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  • Check out this excellent video from Go Rail, about how railroads work to improve our economy and our lives! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fcu4z8WuEM

    See how freight rail investments help communities across the country -- supporting jobs, cleaner skies and a stronger economy. Visit us for more information ...
    youtube.comSee how freight rail investments help communities across the country -- supporting jobs, cleaner skies and a stronger economy. Visit us for more information ...

    2017-06-22T20:56:10+0000
  • Railroads are our past, present, and the key to a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-plans-urgently-needed-upgrades/

    Outdated and lagging behind most of developed world, America's passenger rail network faces crucial test, as building dedicated high-speed networks may have to rely on private money
    cbsnews.comOutdated and lagging behind most of developed world, America's passenger rail network faces crucial test, as building dedicated high-speed networks may have to rely on private money

    2017-06-19T23:27:24+0000
  • NTSB: Amtrak derailment in Vermont caused by rock-slide debris The probable cause of an Amtrak train derailment in Vermont in October 2015 was the train's collision with debris that had fallen on the track after a rock slide, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced last week. The incident occurred the morning of Oct. 5, 2015, when Amtrak Train 55 hit a rock pile that fouled the track on the New England Central Railroad (NECR) Roxbury Subdivision near Northfield, Vt. The collision caused the locomotive and four coach cars to derail, injuring four crew members and three passengers, according to the NTSB's accident brief. The locomotive and first coach car slid down a steep embankment after the collision. Amtrak estimated equipment damages at $10 million, and the NECR estimated track damages at $200,000. The track was not equipped with slide-fence detectors that could have provided a warning to approaching trains, the brief stated. Amtrak restricts speed in the area at 59 mph, which was Train 55's speed a few seconds before the collision. Although the NECR had a safety program at the time of the accident, the railroad did not have a formalized hazard management and assessment program that addressed rock-slide risk management and mitigation, the NTSB brief stated.
    2017-06-15T20:12:01+0000
  • 11 Numbers to Know about Freight Rail: As the Trump administration rolls out details of its infrastructure plans this week, millions of Americans are learning about the challenges that a failing infrastructure poses to the nation's economy. However, one industry stands above because of its ability to privately invest in maintaining their network – freight rail. For the men and women of America's railroads, every week is Infrastructure Week. $60 million – How many dollars per day freight railroads invest in their infrastructure. 8 – The number of times rail in the U.S. network could circle the earth. $274 billion – Freight rail's economic impact in 2014. 54 – The number of tons of freight moved for every American each year. $1 – Invested by the railroads generates $10 in economic activity. 69,000 – Tons of new rail laid in 2015. 43 – Percent decrease in accidents and derailments since 2000. $100 million – Amount invested each month to develop, test, and install Positive Train Control (PTC) 14.6 million – Number of crossties installed in 2013 $121,000 – Average rail employee compensation, including benefits. 6 – Freight railroads invest six times the average manufacturer. Notwithstanding new public investment initiatives, the numbers are clear: Freight rail works for America.
    2017-06-06T14:11:00+0000
  • This is National Infrastructure Week. Ed Hamberger, CEO of the Assoc. of American Railroads, offers a solid perspective on why Congress should act to make the trucking industry pay the true wear & tear costs of heavy truck traffic, and not lift current truck weight limits on federal highways. These would improve the cost-effectiveness of shipping more goods by rail, and target more investment in the US' decaying roads and bridges. Join the conversation tomorrow on Twitter (see below) and read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/railroads-agree-timetobuild-and-enact-smart-public_us_5919a3f7e4b00ccaae9ea4af
    2017-05-16T18:47:58+0000
  • More exciting stuff from Washington! Our very own Executive Director, Larry Lewack (left) presenting the NARP Golden Spike Award to Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, to recognize his work in getting approval for the Montreal Central Station pre-clearance facility.
    2017-05-03T16:39:39+0000
  • Some very excellent news from Washington, DC today, of which VRAN was a part of. "Make no mistake, this is proof of the power of committed advocacy. Without the dedicated action of NARP members and the national passenger rail coalition over the past two months, increased investment in trains and transit would not have made the final deal." https://www.narprail.org/news/blog/amtrak-fast-act-rail-programs-and-transit-receive-boost-in-omnibus-budget-released-today/

    today that provides increased transportation funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, with $57.651 billion in total funding for transportation and housing programs—a $350 million increase above FY2016.
    narprail.orgtoday that provides increased transportation funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, with $57.651 billion in total funding for transportation and housing programs—a $350 million increase above FY2016.

    2017-05-01T21:16:44+0000
  • Progress! New crossing lights and gates are going up at the Route 7 crossing in Vergennes in preparation for passenger service. (Photo from Shawn Kelley).
    2017-04-29T17:52:14+0000
  • Public transportation was never meant to profit. It is an investment that many people depend on. https://www.wsj.com/articles/give-amtrak-the-resources-it-needs-to-be-great-1492969068

    Regarding your editorial “Amtrak’s Rolling Train Wreck”: We need funding for a national passenger rail system that serves the country, not just the East Coast.
    wsj.comRegarding your editorial “Amtrak’s Rolling Train Wreck”: We need funding for a national passenger rail system that serves the country, not just the East Coast.

    2017-04-24T16:42:40+0000
  • Vermont Rail Action Network shared CNN Tech's video.Interesting tech! Good to see this kind of research going into making railroads even more sustainable and environmentally friendly.