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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-022
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Synopsis: ABOUT 5:38 P.M. ON 2/16/96, EASTBOUND MARYLAND RAIL COMMUTER (MARC) TRAIN 286 COLLIDED WITH WESTBOUND NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK) TRAIN 29, THE CAPITOL LIMITED, AT MILEPOST 8.55 ON CSX MAIN TRACK NEAR SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND. THE MARC TRAIN WAS OPERATING IN THE PUSH MODE IN REVENUE SERVICE BETWEEN BRUNSWICK , MARYLAND, & WASHINGTON, D.C.; IT CONSISTED OF A LOCOMOTIVE & THREE COMMUTER CARS. THE AMTRAK TRAIN, OPERATING IN REVENUE SERVICE BETWEEN WASHINGTON D.C., & CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, CONSISTED OF 2 LOCOMOTIVES & 15 CARS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FTA: REVISE THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS TO REQUIRE A COMPREHENSIVE FAILURE MODES & EFFECTS ANALYSES, INCLUDING A HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS, BE PROVIDED FOR ALL FEDERALLY FUNDED TRANSIT PROJECTS THAT ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TRANSPORT OF PASSENGERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA96MR004
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Maryland Rail Commuter MARC Train 286 and National Railroad Passenger Corporation AMTRAK Train 29
Report #: RAR-97-02
Accident Date: 2/16/1996
Issue Date: 8/28/1997
Date Closed: 9/26/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FTA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 9/26/2002
Response: At the June meeting, Safety Board staff was provided with a copy of the "Hazard Analysis Guidelines for Transit Projects," a final report released in January 2000. The FTA has indicated that the hazard analysis process has been incorporated into the requirements of Full Funding Grant Agreements for major new fixed-guideway transit projects, and is also required of other major capital projects. The Safety Board believes that this is fully responsive to Safety Recommendation R-97-22, which is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 10/29/2001
Response: In a letter to the FTA dated January 11, 2000, the Safety Board noted that a manual covering hazard analysis guidelines had been developed and was under review by the FTA's field offices, grantees, and project management oversight contractors. The Safety Board would appreciate an update on the status of this review and on the FTA's efforts to revise the grant application process to require comprehensive failure modes and effects analyses. A copy of the recommendation letter is enclosed for your reference. In the meantime, Safety Recommendation R-97-22 remains classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 1/11/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT A MANUAL COVERING HAZARD ANALYSIS GUIDELINES HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AND IS NOW UNDER REVIEW BY THE FTA'S FIELD OFFICES, GRANTEES, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT CONTRACTORS. PENDING IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW FTA REQUIREMENTS, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-97-22 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/1/1999
Response: FTA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER, HAS PREPARED AND IS CIRCULATING FOR REVIEW A "HAZARD ANALYSIS GUIDELINES" MANUAL THAT, WHEN COMPLETE, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO FTA FIELD OFFICES, GRANTEES, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACTORS FOR REVIEW.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 4/2/1998
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE FTA INTENDS TO MAKE THE RECOMMENDED REVISIONS TO THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS & THAT IT PLANS TO INTRODUCE FAILURE MODES & EFFECTS ANALYSES INTO THE FEDERALLY FUNDED TRANSIT PROJECTS. PENDING COMPLETION OF THE REVISIONS TO THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS & THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE BOARD TO REVIEW THEM, R-97-22 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/28/1997
Response: FTA ADMINISTRATORS GORDON LINTON RESPONDED ON 10/28/97 THAT FTA'S REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO CONSULT WITH APPROPRIATE FRA REGIONAL PERSONNEL UPON RECEIPT OF & DURING THE REVIEW OF GRANT APPLICATIONS INVOLVING COMMUTER RAIL PROJECTS. THE JOINT REVIEW WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE FORMAL GRANT APPROVAL PROCESS. FTA IS ALSO IN CONSULTATION WITH THE VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER INVESTIGATING MEANS & METHODS TO IMPLEMENT FAILURE MODES & EFFECTS & HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSES. FOR PURPOSES OF RESPONDING TO THE RECOMMENDATION, FTA WILL FOCUS SOLELY ON THE COMMUTER RAIL GRANT PROCESS.