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Amtrak seeking money for track tampering tech

Rail| May 19, 2011
Agency has increased security since documents seized from Osama Bin Laden's compound revealed al-Qaida planned to derail trains in the U.S.

Is public transit security tough enough?

| May 11, 2011
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer proposed "no-ride" lists for U.S. domestic trains, similar to the no-fly lists used in aviation, following intelligence discovered at Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Federal rail safety group focuses on oversight, planning

Secretary LaHood created the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety in 2009 after a series of accidents in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco and Boston raised widespread concern regarding the safety of rail transit passengers and employees.
Rail| April 26, 2011

Chinese high-speed train safety under scrutiny

Last week, the new leadership at the Railways Ministry announced that the top speed of all trains was being decreased from about 218 mph to 186 to enhance safety.
Rail| April 19, 2011

Amtrak looks to rail fans for security help

Soliciting through a "neighborhood watch style program" the efforts of people who are already watching the trains to keep an eye on suspicious activity on trains and around stations and tracks.
February 25, 2011

OCTA CEO: The coveted 'quiet zone'

This month in Orange County, Calif., one of the nation’s most comprehensive rail safety enhancement programs ushers in a new era of silence around our railroad tracks. The program is in direct response to the concerns of residents who have been experiencing an increase in rail traffic and the corresponding noise that comes from federal safety requirements.
Rail| January 24, 2011

MARTA selects Alstom for signaling

Will implement a seamlessly integrated operational platform that will direct train movement, control traction power, and monitor station and other auxiliary functions.
Rail| November 19, 2010

FRA releases $50M for positive train control

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.
Rail| November 4, 2010

Operation Lifesaver launches new Website

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.

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