Topic : Federal Railroad Administration

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Calif. High Speed Rail Authority seeks Buy America exemption for train parts

Rail| November 16, 2016

The rail authority’s 2016 business plan estimated the trains would cost about $3.4 billion, making them one of the most expensive parts of the system.

Denver RTD granted extension of waiver for university rail line ops

Rail| November 2, 2016

The agency and its contract builder and operator Denver Transit Partners received an extension of their waiver from the FRA, allowing for continued operation of University of Colorado A Line and B Line. 

Security and Safety | August 25, 2016

FRA, AAR letter urges Pokemon creators to keep players off tracks

Letter stems from concern about reports that Pokémon characters, “Pokestops” and other virtual objects are being placed near railroad tracks, stations and rail-yard facilities

Security and Safety | December 1, 2015

To curb tragedies, OLI releases video addressing train track photography

The animated video public service announcement is the first in a new series drawing attention to the illegal and dangerous activity of train track photos.

Government Issues| March 14, 2014

Metro-North prioritized on-time performance over safety, review says

The FRA assessment found management emphasizes on-time performance to the detriment of safe operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure, resulting in a deficient safety culture, increased risk and reduced safety on the Metro-North system.
Rail| December 11, 2013

FRA issues safety advisory on speed restriction compliance

Recommendations include having railroad operators review the circumstances of the Metro-North derailment with their operating employees and provide instruction to employees on the importance of compliance with maximum authorized train speed limits.
Government Issues| November 26, 2013

New Mo. railroad bridge eliminates last chokepoint

The $28 million project received $22.6 million in ARRA funding under the U.S. DOT’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program and was the largest ARRA project in the state.
Rail| June 26, 2013

Wash. breaks ground on $46M rail station project

Includes two new platforms; a parking lot with long-term parking for Amtrak patrons; an improved pedestrian underpass and enhanced passenger amenities, creating a modernized train station for Amtrak Cascades, Sound Transit commuter rail, and King County Metro Transit Bus customers.
Rail| April 3, 2013

OL’s annual report highlights safety education efforts

Detailed activities include celebrating its 40th anniversary with a leadership summit; initiating updates to the volunteer education process; and increasing the organization’s social media presence.
Rail| February 13, 2013

Calif. to Vegas HSR waiting for $5.5B fed loan

An XpressWest representative attributed the extensive wait to the complexity of the project and amount of due diligence the Federal Railroad Administration must complete to approve the loan.

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