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Technology and training improve rail safety

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 09.12.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

While some may have you believe that railroads today still use "Civil War era technology," today's network features countless components unfathomable ...

Ban Oil Trains For Good

Marc Yaggi | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Marc Yaggi

Just a little over two months ago, a disastrous oil train derailment occurred in Mosier, Oregon, spilling 47,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil from Nort...

Data Proves That Railroads Drive the American Economy

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 06.13.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

Every school age child learns that molecules are the basic building block of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist.

Railroads Can Ease the Burden of Our Infrastructure Woes

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 05.16.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

With America's highways and bridges facing a backlog of $740 billion in repairs, transportation experts agree that the United States -- even with progress made through passage of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) in 2015 -- still has a long way to go.

Railroads Power Modern Life

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 02.22.2017 | Business
Edward R. Hamberger

Washington, D.C. residents can grow numb to the beauty that surrounds them. From the Capitol dome to the White House to the Washington Monument, these...

The Technology To Prevent Deadly Train Crashes Exists. Why Is It Taking So Long To Install?

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2008, a Metrolink train slammed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in southern California, killing 25 people and injuring 135...

U.S. Regulators Order Amtrak To Improve Safety Of Northeast Corridor Route

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics

(Adds details of FRA order, background) WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have ordered passenger railroad Amtrak to immed...

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Amtrak Trials First Cow-Powered Train

The Guardian | Danny Bradbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

US rail operator Amtrak may have given the term "cattle car" a whole new meaning with the first test of a biodiesel train that runs on beef byproducts...

Colorado High Speed Rail Lines Would Cost Roughly 22 Billion: Feasibility Study

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

High-speed passenger rail service on dedicated tracks along the Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 corridors will cost $22 billion and likely require up ...

Ski Train Will Be Postponed, Tickets Refunded After Judge Rules On Contract Dispute

Denver Business Journal: | Cathy Proctor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Amtrak can't be forced to provide crews to operate the revived ski train operation between Denver and Winter Park...