April 24, 2014

DOT agencies evaluating railroads’ security plans

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have issued a safety advisory to reinforce to railroads the importance of properly classifying Class 3 materials and ensuring the railroads’ safety and security plans address the vulnerabilities cited in FRA’s Aug. 7 Emergency Order No. 28. That order told the railroads to [...]

RSAC holds emergency meeting

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) met today in an emergency session to begin consideration of additional regulatory or other safety measures following the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada earlier this summer. “Safety is our top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “While 2012 was the safest year [...]

FRA issues guidance memorandum on EO 28

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The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a guidance memorandum for Emergency Order 28, which seeks to prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally. The memorandum has been sent to all Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) members and alternates. Hardcopies will be provided at the emergency RSAC meeting scheduled for Aug. 29 and a detailed [...]