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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Amtrak to install inward-facing cameras in locomotives
May 27, 2015
Taking an additional measure to improve safety, Amtrak will install inward-facing video cameras in the fleet of ACS-64 locomotives in service on the Northeast Corridor by the end of 2015, and all subsequently delivered locomotives will have the equipment
installed before they go into service.
These systems will be another tool for Amtrak and industry regulators to monitor locomotive
NTSB: No evidence Amtrak engineer was using phone during crash
June 10, 2015
Following analysis of phone records there is no indication that any calls, texts or data usage occurred during the time the engineer of Amtrak Train 188 was operating the train, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Amtrak’s records also confirm the engineer did not access the train’s Wi-Fi system while he was operating the locomotive.
To determine whether