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NTSB Quizzes Officials on Deadly Washington Amtrak Train Wreck

Federal safety investigators on Tuesday questioned transportation officials about last year’s Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle that killed three people and injured dozens, focusing some questions on the curve where the train derailed. The Amtrak train was recorded at …

Report: NJ Transit Has Far to Go to Meet Safety Deadline

New Jersey Transit had installed a federally mandated emergency braking system on less than 10 percent of its fleet of locomotives nine months before the deadline, according to a progress report covering the first quarter of this year. The report …

NTSB: Speed Control System Could Have Prevented Amtrak Crash

The derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in Washington state last month that killed three people may have been prevented if a railway crash-avoidance technology mandated by Congress had been activated, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Positive Train …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for Speed Control System That May Have Prevented Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its maiden …

Amtrak Train Derailed on New, Faster Route That Drew Concern

A Washington community along the new rail line where an Amtrak train derailed in a deadly crash had tried to stop the project on grounds higher-speed passenger trains would endanger pedestrians and motorists. The city of Lakewood, several miles north …

Deadly Amtrak Crash Rekindles Safety Debate

The deadly Amtrak crash in Washington state marked the railroad’s third fatal accident in as many years, putting the passenger rail operator under fresh scrutiny less than a month after safety regulators issued a scathing report. Bound for Portland, Oregon, …

Little Progress in Railroad Adoption of Key Safety Technology

Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released Wednesday. The technology, called positive train control or PTC, uses …

President Backs Dec. 31 Deadline for Positive Train Control Safety Requirement

President Barack Obama plans to enforce a deadline for rail operators to install safety technology by the end of the year, despite warnings from railroads including Union Pacific Corp. and Amtrak that they can’t meet the mandate and would have …

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 …