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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-029
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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, DC.; it consisted of a locomotive & three commuter cars. The Amtrak train, operating in revenue service between Washington DC., & Chicago, Illinois, consisted of 2 locomotives & 15 cars.
Recommendation: TO CSX TRANSPORTATION INC.: Conduct, in cooperation with Maryland Mass Transit Administration/Maryland Rail Commuter, the Baltimore County the City of Baltimore Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Jefferson County Commissioners, & the Berkeley County Commissioners, periodic disaster drills to assess their emergency management plans, to reinforce & evaluate their emergency training, & to test the communication with the organizations.
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: 7/31/2003
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/31/2003
Response: The Safety Board notes the various emergency response exercises and training that CSXT has conducted and participated in during the last 5 years as an active member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' public safety committee. We also note that all jurisdictions received CSXT's Community Awareness and Emergency Planning Guide in 2000 and 2001. The Board commends CSXT for these proactive efforts to assess and improve its emergency response capabilities. In view of these efforts, Safety Recommendation R-97-29 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/16/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/29/2003 11:31:15 AM MC# 2030220 Regarding Recommendation R-97-29, CSX is an active member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments's public safety subcommittee on heavy and passenger rail operations. Representatives of the jurisdictions covered by MW-COG meet with representatives of CSX, MARC and Amtrak to discuss issues concerning emergency preparedness and training. MW-COG has sponsored several emergency exercises and training courses in the past five years, in which CSX has participated. CSX has sponsored and/or actively participated in a number of other emergency exercises and training courses over the last five years. A summary follows: * 1999 - Full-scale emergency exercise sponsored by MARC in Jessup, MD. * 2000 - Full-scale and table-top crisis management exercises conducted in Washington, DC., co-sponsored by CSX, MARC, WMATA and MW-COG. * 2001 - Full-scale emergency exercise conducted in Baltimore, sponsored by MARC and Amtrak. * 2002 - Full-scale exercise conducted in Frederick, MD., sponsored by MARC.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 3/21/2003
Response: With respect to Safety Recommendation R-97-26, we had been informed by CSX that research and development of an open architecture design specification was complete and that development of PTS control systems had moved to the procurement stage. With respect to Safety Recommendation R-97-29, we have been awaiting further information on whether the disaster drills had been conducted with all the parties listed in the recommendation. Because the Safety Board has received positive responses from CSX Transportation on more recently issued recommendations, such as H-02-12, we are concerned that these recommendations may have been inadvertently overlooked. We would appreciate receiving an update on these recommendations; specifically, the progress being made on the installation of PTS and whether emergency drills have been conducted with Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia and with the City of Baltimore. Pending receipt of this information, Safety Recommendations R-97-26 and -29 both remain classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 5/17/2002
Response: The Safety Board notes that CSXT has completed disaster drills with various local governments. We would appreciate being informed when CSXT has completed drills with the remaining organizations and governments listed above. We would also appreciate learning of your plans to conduct these drills on an ongoing basis. Pending such notification, Safety Recommendation R-97-29 remains classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/16/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 01/23/2002 8:27:14 PM MC# 2020074 CSX, in response to the Silver Springs, MD accident, scheduled and conducted disaster drills with various governments and municipalities. These included Fredrick, MD, Odenton, MD and Prince George County. We are currently working to schedule exercises with Berkley City, WV. and Baltimore, MD. CSX will continue to work with the MTA and other state commuter operations as they request our participation in these exercises.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 10/30/2001
Response: Safety Recommendations R-97-26 and -29 were classified "Open--Acceptable Response" on January 7, 1999, pending receipt of further information from CSX Transportation, Inc. With respect to R-97-26, we had been informed that research and development of an open architecture design specification was complete and that development of PTS control systems had moved to the procurement stage. With respect to R-97-29, we were awaiting further information on whether the disaster drills had been conducted with all the parties listed in the recommendation. We would appreciate an update on these two recommendations. It is possible that Safety Recommendation R-97-26 will be discussed at an upcoming Board meeting in November.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 1/7/1999
Response: Pending confirmation that all of the identified agencies have participated in the recommended drills to assess emergency management plans, and that the drills will be periodic in nature, Safety Recommendation R-97-29 will remain "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 10/7/1998
Response: The CSXT has participated in a new pilot railroad-oriented emergency response training course designed to ensure consistency between emergency response and railroad passenger organizations.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/8/1998
Response: The Board is pleased to learn that the CSXT has begun to conduct the requested drills. We would appreciate information on whether all of the identified agencies participated in drills, and whether the drills will be periodic as requested by the recommendation. Pending further response, Safety Recommendation R-97-29 has been classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 12/9/1997
Response: CSXT has begun to conduct the requested drills.