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FTA issues safety advisory on third rail system hazards

In recent months, FTA has investigated several safety events related to third-rail system failures, including smoke incidents, explosions, intense fires, damage to railcar propulsion equipment, and exacerbated deterioration of poor track conditions.

Pittsburgh subway has multiple fire safegaurds

Pittsburgh's subway train power is supplied by overhead cables rather than an electrified “third rail” along the tracks, which led to a delayed response by firefighters in the Washington, D.C. incident.

Alstom to develop Spanish third rail signaling

The project is part of a framework agreement signed by the company and Spanish railway infrastructure manager Adif last November to carry out research and development projects at Adif's Railway Technology Center in Málaga.