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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

San Joaquin, Calif. agency takes control of local Amtrak line
San Joaquin, Calif. agency takes control of local Amtrak line

August 12, 2015
STOCKTON, Calif. — As of June 29, the Stockton-based San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority has taken control over Amtrak’s San Joaquin Valley train service, considered the fifth-busiest Amtrak corridor in the U.S. with 1.2 million passengers a year, The Sentinel reported. The new agency is headed by a 10-member board of directors, with each representing a different agency and county

As transportation bill stalls, so does proposed Amtrak liability increase
As transportation bill stalls, so does proposed Amtrak liability increase

August 5, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bid to increase the amount that Amtrak can be sued for in the wake of a deadly train crash near Philadelphia has been stalled after the House refused to take up the Senate’s long-term transportation bill, The Hill reported. The six-year transportation-funding bill, which was approved last week by the Senate, would have lifted a cap on Amtrak's liability in accident

Amtrak touts security initiatives in wake of Paris incident
Amtrak touts security initiatives in wake of Paris incident

August 25, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After three Americans subdued an AK-47-wielding gunman on a Paris-bound commuter train, Amtrak is reassuring travelers in the states that the carrier is taking security seriously, ABC News reported. The train operation has implemented a number of security initiatives to improve safety and security for employees and passengers, including the use of explosive detection K

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

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