FRA Announces Proposed Enhancements to Passenger Train Emergency Systems

January 5, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Jan. 3 announced proposed changes to existing Passenger Train Emergency Systems regulations that could further protect occupants of passenger trains during emergencies. “Safety is our highest priority,” LaHood said.  “Adoption of these safety measures will help rail passengers locate and operate emergency exits.  These improvements will also make sure that first responders can quickly reach passengers in need during emergency situations.” The proposed regulations aim to improve railroad safety by helping improve the ability to safely evacuate passengers and crew members in the event of an emergency.  Specifically, the rule addresses passenger

FTA: $304M for Denver Union Station

DENVER – The Department of Transportation approved a $151.6 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan and a $152.1 million loan application under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program (RRIF) for Denver Union Station.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $280 Million for Streetcars

December 3, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $280 million for urban circulator projects such as streetcars, buses, and bus facilities to support communities, expand business opportunities and improve people’s quality of life while also creating jobs. The money represents the first batch of taxpayers’ money by the Obama Administration for its Livability Initiative, a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “This represents a significant effort to promote livable communities, improve the quality of life for more Americans and create

WMATA Officials Brief Safety Groups About Rail Yard Collision

November 30, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials met with members of the Federal Transit Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the Tri-State Oversight Committee and walked them through preliminary information related to a Nv. 29 collision of two trains in the West Falls Church Rail Yard. The meeting was called by Metro and was a follow-up to personal contact that Metro’s General Manager John Catoe and safety officials made in reaching out to inform officials of the FTA, NTSB and TOC about the accident, WMATA said. The general manager also briefed members of the Metro Board of Directors about

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