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Stepped-Up Enforcement Leads to Federal Railroad Administration’s Highest Penalty Collection Rate
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that its stepped-up enforcement of railroad safety regulations led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the agency will collect 75 percent of all civil penalties it...
Report Shows Most Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and shows that after seven years and significant assistance from FRA, most railroads will...
AAR: Statistics confirm rail safety advancements
Latest safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April confirmed 2014 was the safest year on record for freight train operations in the United States, according to the Association of American Railroads.Highlights of FRA freight rail safety data (per million train...
Federal Railroad Administration Issues Directive to Replace Unapproved Tank Car Valves
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Railworthiness Directive requiring railroad tank car owners to replace unapproved valves currently installed in some tank cars.  The valves in question are UNNR ball valves manufactured and sold by...
NTSB Urgent: 'Alerters' Watching for Human Engagement Should Not Be Misled by Automated Functions
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board has issued urgent safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration, the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the American Public Transportation Association to help...
NTSB Recommends Revising Track Safety Standards for Commuter Railroads
The National Transportation Safety Board have issued recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration and Metro-North Railroad. The recommendation to FRA is to remove the current inspection exemption for high-density commuter railroads and require all railroads to traverse each main track...
Hersman Announces Slight Rise in 2012 Transportation Fatalities; Aviation, Pipeline and Marine Death
Transportation fatalities in the United States increased by three percent in 2012 from 2011, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board.The data indicate that transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012, compared to 34,551 in...
Hands-On Training Feature of Union Pacific's Ethanol Safety Conference
Hands-on safety training was a key feature at Union Pacific's recent ethanol rail safety conference. Approximately 90 participants representing more than 15 ethanol shippers traveled from a 500-mile radius to participate.Joined by equipment supplier GATX, Union Pacific educated customers on...
Union Pacific Employees Achieve Record 2012 Safety Performance
Union Pacific Railroad's 2012 employee safety performance was the best in the company's 150-year history. Employees achieved a 1.01 reportable injury rate, surpassing the previous best of 1.15 established in 2011. From 2002-2012, Union Pacific employees improved their reportable injury...
Rail random alcohol, drug test-rate static for 2013
From UTU................Random alcohol and drug testing rates for railroad workers in safety sensitive positions will remain at the same rate during 2013 as 2012.The Federal Railroad Administration said that because the random alcohol testing violation rate has remained below 0.5 percent for the...

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