FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s… Read More FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

View article in its entirety at Sheet Metal|Air|Rail|Transportation (SMART). — Jeremy R. Ferguson – President, Transportation Division The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in a 41-page report released Jan. 13th by its Office of Research, Development and Technology said what railroaders already know. Researchers at the Volpe Center over a period of years performed cognitive task analyses… Read More FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the following listing of Research Results and/or Technical Reports in December 2019: Wheel Bearing Brake/Instrumented Wheelset Friction Characterization Study Analysis of Non-Track-Circuit Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Train Detection Technologies Monitoring Engineer Fatigue (MEFA) Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Produce Accurate Grade Crossing Profile Data Human Factors Evaluation of an Experimental… Read More December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports

ACTION ALERT: Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced it has established a new, dedicated webpage for the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings. Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains impede the flow of motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time. Communities… Read More ACTION ALERT: Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings