The grants will help commuter rail authorities in California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington eliminate hazards at highway-railway crossings.
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The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and is one of 10 agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. Its mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods.
The final rule requires 40 states and the District of Columbia to develop and implement highway-rail grade crossing action plans to improve public safety.
The project involved the installation of 1.5 miles of a new, electrified main line third track, enabling Amtrak to eliminate a previous two track bottleneck.
As of 30 September 2020, approximately 57,314 of the 57,537 route miles subject to the mandate had PTC systems in RSD or in operation.
The final rule includes metrics relating to Amtrak's on-time performance and train delays, customer service and station performance.
The High Speed Rail Alliance is driving the conversation for high-speed trains across North America. Executive Director, Rick Harnish, writes that now is the time to push forward a vision for – and to demand – high‑speed rail.
The 'Stop. Trains Can’t.' campaign will work to educate drivers on the safe use of rail grade and high-risk highway-railway crossings across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced a huge funding package for rail infrastructure upgrades and enhanced rail safety measures for projects in Alaska and South Dakota.
The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and intercity passenger service.
The Texas high-speed line has received the Rule of Particular Applicability and the Record of Decision, moving it one step closer to the beginning of construction.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has submitted to the Federal Register a final rule allowing railroads to use ultrasonic inspection technology, augmented with global positioning system (GPS) technology, to employ continuous rail testing.
A quarterly update on the implementation of PTC on U.S. railroads has outlined that 98.8 per cent of the 57,537 route miles are now in RSD or operation.
As the first of its kind, the new guidance document places the U.S. one step closer to the development of hyperloop across the country.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded more than half a million dollars in Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grants to law enforcement agencies to support life-saving trespass abatement in six states.
Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor for Safety at the International Union of Railways (UIC), writes that, to better address risks at level crossings, soft or harder measures must be taken not only by the railways, but also by the road sector and relevant authorities.