Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Industry Defends Safety Record Amid Staffing Cuts

Trains at Norfolk and Southern Railroad's Conway Yard in Conway, Pa.

OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to warn that moves meant to increase profits could endanger safety and even result in disasters.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
May 17, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FRA Final Rule Requires State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Plans

Truck at rail crossing Kansas Department of Transportation

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a final rule requiring states to develop, or in some cases, update action plans for highway-rail grade crossings.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business

Railroads Approaching Positive Train Control Full Implementation, FRA Says

PTC A Union Pacific engineer using PTC technology. (Union Pacific)

The automatic braking system Congress is mandating for the country’s railroads is almost implemented on the route miles required by law, according to federal regulators’ most recent update.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

FRA Announces $311 Million in Funding Availability

Railroad at sunset Getty Images

More than $311 million in funding is available for projects designed to improve freight and passenger rail connectivity, federal railroad regulators announced this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 20, 2020
Government, Safety

FRA Proposal Calls for State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Plans

A railroad in Alaska A railroad in Alaska, which is one of the 40 states that would need to develop a highway-rail grade crossing action plan under the proposed rule. (Getty Images)

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a proposed rule that would require states to develop highway-rail grade crossing action plans — or update the action plans they have.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

FRA Announces $244 Million in Grant Availability

Train at rail crossing TT File Photo

More than $244 million in grants is available for projects that improve safety, efficiency and reliability, federal railroad regulators announced this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

DOT IG to Audit FRA Vehicle-Train Collision Data

Vehicle-Train Collision Shutterstock

Citing a persistent increase in the number of vehicle-train collisions at highway-rail grade crossings in recent years, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has informed the Federal Railroad Administration that it is conducting an audit of the agency’s incident data.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

New Rule Gives Small Railroads Option to Use Automated HOS Record Keeping

A locomotive stopped in Burlington, Vt. Wilson Ring/AP

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a final rule to allow small railroads and their contractors to comply with employee federal hours-of-service record-keeping regulations using automated systems rather than paper records.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 28, 2018

USDOT Calls on Chuck Schumer to Lift Hold on FRA Nominee

Chuck Schumer Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen called on the senator to remove his hold on the nomination of Ronald Batory to lead the Federal Railroad Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 2, 2018
Government, Safety

Truck, Rail Regulators Withdraw Sleep Apnea Proposal

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Regulators for the FMCSA and FRA announce plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding sleep anea.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2017