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December 24, 2015
A man was fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Tuesday night in Atlantic County, the agency reported. About 8:35 p.m., the man was hit by an Atlantic City Rail Line train about one mile west of the Egg Harbor City station. None of the 50 passengers and crew on the 8:10 train out of Atlantic City destined for Philadelphia was injured. Service was suspended on the line in both directions in the vicinity of the incident, and bus service was established between Egg Harbor City and Hammonton.
December 22, 2015 |
A key train safety system is now active on Amtrak rails from Washington to New York. And SEPTA's Regional Rail system is not far behind in activating its own version of the technology, officials have said. Amtrak activated Positive Train Control, which can automatically slow or stop a speeding train, between Philadelphia and New York this past weekend. The system went online from Philadelphia to Washington a week ago, spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Sunday night. The system was already operational on Amtrak rails from New Haven, Conn., to Boston, she said.
December 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - More money could become available to compensate victims of the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia and fund rail safety upgrades under a bipartisan transportation bill, introduced Tuesday and expected to race to passage in Congress this week. Both provisions are small parts of a 1,300-page, five-year, roughly $300 billion package that touches on highway safety, railroad law, and road programs nationwide. The measure, agreed to by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile competing transportation bills, would raise the accident liability cap for railroads to $295 million, up from a $200 million cap first set in 1997.
November 14, 2015 |
For the second time this year, a board appointed by the White House will seek to settle a dispute between NJ Transit and 12 railroad unions. The three-member emergency board appointed by President Obama starts work Friday and will receive within 30 days the final settlement offers from NJ Transit and the 12 unions involved in the contract dispute. Thirty days after that the board will issue a recommended settlement to the president. The unions, representing more than 4,000 NJ Transit workers, began negotiations for a new contract in July 2011.
October 30, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Congress gave the nation's railroads three more years - and possibly up to five - to install a mandated safety system that would automatically slow trains running at unsafe speeds, and which safety experts say could have prevented May's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. Called positive train control, the system was supposed to be installed on major passenger and freight lines by the end of this year, but no freight lines and only a handful of commuter railroads expected to meet that target.
October 2, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Key House lawmakers proposed giving rail lines at least three more years to install a critical rail safety system that could have prevented May's Amtrak derailment, bowing Wednesday to the reality that almost no railroads will meet the requirement to have the system in place by year's end. The bill, sponsored by the top Republicans and Democrats on the House transportation committee, would give major freight and commuter rail lines until...
September 28, 2015 |
Amid timeless traditions such as Communion wafers, incense, and rosary beads, Philadelphia's papal pilgrims, trying to get around Center City, will get up-to-the-minute transit information via fiber optics and cellphone signals. The area's transit agencies and a bicycle coalition say they are turning to technology in an unprecedented way to direct crowds to their destinations during Pope Francis' visit this weekend. People will be able to get real-time information about conditions on rail lines, biking trails, and roads in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
September 25, 2015 |
The number of SEPTA papal transit passes sold for Regional Rail passengers is likely to be far fewer than the 328,000 available, but that doesn't mean suburban train stations won't be jammed Saturday and Sunday. On average, the 18 Regional Rail stations that will operate this weekend will have about four times the typical number of weekday passengers on Saturday and Sunday, as the expected throng rides downtown in hopes of seeing Pope Francis. "On Saturday and Sunday, on those two days, it's not going to be the usual station," SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.