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FRA Announces $73 Million Available for Rail Capital Projects and Operating Assistance

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is accepting applications for $73 million in grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include the implementation of positive train control, improved highway-rail grade crossings, and congestion mitigation.“These grants are important resources in the Department’s...

U.S. Department of Transportation Statement on Amtrak Special Train 923

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the following statement regarding today’s incident in Crozet, Virginia.“The Federal Railroad Administration team is on its way to the site to respond to the incident and to offer support to the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. We are grateful for the first responders and...

Statement on Amtrak Cascades Train 501

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation released the following statement regarding the derailment of Amtrak Cascades Train 501 in the state of Washington.“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this tragic event. We want to commend the first responders and all who assisted.  The Department dispatched an experienced team of 15 experts from the Federal Rail Administration. We are monitoring closely the situation, coordinating with the State of Washington and...

U.S. DOT Launches New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad

$7 million digital, TV and radio campaign targets group at highest risk  
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad targeting young male motorists and encouraging them to act cautiously at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and...

FRA Proposes Safety Standard Updates to Allow for High-Speed Passenger Trains

Provides new path for passenger safety to be evaluated and achieved Agency invites comments on proposal 
WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today proposed updates for the passenger train safety standards used in the United States as the country looks to add high-speed trains that can travel up to 220 miles per hour and replace its aging passenger fleet. The proposed updates represent nearly a decade of work by FRA’s passenger rail...

FRA Issues New Rule Requiring Passenger Railroads to Proactively Identify and Reduce Safety Risks

 Will help passenger railroads achieve next level of safetyWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a new final rule which requires passenger railroads to proactively identify potential safety hazards across their operations and work to reduce and mitigate them.  The rule will help prevent potential safety problems from escalating and resulting in incidents, injuries, or deaths.“Operating a railroad safely requires...

News Digest DOT 96-16

PHMSA Seeks Comment on Insurance for Railroad Carriers Transporting Hazardous Materials.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a notice and request for comment on the levels and structure of insurance for railroad carriers transporting hazardous materials. PHMSA is partnering with the Office of Research and Technology and the Volpe Center to conduct a study to better understand the financial risks involved with transporting...

Federal Railroad Administrator: We All Must Do More to Prevent Fatalities at Railroad Crossings

Calls on Congress, railroads, states, tech companies, and others to take greater action WASHINGTON – In a statement to the railroad industry, states, tech companies and Congress, the Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg today called for greater action to prevent fatalities at the nation’s more than 200,000 railroad crossings. During the last six weeks, there have been three significant incidents, in addition to others, that have killed parents and their children when...

FRA Approves Passenger Rail Blueprint to Connect Boston and New Haven to Montreal, Add Service for Central Massachusetts

One new route would run from Boston through Springfield, Mass. to New Haven; two additional routes would connect Montreal to Boston, New Haven

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (Initiative).  The finding clears the way for states and the federal government to invest in future passenger rail service in...

FRA and TxDOT Outline Passenger Rail Options Between Oklahoma City and Southern Texas, Seek Public Input

Public hearings and comment period on 10 proposed options to beginWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have released 10 service and route options for new and improved conventional and high-speed passenger rail service connecting Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and South Texas.  The options are evaluated in a Draft...