Tag: safety

Technology Could Cut Train Crews From 2 to 1 but Is It Safe?

By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains from […]

Union: Automated railroad inspections risk public safety

By Patrick Springer Forum News Service for aberdeennews.com FARGO, N.D. — A union claims that a test of automated track inspection techniques on BNSF Railway ultimately will mean fewer visual checks of lines in North Dakota and Minnesota, setting up “a game of Russian roulette with the general public’s safety.” The automated testing initiative involves […]

Former Union Pacific employees raise safety concerns after Neff Yard layoffs

Story by Tom Dempsy for kshb.com KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three weeks after Union Pacific announced plans to transfer operations away from Neff Yard, several employees who were laid off reached out to 41 Action News to voice concerns about safety with the company’s trains. At least 200 workers were laid off when Union Pacific […]

FRA announces more than $244M available for US railroad projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced it has more than $244 million in grant funding available through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program. Funding is for projects that increase rail reliability, efficiency, or transportation safety. Passenger and freight projects are eligible that improve intercity passenger rail capital assets, […]

Union Pacific layoffs at Hinkle yard in Hermiston draw safety concerns

Union Pacific is asking Hermiston employees to do more with less after recent layoffs, and some have expressed concern about safety. The railroad company declined to release specific numbers relating to its workforce reduction at the Hinkle rail yard near Hermiston. But two current employees who spoke to the East Oregonian off the record, due […]

Amtrak failing to spot, stop impaired employees

WASHINGTON, DC — Amtrak is failing to spot and stop drug and alcohol use among its employees who are trusted to keep passengers safe, according to newly released documents obtained by the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit. In a 33-page report issued Thursday, Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General found: Passenger railroads struggle to implement ‘lifesaving’ […]

Task force sets sights on lobbying Congress to take on railroad stoppages

Efforts to keep railroads from blocking street crossings should focus on Congress, participants at a Northwest Indiana Rail Crossing Task Force meeting said. State legislation will almost certainly be overruled by courts, and federal agencies that regulate railroads have been ineffective, officials agreed. “It seems to me our last alternative is lobbying (Congress),” Hammond Mayor […]

Railroad Employees Want Relief from Specific HOS Rules

According to a notice published in the Federal Register on March 8, R.J. Corman Railroad Services, Cranemasters Inc. and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association requested a five-year HOS exemption regarding driving time for drivers of ‘property-carrying vehicles.’ If granted, the exemption would apply to all railroad employees that are affected by the HOS […]

Two Union Pacific Workers killed after train from Pocatello crashes

Two Union Pacific Railroad workers were killed Thursday night when a train headed east from Pocatello to North Platte, Nebraska, collided with another train parked on the same track about 18 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, officials said. Railroad officials identified the victims as Jason Martinez, a 12-year railroad worker, and Benjamin Brozovich, a railroad […]

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