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Amtrak's CEO pledges to implement PTC in wake of crash
Amtrak's CEO pledges to implement PTC in wake of crash

June 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman pledged to lawmakers that the rail system will implement positive train control, reported AP. Amtrak had already installed the technology on tracks it owns in the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, but it wasn't in operation when Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188 entered a curve in Philadelphia at 106 mph on May 12. The speed

[Video] NTSB Media Briefing #3 on Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia
[Video] NTSB Media Briefing #3 on Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia

May 19, 2015
Member Sumwalt's Third Media Briefing on Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia, PA 5/14/ 2015

NTSB photos: Amtrak #188 derailment site in Philadelphia
NTSB photos: Amtrak #188 derailment site in Philadelphia

May 13, 2015
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt served as the principal...

[Video] B-Roll of Scene of Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia
[Video] B-Roll of Scene of Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia

May 13, 2015
National Transportation Safety Board B-Roll of Scene of Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia. Published May 13, 2015

Amtrak ordered to control Northeast Corridor train speed
Amtrak ordered to control Northeast Corridor train speed

May 22, 2015
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The order is the latest in a series of actions the FRA has taken in the wake of last week’s derailment of Amtrak Train #188. FRA also announced its intention to take additional actions in the coming days to address

[Video] NTSB Media Briefing #2 on Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia
[Video] NTSB Media Briefing #2 on Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia

May 15, 2015
During a second media briefing on the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, NSTB Member Robert Sumwalt discusses findings from the vehicle cameras and...

Amtrak had necessary spectrum to install PTC before crash
Amtrak had necessary spectrum to install PTC before crash

May 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amtrak and the Federal Communications Commission said that less than a month before eight people were killed in last week's train derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak closed on a deal to acquire the radio spectrum it needs to install positive train control (PTC) throughout the Northeast Corridor, The Inquirer reported. The equipment needed for PTC — transponders

Amtrak testing PTC on New York-to-D.C. line
Amtrak testing PTC on New York-to-D.C. line

June 12, 2015
NEW YORK — Amtrak won government approval to test positive train control (PTC) between New York and Washington, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned the system could face "harmful interference" from rival freight railroad systems along another busy track between Boston and New Haven, Conn., Reuters reported. The National Transportation Safety Board said PTC would have

Lack of PTC could force Amtrak to leave Kansas City
Lack of PTC could force Amtrak to leave Kansas City

February 4, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the state not able to pay to install positive train control (PTC), Amtrak sent a letter to the Kansas City Terminal Railroad to notify it of its intention to terminate local Amtrak service, reported KMBC. Michelle Teel of the Missouri Department of Transportation testified in Washington last week, saying that Missouri pays for Amtrak service and the state doesn

NJ Transit to vote on inward facing cameras on locomotives, railcars
NJ Transit to vote on inward facing cameras on locomotives, railcars

July 14, 2015
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Transit board members will vote on a $7 million contract Wednesday to install inward facing cameras in locomotives and railcars with engineer's cabs, NJ Advance Media reported. Inward facing cameras were recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after several train crashes, including Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia that killed eight

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