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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-73-017
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Synopsis: AFTER THE COLLISION OF THE TWO ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD SUBURBAN TRAINS IN CHICAGO, ON OCTOBER 30, 1972, THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION HELD UP FUNDS FOR THE 15 ADDITIONAL HIGHLINER CARS FOR USE ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD. SECRETARY BRINEGAR ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 20 AFEDERAL GRANT OF TWO-THIRDS FUNDING FOR THE CHICAGO SOUTH SUBURBAN MASS TRANSIT DISTRICT TO BUY 15 NEW DOUBLE-DECK ELECTRIC COMMUTER CARS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITION : "APPROVAL OF SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 15 NEW BI-LEVEL COMMUTER CARS WILL BE HELD INABEYANCE BY THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION PENDING RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD INVESTIGATION OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED ACCIDENT AND ANY SUBSEQUENT SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH MAY FOLLOW."
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FOLLOWING AREAS BE INCLUDED IN SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 15 ADDITIONAL HIGHLINER CARS TO BE FUNDED BY THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION: DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS TO INSURE THAT THE COLLISION POSTS RESIST MORE ADEQUATELY THE IMPACT LOADS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BE APPLIED BY CRASH FORCES GENERALLY ALONG THE AXIS OF THE CAR. THE DESIGN SHOULD NOT PERMIT SUCH IMPACT LOADS TO PRODUCE TORQUE OR LATERAL BENDING WHEN APPLIED AT THE LOGICAL POINTS BY AN END TO END COLLISION. COLLISION POSTS AND OTHER STRUCTURES SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO RESIST TORQUE AND BENDING EFFICIENTLY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80002
Accident Reports: Collision of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Commuter Trains
Report #: None
Accident Date: 10/30/1972
Issue Date: 4/11/1973
Date Closed: 12/11/1974
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FTA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/25/1973
Response: UMTA AGREES WITH RECOMMENDATION AND IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT. DECEMBER 11, 1974 CLOSED. NOTATION 1473. CRITERIA ITEM NO. 1