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Keolis, MBTA tap special equipment to manage 'slippery-rail season'

Security and Safety | September 28, 2017

Commuter rail operator utilizing power washers and drones to reduce impact of slippery rail created by leaves, debris on tracks.

Metra seeks $20M grant for PTC installation

Rail| September 28, 2016

With the grant funding, Metra plans to help fund installation of PTC on its Milwaukee West Line to Elgin and North line to Fox Lake.

Security and Safety | October 20, 2015

Railroads warn of widespread shutdowns unless PTC deadline extended

The freight rail industry needs until the end of 2018 to install the necessary hardware and until the end of 2020 to have it fully tested and operational, said Ed Hamberger, president and CEO for the Association of American Railroads.

Rail| August 11, 2015

Retlif Testing expands to new N.C. location

The new laboratory is initially offering pre-compliance evaluation Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility services, including EMI, EMC, Lightning testing and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).

July 22, 2015

Challenges of Positive Train Control Implementation

While PTC may have just recently entered the consciousness of the public at-large, it has been an issue for freight and commuter rail systems since Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA) (P.L. 110-432) in 2008 following the collision between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. Since that time, rail organizations have been working toward meeting the federally-mandated PTC implementation deadline of December 31, 2015. With less than six months to go, several commuter rail systems have said that, not only will they not meet the deadline, they will need several more years before having full PTC implementation on their trains.

Management & Operations| August 13, 2014

N.Y. testing 'intrusion' system to save people who fall on subway tracks

The detection systems, being tested at a secret location, feature thermal imaging cameras, laser-beam transmitters and other high-tech tools intended to alert the motorman if someone falls on the tracks.
Government Issues| April 30, 2014

N.Y. MTA expedites positive train control installation efforts

The board committees approved the expansion of a contract with a joint venture of Bombardier Transportation/Siemens Rail Automation by an additional $11.3 million.
Rail| February 20, 2014

Metrolink to debut collision avoidance system

Officials for the Los Angeles-based commuter rail service vowed to act a year ahead of the mandated federal deadline for the positive train control technology.
Rail| December 3, 2013

MTA Video: Hudson Line Derailment Recovery Operations - 12/2/2013

Video from the scene of the Metro-North derailment at Spuyten Duyvil on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 shows damage to train cars and tracks that occurred during the incident. Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/J.P. Chan

Management & Operations| November 7, 2013

BART managers to take hot seat regarding worker deaths

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), called for the hearing months before the recent deaths of BART worker Christopher Sheppard, 58, and contractor Laurence Daniels, 66, regarding concerns about "unresolved" BART workplace safety issues in recent years, the report said.
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