ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor View article in its entirety at Railway Age. The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is among those who have submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s draft strategic framework.  Comments on the framework—which will guide USDOT’s work, including implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, over the next five years—were due … Continue reading ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

Infrastructure bill includes NTSB’s rail safety priorities

View article in its entirety at the Progressive Railroading. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress late last week will advance more than a dozen National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety priorities, including those that would impact the rail industry. The NTSB's recommended rail-safety priorities in the bill would:• incorporate the board's recommendations from its investigation into the deadly … Continue reading Infrastructure bill includes NTSB’s rail safety priorities

The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess

View article in its entirety at Desmog.— Author: Justin Mikulka More than a decade ago, fracking took off in the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana, but the oil rush that followed has resulted in major environmental damage, risky oil transportation without regulation, pipeline permitting issues, and failure to produce profits. Now, after all of that, the Bakken oil … Continue reading The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess

Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

View article in its entirety at The New York Times. — By: The Associated Press A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said. Two crew members of the CSX … Continue reading Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

View article in its entirety at The Star. — Author:  Brennan Doherty One of the biggest concerns for engineers is fatigue — and it isn’t confined to one particular company. According to an annual watchlist from the Transportation Safety Board, an independent investigator charged with improving safety practices, sleep-related fatigue issues have been a contributing … Continue reading Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

Network for Responsible Public Policy

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. … Continue reading Network for Responsible Public Policy