December 13, Oakland, CA – The holiday travel season is upon us, and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) wants everyone to make it home safely and take a moment to reach out to others who may be struggling.
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$700,000 will help fund Amtrak project to install new gate and warning lights at Birnie Road crossing
LONGMEADOW – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow. This funding is expected to cover approximately 90% of the cost of the improvements. Amtrak, which owns the railroad line and is carrying out the project, will fund the remaining costs.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), the national railroad safety education organization, are partnering again for the second annual Operation Clear Track, the largest railroad safety law enforcement operation in the United States. The event involves more than 500 police or sheriff’s departments across the lower 48 states.
America’s Railroad® honored employees with the President’s Service and Safety Awards, the highest recognition given to Amtrak employees. The awards were recently distributed to more than 50 employees during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Pacific Surfliner partners with San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and California Operation Lifesaver to highlight the importance of safety around train tracks
ORANGE, Calif. – In recognition of September Rail Safety Month and U.S. Rail Safety Week, the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will highlight the importance of safety around train tracks with public education and outreach events in collaboration with California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and two Southern California Major League Baseball teams: the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Angels.
Activation on BNSF subdivisions is Amtrak’s first host-owned territory implemented with PTC
WASHINGTON – Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.
“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Safety Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”
WASHINGTON – Shaunta Bond is the 2017 Amtrak Police Department (APD) Officer of the Year for her significant contributions in keeping customers, employees and the public safe.
Experienced safety leader to implement safety management system
WASHINGTON– Amtrak has named Ken Hylander Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. Hylander most recently served as Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and previously served as the Chief Safety Officer at Delta Air Lines. He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson and be responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS) at Amtrak.
WASHINGTON – “The installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the required routes nationwide will make our whole railroad network safer. Amtrak has been a committed PTC leader – prioritizing, completing and activating installation across the parts of the network that we control even as others in the industry have opposed the PTC mandate and worked to delay it.
“It is imperative that the rail industry urgently work together to get PTC activated on the national network as soon as possible – and certainly by the December 2018 federal deadline, if not before.”
Video shows Amtrak working hard to protect America’s Railroad® and improve resiliency of passenger rail across the country.