Amtrak investigation turns to why equipment on tracks

NTSB investigators do not know why a backhoe was on a track the train was using. Scheduling, the track structure and the work being performed at the time of the accident would be part of the investigation.

$25M available for PTC implementation

The funding is part of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds the U.S. Department of Transportation.

NEC service back up after Amtrak train strikes backhoe

In a press briefing held Sunday afternoon, NTSB officials said they were looking at speed, mechanical operations and signaling on the tracks to determine what went wrong. The crash killed two and injured dozens more.

MBTA Conductors receive iPhones to keep passengers informed

The smartphones are programmed with apps specially designed by Keolis with data on schedules, on-time performance and service disruptions.

Handling New Hires with Prior Driving Experience

One topic I have heard discussed in some circles is regarding the amount of training to administer to new-hire candidates that bring some past driving experience with transport vehicles (paratransit, shuttle, etc.).

Making trains safer through advanced communication networks

Communications networks that railway operators have depended on for decades are quickly becoming obsolete and increasingily difficult to maintain and/or replace.

Texas operator withdraws its appeal of FMCSA shutdown order

The Irving-based charter operation illegally operated 10 unsafe motorcoaches to transport perhaps as many as 500 passengers from Dallas to Philadelphia and back for Pope Francis' September 2015 U.S. visit.

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