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House T&I Dems intro PTC funding, final deadline bill Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) introduced legislation Jan. 11 aimed at speeding up the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology that could prevent catastrophic human-caused rail accidents.  

ncdot’s-largest-rail-infrastructure-improvement-program-wraps-up
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is celebrating the completion of the state's largest program of rail infrastructure improvements after seven years.     The Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP) is intended to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency...
amtrak-names-hylander-as-evp-chief-safety-officer
Amtrak has appointed Ken Hylander to serve as executive vice president and chief safety officer.     Hylander was previously chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and served as the chief safety officer at Delta Air Lines. Under his...
penndot-aims-to-put-the-brakes-on-human-trafficking
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Jan. 9 that it has signed the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge.     PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards encouraged the public to take part...
fta-approval-advances-kc-streetcar-extension-to-development-phase
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given official authorization to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) as well as the City of Kansas City, Mo., (KCMO) to...
ntsb-preliminary-report-on-amtrak-501-accident-says-ptc-would-have-prevented-over-speed
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report on the Amtrak 501 accident in Washington state and explains that positive train control (PTC) could have prevented the over speed condition. The train, which was...

sec-chao-urges-swift-ptc-implementation-among-us-railroads
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao sent a form letter to 47 Class 1, intercity and state and local transit authorities to stress the urgency and importance of implementing positive train control (PTC)...
progress-rail-acquires-italian-signal-provider
Progress Rail has acquired ECM S.p.A., an international signal solutions and technologies provider, in a transaction that officially closed Jan. 2.     Based in Pistoia, Italy, ECM says it has provided signal technologies for the infrastructure industry...
feds-what-gateway-agreement?
Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams outlined a series of concerns regarding an updated financial plan for the Hudson Tunnel project in a letter to New York State Director of Budget Robert Mujica...
mta-unveils-19-finalists-for-genius-challenge
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released the names of the 19 finalists in three categories as part of "The MTA Genius Transit Challenge."   The Genius Challenge was launched in May and seeks to identify innovative solutions...
fecr-offers-safety-training-for-emergency-responders
Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) recently provided training for emergency responders on railway safety issues associated with various equipment used in daily rail operations.     The training took place in Florida's Volusia and Palm Beach counties. FECR...

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