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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

FRA Issues Emergency Order In Response To Metro-North Tragedy

Monday, December 09, 2013

On Friday, the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) issued an emergency order in response to the Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW) accident that occurred on December 1st. The order requires Metro-North to modify its existing signal system to ensure speed limits are obeyed and provide two qualified employees to operate trains where the speed restrictions are in place until the signal system is updated.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is quoted in the FRA’s press release as stating: “Safety is our highest priority, and we must do everything we can to learn from this tragic crash, and help prevent future derailments.”

FRA Administer Joseph C. Szabo was also quoted as stating: “Even with a 43 percent decline in train accidents nation-wide over the past decade, we must remain steadfast and vigilant to ensure passengers and employees are safe. The public deserves better and our mission is to drive continuous safety improvements.”

The FRA’s press release can be found here.

By Matt Darby

Conrail Responds To Paulsboro Lawsuit

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Consolidated Rail Corporatoin (Conrail) had responded to a lawsuit filed by Plaintiffs claiming damages arising from the Paulsboro, New Jersey derailment that occurred on November 30, 2012. That derailment resulted in the release of more 100,000 pounds of vinyl chloride gas. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey claims, amongst other things, that Plaintiffs are entiled to medical monitoring to detect any long-term effects they might suffer from their exposure to the vinyl chloride gas. Conrail has filed with the Court a motion to dismiss this claim and the claim of trespass from the vinyl chloride.

A link to yesterday’s article can be found here.

By Matt Darby

Amtrak Injury Report

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Amtrak injury report is called a NRPC 260. It is important that the form be completed accurately and completely. Any information regarding the cause of the injury should be included.

The important sections of the NRPC 260 are:

  • Descibe fully how the accident occurred: In this section, it is important to provide a brief description of what happened.
  • Describe cause of accident: In this section, it is important to list any defective equipment, unsafe conditions or other factors that may have caused or contributed to your injury. Do not include any extra information that is not relevant to the cause of your injury.
  • Describe injury/ Illness: In this section, it is important to list any areas of your body in which you are feeling pain or discomfort. The railroad may argue that any area of your body not listed in this section was not injured in the accident.

It is important to obtain a copy of your report. Refer to the report if questioned at a later time about the injury.

By Matt Darby

FRA Shuts Down Due To Lack Of Appropriations

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Federal Rail Administration (FRA) is a victim of the federal government shutdown: read about it here.

By Matt Darby

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