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Who’s at fault in Amtrak crash? Amtrak will pay regardless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should bear sole responsibility for the accident, Amtrak will likely end up paying crash victims' legal claims with public money. Amtrak pays for…

Short-line tax credit extension included in budget bill

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 2/9/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Short-line tax credit extension included in budget bill The budget bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump early this morning includes a one-year extension of the short-line tax credit known as Section 45G, the American Short Line and Regional…

Rail industry says key safety technology not due until 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The railroad industry is downplaying expectations that a safety technology that could have prevented recent deadly train crashes will be in operation across the country by the end of the year. Indeed, freight and commuter rail officials speak as if there never was any plan to complete their work on the technology…

Amtrak crash highlights looming deadline for rail safety system

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Only about a quarter of U.S. railroad tracks that carry passenger trains have an anti-crash system that safety officials say could have prevented a fatal weekend crash, even though a year-end deadline to finish installing it is just months away. The technology, known as positive train control, or PTC, is…

UPDATE 9-Amtrak blames freight train firm for deadly South Carolina crash

(Recasts with Amtrak CEO blaming CSX for incident, adds CSX statement) CAYCE, S.C., Feb 4 (Reuters) - Amtrak blamed a freight rail operator for causing a crash on Sunday that killed two people and injured more than 100 others when one of its passenger trains was diverted onto a side track and slammed into a…

Trump team meets with senators to discuss infrastructure priorities

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/10/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Trump team meets with senators to discuss infrastructure priorities U.S. Sen. John Barrasso was among the senators that met with Trump administration officials. Photo – epw.senate.gov Trump administration officials and a bipartisan group of senators yesterday held talks about the $1…

Minnesota ends Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail study

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/11/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Minnesota ends Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail study By Julie Sneider, senior associate editorAn environmental study exploring the viability of a high-speed passenger-rail service between Minnesota and Wisconsin has been halted after two Minnesota state lawmakers objected to its funding.Minnesota Department of…