Tag: DOT

Commentary: US DOT’s rail freight ‘outlook’ signals huge changes

Possible shift away from PPP public funding in some projects By Jim Blaze for freightwaves.com The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FreightWaves or its affiliates. In early September, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published an updated national freight plan. Was that a big […]

Commentary: What’s in a railroad map?

Useful market hints suggesting changes to locations where you need freight service FreightWaves features Market Voices – a forum for voices with unique knowledge of numerous transportation/logistics/supply chain sectors, as well as other critical expertise. Changes are afoot. Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) is the latest marketing mantra. Rumors of line rationalizations are circulating, as are […]

US miscalculated benefit of better train brakes

BILLINGS, Mont.— President Donald Trump‘s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from […]

Railroads should have seat at the autonomous vehicle table, AAR says

The Association of American Railroads today called on the federal government to “include our industry” in the national conversation over the future of autonomous vehicles, saying the Department of Transportation’s efforts to develop policies governing the safety of AVs should be extended to the rails. In comments filed in response to the DOTs request for […]

Pedestrians at Grade Crossings Gamble

MAKING THE GRADE: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao launched a push to stem the increase in rail grade-crossing fatalities Tuesday. She directed four of DOT’s subagencies to draft a plan, and urged communities to close or separate crossings. “Pedestrians at grade crossings gamble — they actually gamble — that they have time to cross the tracks […]

Illinois projects still top priority for Freightway organization

Photo: Scott Cousins | The Telegraph Mary Lamie, executive director of St. Louis Regional Freightway, talks about the need for improvements at the Union Pacific Lenox Tower in Mitchell, during a Freight Summit luncheon held as part of FreightweekSTL, a four-day conference that ended Thursday. ST. LOUIS — Renovation of the Merchants Bridge and replacement […]

As updates are made to railroad tank cars, is it time to update industry rules as well?

Industries that use railroads to ship flammable liquids are replacing or retrofitting their rail cars to meet more stringent design standards first issued in 2015. While the new cars will be more expensive, shippers say they’re fine with that if the changes will improve safety. But the changes in the industry are also bringing some […]

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT’s) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released a status update on its efforts to assist railroads in implementing positive train control systems (PTC), along with the railroads’ self-reported progress for the fourth quarter of 2017.

The FRA is taking a proactive approach to ensure railroads acquire, install, test and fully implement certified PTC systems in time to meet the congressional interim deadline of December 31, 2018, at the direction of Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Published by Tammy Waitt To read full article go to americansecuritytoday.com

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