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Partner Matt Darby Joins ARLA Board

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Partner Matt Darby has recently been elected a board member of ARLA. ARLA, the Acadamy of Rail Labor Attorneys, is a professional association of plaintiffs’ attorneys whose practice includes the representation of railroad workers and their families under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). To read more about ARLA click here.

By Matt Darby

NTSB Release Video Of Its Amtrak Derailment Investigation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Earlier today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released video concerning its investigation of the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment.

Watch it here.

By Matt Darby

NTSB Confirms That Derailed Amtrak Train Was Traveling More Than 100 MPH

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The NTSB confirmed in a Tweet earlier today that the Amtrak train involved in yesterday’s derailment in Philadelphia was traveling more than 100 MPH. This was more than twice the speed permitted in the location where the derailment occurred.

By Matt Darby

No Positive Train Control In The Location Of The Amtrak Derailment

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer indicated that Amtrak had not installed Positive Train Control in the location of yesterdays derailment.

A link to that report is here.

By Matt Darby

Positive Train Control Update

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The April edition of Progressive Railroading has an article regarding the status of the implementation of positive train control (PTC). The article raises some serious questions as to whether the Nation’s railroads will have PTC implemented by the federally mandated December 2015 deadline.

A link to the article can be found here.

By Matt Darby

FRA To Issue Proposed Rule On Minimum Train Crew Size

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Today the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) issued a press release indicating that it intends to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew standards for other freight and passenger rail operations. FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo was quoted in the press release as stating: “We believe that safety is enhanced with the use of multiple person crews – safety dictates that you never allow a single point of failure.” He went on to state that “Ensuring that trains are adequately staffed for the type of service operated is critically important to ensure safety redundancy.”

A link to the FRA press release can be found here.

By Matt Darby

Reuters Reports That Paralyzed Passenger Has Sued Over Metro-North Crash

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Reuters has reported that a 39 year old Metro-North passenger who was paralyzed as a result of the December 1, 2013 crash has sued for $100,000,000.00. Samuel Rivera, an employee of Metro-North, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was left a quadriplegic. His doctors feel that his condition is permanent and it is unlikely that he will ever regain the ability to move his limbs. Rivera’s lawsuit is the seventh resulting from the crash. The Reuters article can be found here.

The Wall Street Journal reported about the first lawsuit filed in connection with the about it here.

By Matt Darby

FRA Launches Inspection Of Metro-North

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Federal Rail Administration (FRA) has been busy over the last couple of weeks. Last week, in the wake of the December 1st commuter rail tragedy in New York it announced an emergency order concerning Metro-North Commuter Rail’s speed compliance. Article here.

On Wednesday, it issued an industry-wide advisory regarding speed restrictions. Article here.

Yesterday, it announced that it will be performing a 60-day compressive safety assessment of Metro-North. The assessment has been named “Operation Deep Dive” and will begin on December 16, 2013. It will involve FRA technical and human factors experts that will review safety-critical procedures and processes at Metro-North. Once the assessment is completed, the FRA will issue a report with findings and recommendations. The FRA’s press release regarding Operation Deep Dive can be found here.

By Matt Darby

FRA Issues New Industry-Wide Advisory Concerning Speed Restrictions

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Today the FRA (Federal Rail Administration) issued an industry-wide safety advisory concerning compliance with speed restrictions. This advisory came less than one week after the FRA issued an emergency order directed to the Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW) requiring it to take steps to ensure its operators obey speed limits.

A link to the FRA’s press release regarding the advisory can be found here.

By Matt Darby

2 Killed In Collision WIth MARC Commuter Rail

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Yesterday, two people were killed in Baltimore as a the result of collision between a car and a MARC commuter rail. None of the train’s crew or any of passengers were injured.

A link to the news story can be found here.

By Matt Darby

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