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WHAT'S NEW
Northeast Corridor Safety Committee (NECSC) Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The NECSC is made up of stakeholders operating on the NEC. The NECSC meeting agenda will include presentations on: Positive Train Control; the state of moveable bridges; New York City tunnel system inspection and maintenance; an update to the ongoing study of maintenance-of-way worker fatigue; state of the NEC catenary; condition of railroad tracks adjacent to the NEC; security along the NEC; and a general discussion of safety issues. This agenda is subject to change.

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Railroad Progress on Positive Train Control Implementation
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a status update today on railroads’ progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016. The status update, based on railroad-submitted quarterly data, shows freight railroads continue to make consistent progress while passenger industry progress in installing and activating the life-saving technology only slightly increased.

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U.S. DOT Launches New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad
Friday, January 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad targeting young male motorists.

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FRA Hits Highest-Ever Penalty Rate
Friday, December 23, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that its enforcement of federal rail safety rules has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking rate.

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Upgrades along the Northeast Corridor recommended
Friday, December 16, 2016

After four years of working with the Northeast states, federal and state partner agencies and dozens and dozens of public meetings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today recommended a vision to build a better and stronger Northeast Corridor (NEC) over the next 30 years.

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FRA Completes Environmental Review for New B&P Tunnel
Friday, December 02, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today finished the environmental review (final environmental impact statement, or FEIS) to replace the Civil War-era Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel. The FEIS includes review of the route (Alternative 3B) for a new tunnel and incorporates changes sought by communities and neighborhoods in Baltimore during more than two dozen meetings held over the last two years.

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Latest Data on Positive Train Control Implementation Show Uneven Progress across Railroads
Monday, November 28, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration today released third quarter 2016 data submitted by railroads on their progress in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC). The data show uneven progress across the country and across railroads toward activating the life-saving technology.

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FRA Proposes Safety Standard Updates to Allow for High-Speed Passenger Trains
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today proposed updates for the passenger train safety standards used in the United States as the country looks to add high-speed trains that can travel up to 220 miles per hour and replace its aging passenger fleet.

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The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event
Friday, October 07, 2016

Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg has determined that the imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew with hurricane force winds, flooding rains, power outages, and coastal flooding conditions predicted to occur in the southeastern coastal region of the United States constitutes an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations.

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FRA Awards $25 Million in Grants for Positive Train Control Implementation
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today awarded $25 million in grants for 11 projects in six states and the District of Columbia to assist in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC).

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Rail Safety for Emergency Response Services

FRA releases informational videos for emergency response services as part of its Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program.

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Rail Safety for Law Enforcement

FRA releases informational videos for first responders and emergency dispatchers as part of its Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program.

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Rail Safety for Emergency Dispatchers

FRA releases informational videos for first responders and emergency dispatchers as part of its Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program.

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