Metro-North http://wshu.org en Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank http://wshu.org/post/blumenthal-introduce-rail-safety-bill-renews-call-infrastructure-bank <p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.&nbsp; It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:01:55 +0000 Craig LeMoult 19976 at http://wshu.org Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank MTA calls in commission of experts http://wshu.org/post/mta-calls-commission-experts <p>In response to deteriorating rail infrastructure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling in experts to help figure out what to do.&nbsp; The Transportation Reinvention Commission meets for the &nbsp;the first time on Wednesday.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Craig LeMoult 19663 at http://wshu.org Blumenthal says system for rail safety rules broken http://wshu.org/post/blumenthal-says-system-rail-safety-rules-broken <p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the system for issuing new federal rail safety rules is broken.&nbsp; Blumenthal questioned the head of the Federal Railroad Administration Tuesday in a <a href="http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&amp;ContentRecord_id=68242b3c-22dc-40f9-9565-26e29c237497&amp;ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&amp;Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a">committee hearing</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:13:01 +0000 Craig LeMoult 18480 at http://wshu.org Blumenthal says system for rail safety rules broken Metro-North making safety improvements recommended by feds http://wshu.org/post/metro-north-making-safety-improvements-recommended-feds <p>Metro-North announced on Thursday that the railroad is making a <a href="http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/2014MNRDeepDiveResponse515.pdf">series of safety reforms</a> that had been recommended <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L04952">by the Federal Railroad Administration</a>.&nbsp; The FRA made the recommendations following a number of recent accidents, including 2 derailments, one of them deadly.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:33:09 +0000 Craig LeMoult 17480 at http://wshu.org Metro-North making safety improvements recommended by feds Last call on the New Haven Line bar car http://wshu.org/post/last-call-new-haven-line-bar-car <p>Bar cars used to be a staple of American train travel, but they’ve been disappearing from commuter rails in recent years. Davis Dunavin rode the last bar car to leave New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Friday.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:30:24 +0000 Davis Dunavin 17262 at http://wshu.org Last call on the New Haven Line bar car