Federal Railroad Administration
In the wake of last month’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, the federal government is recommending that commuter railroads, such as SEPTA, examine their speed controls where they have sharp curves.
Lawmakers are expected to pepper Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman and the Federal Railroad Administration’s Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg with questions this morning.
The Federal Railroad Administration today issued an Emergency Order that will “assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor.”
Saturday’s announcement from the Federal Railroad Administration involves the automatic train control system.
“The energy intensity of this — I mean, trains jackknifed — something incredible, almost like a big bang, occurred there,” notes Dr. Joseph Martin, a professor of civil engineering at Drexel University.
The Federal Railroad Administration is has some big plans for the northeast rail corridor: super high speed trains, more stations in Philadelphia, new routes to Boston and Washington.
Amtrak released its 30-year vision several weeks back and later today the Federal Railroad Administration will engage in some give-and-take over what it might mean here.