June 17, 2016 |
Amtrak and its partners in the proposed redevelopment of a massive swath around 30th Street Station in University City say the decades-long plan - including partially capping the adjacent rail yard - will involve $6.5 billion in infrastructure funding and private investment. The financial projection is part of the planning team's final blueprint for the 175-acre site extending northeast from 30th Street Station, to be released Thursday morning. Publication of the 30th Street Station District Plan ends a two-year, $5.25 million study led by Amtrak, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, SEPTA, and PennDot for the area between Walnut and Spring Garden Streets east of Drexel's campus and Powelton Village.
June 9, 2016 |
Scrutiny of the engineer who operated a train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight passengers, isn't over yet. On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board plans to issue its final report about the May 12, 2015, derailment, and is expected to reiterate its conclusion that engineer Brandon Bostian lost "situational awareness" and accelerated to 106 mph heading into the Frankford Curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph. ...
June 4, 2016 |
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.
May 27, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for developer Carl Dranoff to build a luxury apartment and retail complex on the Main Line, ending a challenge by residents to stop the decade-old Ardmore project. In an order that consisted of a single sentence, the state's highest court affirmed a Commonwealth Court ruling late last year allowing state grant money to be used to help build Dranoff's One Ardmore Place. Residents in the Save Ardmore Coalition had argued that the $60 million, eight-story complex of high-end apartments, a parking garage, and street-level shops and restaurants was a misappropriation of state tax dollars.
May 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the most clear explanation yet for the May 12, 2015 crash of a New York-bound train that killed eight and injured about 200 people. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
May 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the clearest explanation yet for the May 12 crash of a New York City-bound train that killed eight people and injured about 200. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
May 19, 2016
Brandon Bostian was by all accounts the sort of conscientious engineer any passenger would want in the locomotive, his professionalism and lifelong love of trains evident in earnest online posts about rail safety. And yet radio chatter about a SEPTA train struck by a rock north of Philadelphia's 30th Street Station - a common hazard on the Northeast Corridor - was probably enough to distract the Amtrak engineer from the quick series of speed changes required ahead of one of the corridor's sharpest curves, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded in a report released Tuesday.
May 14, 2016
In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: "This is a helluva way to run a railroad!" Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the nation's second-most important court, recently said, with judicial decorousness, essentially the same thing about Amtrak. She was not referring to its 46 consecutive years of operating losses, which include $306 million last year and more than $16 billion since 1970, when Congress created Amtrak as a federally chartered, for-profit corporation.
May 13, 2016 |
When Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Sneidar arrived at the scene of the fatal Amtrak derailment last year, he was blocked by a swarm of police vehicles. It had been 15 minutes since Train 188 had crashed rounding the Frankford Curve in the city's Port Richmond section. Despite the live wires on the tracks, Philadelphia police officers were extricating the wounded from the wreckage. Sneidar was there to bring order to the chaos by seeing that victims were rapidly assessed and taken by ambulance to the right trauma center for their needs.
May 12, 2016 |
One year ago, at 9:21 p.m., Amtrak Train 188 derailed at Frankford Curve, killing eight and changing life for hundreds. Since then, the May 12, 2015, crash has dominated conversation in the rail industry. It highlighted the value of an automatic braking system that authorities said would have prevented the crash, and provided new urgency for efforts to improve technology, safety, and funding for the nation's railroads. "We talk about the Amtrak crash all the time," said Sarah Feinberg, the Federal Railroad Administration's administrator.