Safety

Washington state to update railroad oil-spill response rules

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/13/2019) The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking public comments on proposed changes to regulations government railroads oil-spill response efforts in the state. In 2015, the state began requiring railroads to have oil-spill contingency plans to ensure they are adequately prepared in case of a spill. Based on direction from the Washington Legislature,…

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FRA announces $326M in rail safety, improvement grants

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/13/2019) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) yesterday announced the recipients of $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) and the Special Transportation Circumstances programs.  The grants will fund 45 projects in 29 states. Authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the CRISI program funds projects…

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Daily Locomotive Inspection Worksheet Now Available

A guide for conducting a daily locomotive inspection is now available here for your reference and use in the field.  In addition, you can find a copy of this under the download section of this website. Keep in mind that items on this list may change with the requirements of the FRA or the Carrier.…

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Sound Transit board member holds agency to blame for DuPont derailment

(Source: Radio station KIRO, May 31, 2019)  SEATTLE, Wash. — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier may sit on the Sound Transit Board of Directors, but that doesn’t stop him from looking at his own agency through a critical lens — especially in the wake of a federal investigation’s finding that Sound Transit was in large…

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