Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

BNSF, Amtrak Detail PTC Progress at House Hearing

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the transportation funding subpanel. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the transportation funding subpanel. (House Appropriations Subcommittee/YouTube)

Executives from BNSF Railway Co. and Amtrak assured federal lawmakers of their firms’ adherence to congressionally mandated requirements regarding automatic braking technology.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 12, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Freight Railroads Record Progress on PTC Implementation, AAR Says

CSX locomotive Gene J. Puskar/AP

Large freight railroads functioned with the use of automatic braking technology for 83.2% of miles required by law, the Association of American Railroads announced Jan. 24. That proves the Class I railroads met 2018 requirements, and they are expected to finalize the implementation of positive train control technology by the final deadline of Dec. 31, 2020.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Nine Railroads May Not Qualify for PTC Deadline Extension, FRA Says

MARC commuter train Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) is among nine railroads that have demonstrated little progress in installing PTC. (Country Gate Productions/Shutterstock)

WASHINGTON — Nine railroads have demonstrated little progress with installing an automatic braking system, jeopardizing their chances to qualify for a Dec. 31 deadline extension to implement the system, the country’s top railroad regulator told a Senate panel Oct. 3.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

All Railroads Should Install PTC by Dec. 31 Deadline, NTSB Tells Congress

Commuters board a Caltrain car Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Equipping the country’s freight and commercial trains with technology designed to automatically slow down or stop trains traveling at dangerous speeds would improve safety, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board told Congress Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FRA Awards $203 Million for Positive Train Control Installation

New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. A New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. (Barry Massey/AP)

The Federal Railroad Administration recently awarded more than $200 million to support 28 projects that aim to deploy positive train control systems in 15 states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety

House Panel Schedules Hearing on Positive Train Control

PTC PTC System (MetroLink)

The status of automatic braking technology implementation will headline a Feb. 15 hearing of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee in the House, the panel’s chairman announced.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2018

550 Warehouse Workers to Be Laid Off After Midwest Grocer Files for Bankruptcy

Central Grocers

After almost 100 years of doing business, Joliet,Ill.-based Central Grocers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 4 and will lay off about 550 employees at the company's Joliet warehouse.

Greg Trotter and Ally Marotti | Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2017

Executives, Lawmakers to Explore Rail Safety Systems at April 26 Hearing

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Improving how freight travels via rail nationwide will be the dominant theme of a House subcommittee hearing on April 26.

Transport Topics
April 24, 2017
Business, Safety, Government

160 US Carrier Bankruptcies Idle 4,510 Trucks in 4th Quarter

The freight-hauling capacity of at least 4,510 heavy-duty U.S. trucks evaporated during the last three months of 2016 as 160 fleets shuttered their doors and quit the industry, according to a study by investment firm Avondale Partners.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2017

New GPS Technology Will Help Keep Freight Trains From Crashing. Why is it Taking So Long to Arrive?

Miles Davis/Flickr

Nine years ago, Union Pacific Railroad supervisor Ricky Durrant was called to a ghastly scene in Southern California.

Tony Bizjak | The Sacramento Bee
March 6, 2017