Rail

Safety of lone-engineer operations should be evaluated, said NTSB

Posted on November 28, 2001

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday urged the Federal Railroad Administration to evaluate safety requirements imposed by the Canadian government on lone-engineer operations and to implement any of them that might be useful for U.S. railroads that use such operations on track that lack anti-collision technology. The recommendation is included in the NTSB's final report of a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a freight train nine months ago that injured more than 60 people. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident to be the Amtrak engineer's inattention to the operation of the train, which led to his failure to recognize and comply with the speed limit imposed by the governing wayside signal, and the lack of any safety redundancy system capable of preventing a collision in the event of human failure. Although Amtrak has had lone-engineer operations for decades, the NTSB said that it is concerned that such operations without the protections of positive train control (PTC) provide no protection against human error. With a PTC, a train would come to a stop if the engineer failed to properly operate the train in conformance with signal indications.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Amtrak CEO calls for new era of infrastructure investment

Moorman outlined projects that warrant significant investment including construction of the Portal North Bridge and new Hudson Tunnels in New Jersey.

Bill introduced requiring greater transparency about train safety audits

The measure was unveiled by two House Representatives from New Jersey, where it was found after a deadly crash in September that NJ Transit was the subject of a deep federal audit.

City to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT over light rail expansion plans

Mercer Island residents — even when driving solo — have had access to I-90's high-occupancy vehicle lanes, however later this year when construction gets underway to add light rail across the I-90 express lanes, that access will go away.

Wash. state Governor budgets $1M to study high-speed rail

The study would come at a time when transit agencies and departments of transportation around the U.S. are watching President Donald Trump for signs of what they can expect in terms of federal funding in the next four years.

UW-Madison team wins Innovation Award in Hyperloop competition

The team competed against 30 teams from colleges and universities from around the world in the second phase of SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod competition.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close