Government, Business, Safety

Minnesota Legislators Debate Who Pays if Freight Train, Light Rail Collide

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Residents have long worried about plans for Southwest light rail to operate alongside freight trains hauling ethanol, especially in densely populated areas such as Minneapolis.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
April 4, 2017
Safety, Business, Logistics

Train Derails Into Iowa Trackside Tavern Called Derailed Bar

Police in Charles City, Iowa, say part of a freight train derailed and crashed into the side of a trackside tavern called the Derailed Bar.

August 9, 2016
Government, Business, Fuel

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Renews Call For Oil Train Moratorium

Oregon Office of the Governor

Gov. Kate Brown again called for a moratorium on oil trains in Oregon, after federal regulators released findings June 23 that blamed this month's fiery derailment and spill in the Columbia River Gorge on Union Pacific's failure to maintain its tracks.

Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
June 24, 2016
Business, Fuel

Oregon Calls for Indefinite Moratorium on Oil Trains Through the State

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Oregon has asked the Federal Railroad Administration to place an open-ended moratorium on oil trains traveling through the state, because preliminary findings of an investigation into the June 3 derailment in Mosier suggest inspectors might not be able to detect the problem that likely caused the crash.

Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
June 21, 2016

Port of Vancouver's Rail Speeds Err on Side of Safety

Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper via Reuters

Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 miles of track at a higher-than-needed level to keep accidents to a minimum.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
June 9, 2016

Tech School’s Truck Training Expo Deemed a Success

Students in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute's truck driver training program received a golden opportunity Feb. 18 to connect with employers at the first Truck Driver Hiring and Information Expo.

Lex Menz | News-Topic (Lenoir, N.C.)
February 26, 2016

New YRC Trucking School Offers Graduates $65,000 to Start

HAMMOND, Ind. — A new trucking school might not cost you anything out of pocket, and you could end up with a high-demand job that pays $65,000 the first year and offers full health insurance benefits.

Joseph S. Pete | The Times (Munster, Ind.)
December 17, 2015
Business, Fuel

How Cheap Crude Stalled America’s Booming Oil Trains

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While 2015 will go down as the worst year for crude train disasters, it also is shaping up to be the year crude-by-rail hit the brakes.

Matthew Philips | Bloomberg News
December 2, 2015

This Shrink-Wrapped Freight Locomotive Is on Its Way to Africa

A shipment of six sustainable locomotives set sail last weekend on a 6,000-mile ocean voyage to Africa, where they will soon be in operation as freight locomotives.

October 8, 2015
Government, Business

FRA Offers Grants for Grade-Crossing Safety Features

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The Federal Railroad Administration is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grants available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products such as crude oil and ethanol.

September 2, 2015