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FRA releases $50M for positive train control

Rail| November 19, 2010
Awards vary in size and scope ranging from $500,000 to $2M , and include private corporations, academic institutions and public authorities. Recipients include Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Amtrak and New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Operation Lifesaver launches new Website

Rail| November 4, 2010
New features include rotating scenarios illustrating the statistic that about every three hours in the U.S., a vehicle or person is hit by a train; and simplified navigation through six main categories, and "quick links" to popular pages from the home page.
Rail| October 12, 2010

Valley Metro unveils driver safety train wrap

The wrap showcases a bold, yet simple, public safety message: “Stop on Red.” Obeying traffic signals is key to safely sharing the road with the 20-mile, in-street light rail system.
Rail| September 13, 2010

Amtrak joins FRA ‘Close Call’ program

Amtrak is the fourth railroad to join the Confidential Close Call Reporting System. Under the program, employees can report “close call” incidents that did not result in an accident without fear of sanction or penalty from the railroad or the federal government.
Rail| July 16, 2010

"The Gap Rap" MTA Long Island Rail Road

The "Gap Rap" video, featuring Dr. John Clark, MTA Long Island Rail Road's Medical Director, is the latest effort by the rail system to raise awareness of the gap between trains and station platforms.

Rail| June 24, 2010

Calgary considering new platform security measures

The review comes as police say they are still in the early stages of the investigation into the death of a three-year-old boy.
Rail| June 23, 2010

Committee formed to advise FTA on national safety standards

Group will guide the FTA’s safety rulemaking agenda if the final legislation is passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.
Rail| May 17, 2010

Feds ban electronic device use by on-duty rail staff

Prohibits use if it interferes with that employee’s or another employee’s performance of safety-related duties. Railroad operating employees would be permitted to use cell phones or similar electronic devices under highly limited circumstances.
Rail| April 28, 2010

Chairman Oberstar to receive rail safety award

Oberstar was the primary sponsor of the Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2008, which directed the Federal Railroad Administration to "make safety in railroad transportation the highest priority in carrying out its duties."
Rail| April 13, 2010

Transit Systems Target Rail Safety

With the upcoming 2015 deadline for installation, positive train control systems are a main focus for rail operators. Train car technologies that reduce passenger injuries in a collision and other security systems are also in the works.

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