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  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash Monday, 18 May 2015 | 3:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims— the limit set by Congress. An Associated Press review of past cases found that Amtrak never before has been liable for a $200 million payout for a single passenger rail incident. The train, which left Washington headed to New York, was moving at more than twice the speed...

  • The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia has told investigators he has no recollection of the trip from the time the train went through a commuter rail station about 3 miles from the curve where it crashed. The derailment of the Washington- to- New York train killed eight people.

  • Repairs continue at site of Amtrak derailment Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak is working to restore Northeast Corridor rail service between New York City and Philadelphia. Service was suspended after a train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing eight passengers and injuring more than 200.. However, modified service continues between Washington and Philadelphia through Monday.

  • America's rails in focus

    Discussing investment in America's rail infrastructure, with Ed Hamberger, Association of American Railroads.

  • 13 empty cars on Pittsburgh freight train derail Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— About 10 cars have derailed on a freight train in Pittsburgh, but emergency dispatchers say there were no immediate reports of injuries or hazardous substances spilled. Video from Pittsburgh television stations was showing hopper cars toppled onto their sides or leaning over. The company's website shows the railroad operates 77 miles of track...

  • Amtrak to operate system that might have prevented crash Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. On Thursday, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said the nation's passenger railroad will begin operating the technology, called positive train control, throughout its busy Northeast Corridor by the end of the year.

  • The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Appropriations Committee rejected a Democratic bid to provide Amtrak the full $2.45 billion in funds for the upcoming fiscal year requested in President Barack Obama's budget. The cause of Tuesday's crash has only begun to be investigated, but federal investigators said preliminary data showed the...

  • Amtrak desperately in need of infrastructure investment: Pro

    Discussing the derailment of the Amtrak train and infrastructure issues in the U.S., with Richard Ravitch, former New York LT. Governor.

  • America in an infrastructure crisis: Ray LaHood Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:36 PM ET
    Rescuers work around derailed carriages of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    The U.S. has not invested in infrastructure, which is vital to a safe transportation system, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

  • The problem with America's infrastructure   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:18 PM ET
    The problem with America's infrastructure

    Brian Pallasch, ASCE Managing Director, discusses the grade of America's rail infrastructure and lack of funding.

  • The latest on Amtrak crash: Mayor says at least 5 dead Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 10:23 PM ET

    The mayor says at least five people were killed when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. The train was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City on Tuesday night when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood. The train was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City on Tuesday night when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood.

  • Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia kills 5 people Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, killing at least five people and injuring several more. Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C. The front of the train was going into a turn when it started to shake before coming to a sudden stop.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Wells County, North Dakota on Wednesday, officials said, just days after the U.S. government announced sweeping reforms to improve safety of the volatile shipments. Heimdal is a tiny town in central North Dakota located along one of the main rail lines heading east out of the giant Bakken oil...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 6- Aiming to show the human side of North Dakota's oil industry, the Smithsonian Channel's "Boomtowners" chronicles the highs and lows of transplants to one of the nation's fastest-growing economies. Instead, "Boomtowners" tells the stories of some of the thousands of people who relocate to rural North Dakota for a fresh start in the oil boom,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 5- A growing share of Canadian oil-by-rail traffic is made up of tough-to-ignite undiluted heavy crude and raw bitumen, say industry executives, as companies scramble to cut expenditures with the price of crude down more than 40 percent since June. "The business is moving back to where it started, which is as a vehicle to move undiluted heavy...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators...

  • Canada has promised to "harmonize" its regulations with the United States. The decision has angered the North American rail industry, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department believes it will stand up to any legal challenge. The Association of American Railroads, which has lawyers studying the rule, slammed the government for basing its...

  • California port truckers end strike after four days Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, May 1- Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, May 1- The United States and Canada on Friday announced long-awaited safety rules for trains carrying oil, as regulators seek to reduce risks after a series of explosive accidents that accompanied a surge in crude-by-rail shipments. Under the rules, announced by Canada's Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt and U.S. Tank cars built after...

  • May 1- New safety rules governing oil-by-rail shipments in the United States will cost an estimated $2.5 billion to implement over the next two decades, according to a final proposal from the Department of Transportation on Friday. 49 CFR§ Speed Restriction: 40 $56 mln- $242 mln** $180 mln 174.310 mph speed limit in. 49 CFR Existing Tank Car $426 mln- $1.706 bln** $1.747...