Topic : Joseph Szabo

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Foxx names acting FRA administrator

Government Issues| January 14, 2015

Since 2013 Sarah Feinberg has served as the chief of staff for the U.S. DOT, managing the agency’s 10 modal departments and spearheading the agency’s legislative, policy and communications efforts.

FRA's Szabo announces resignation

Government Issues| November 6, 2014
Effective at the end of the year, will depart his Federal Railroad Administrator post and join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Rail| October 10, 2012

FRA completes Amtrak Vermonter Line upgrades

Included heavier continuously-welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work. Improvements enable the scheduled running time for the line to be reduced by about a half hour and passenger-train track speeds in signaled territory to increase from 50 to 79 miles per hour.
Rail| June 4, 2012

FRA chief touts U.S. vision at APTA rail conference

When speaking about President Obama’s investments in high-speed and intercity passenger rail, Administrator Joseph C. Szabo discussed how 32 states are now moving ahead with 153 rail-development projects, with 44 projects in 16 states, representing close to $3 billion in federal funding, currently under way or set to break ground and other projects coming in on time and on budget.
Accessibility| June 4, 2012

Report: U.S. ridership up 5% for 1st. quarter

High fuel prices cited as being a contributor. Increase touted at Rail Conference in Dallas.
Rail| March 3, 2011

FRA proposes emergency reporting system requirement

Proposal would require railroads to post a toll-free telephone number and the DOT’s National Crossing Inventory identification number at every highway-rail crossing and explicitly authorized pathway grade crossing.
Rail| December 1, 2010

FRA awards bio-based fuels, lubricants grants

With a similar grant, Amtrak equipped a Heartland Flyer train operating between Oklahoma City, Okla. and Ft. Worth, Texas to run on a biodiesel blend known as B20, which is 20 percent pure biofuel and 80 percent diesel.
Rail| August 31, 2010

U.S. DOT releases high-speed rail design standards

Creates a level playing field and economies of scale based on a common set of designs and technical requirements allowing U.S. based manufacturers to more effectively compete.
Rail| August 11, 2010

FRA, rail group partner on safety efforts

FRA's call to action comes in response to the deaths of 55 train and engine service employees while engaged in rail yard switching operations over the past five years.
Rail| July 14, 2010

FRA Final Rule to strengthen railroad bridge safety programs

Requires track owners to implement bridge management programs that include at least annual inspections of railroad bridges; know the safe capacity load of bridges; and conduct special inspections if the weather or other conditions warrant such inspections.

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