Federal Railroad Administration News

Phoenix Rail Crossing May Close if Needed Safeguards Aren’t Installed

A Phoenix, Ariz., railroad crossing over a busy road will be shut down if the city doesn’t install long overdue safety enhancements, state regulators said. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees railroad safety, announced the unanimous vote for the closure …

Rail Companies That Violate Hazmat Safety Violations Should Face Prosecution

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released Friday by a government watchdog. …

Most Railroads Won’t Make Safety Technology Deadline Set by Congress

Only a small number of U.S. railroads will meet the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing new train safety technology that experts say would have prevented the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, officials said on Friday. A report to …

Railroad Regulator Plans to Enforce Dec. 31 Safety Deadline

The nation’s top railroad regulator said Wednesday she will enforce a Dec. 31 deadline for commuter and freight railroads to install safety technology that experts say could have prevented a deadly Amtrak derailment last month. Sarah Feinberg, acting chief of …

Wisconsin Train Derailment That Caused $3.1M in Damage Due to Human Error

A two-train collision and derailment last July in southeastern Wisconsin was caused by human error when the rear of a freight train was unintentionally backed onto another rail line, according to reports submitted to federal transportation officials. Incident reports released …

Schumer, Blumenthal Seek to ‘Overhaul’ Rail Safety Laws

Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they want to “overhaul” rail safety laws to prevent future derailments and other accidents. The two Democrats said on Sunday they’ll introduce legislation that would boost funding for …

Feds Suggest Two-Man Crew to Improve Oil Train Safety

Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident …

Federal Review Blasts New York’s Metro-North Railroad

The Metro-North commuter railroad has a loose approach to safety that is evident from inadequate track inspection to poor training to employees’ inappropriate use of cellphones, a federal agency said Friday. The Federal Railroad Administration said Metro-North, which connects New …