing track near Philadelphia damaged in a fatal derailment last week. The first trains will leave New York’s Penn Station at 5:30 a.m. …