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.
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.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation released the following statement regarding the derailment of Amtrak Cascades Train 501 in the state of Washington.
Will help passenger railroads achieve next level of safety
WASHINGTON – 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.
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 hazardous materials by rail.
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 struck by a train at crossings.
One new route would run from Boston through Springfield, Mass. to New Haven; two additional routes would connect Montreal to Boston, New Haven
Public hearings and comment period on 10 proposed options to begin
WASHINGTON – 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 Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Part of continued, increased focus on reducing fatalities at railroad crossings
Administrator urges increased cooperation, highlights funding opportunities, offers FRA expertise
Agency seeks more input in two public forums on revised proposal