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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-032
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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 MARYLAND MASS TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION: COOPERATE WITH CSX TRANSPORTATION INC. IN THE DEVELOPMENT & INSTALLATION OF A POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION CONTROLL SYSTEM MARYLAND RAIL COMMUNTER EQUIPMENT OPERATES ON CSX TRANSPORTATION INC. TRACKS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 7/23/2007
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Maryland, Transit Administration (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Positive Train Control

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 7/23/2007
Response: In a letter to the Safety Board dated December 5, 2006, the CSXT indicated it is moving forward on the development of a PTC system, known as Communications Based Train Management (CBTM), which is compatible with systems being developed by the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific railroads. The Board has learned, however, that CSXT has no immediate plans in the near future to install a PTC system on either of the commuter lines it operates (the Brunswick and Camden lines). As the MTA has no authority to require CSXT to install a PTC system and CSXT has no plans to install PTC on its commuter lines, the MTA is precluded from cooperating with the CSXT on PTC installations. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-97-32 is classified Closed Reconsidered.

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 8/15/2006
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 9/1/2006 11:45:37 AM MC# 2060438: See Report - Cost Estimate and Findings for Installation of Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) on MARC Locomotives and Cab Cars.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 2/27/2003
Response: In a November 28, 2000, letter to the Safety Board, the MTA indicated that it had undertaken a demonstration project from 1996 to 1997 to assess the potential application of intermittent cab signaling on CSX tracks. The MTA also provided the Board a completed study of potential methods of providing cab signal and positive train stop technologies on CSX rights-of-way. The MTA also provided a copy to CSX, indicating its desire to discuss the possibilities of implementing these technologies. In a May 25, 2001 letter to the MTA, the Board noted that the implementation of positive train control systems is one of the Board's "Most Wanted" transportation safety improvements, and has been since the Board first adopted the Most Wanted List in September 1990. Because the Board is interested in any action or progress on this issue, we requested updated information regarding CSX's response to the aforementioned study and the implementation of a positive train control system where MARC equipment operates on CSX Transportation, Inc., tracks. Safety Recommendation R-97-32 was classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending receipt of this update. Because an update has not been provided, we are again requesting further information from the MTA on this issue.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 5/25/2001
Response: The Safety Board notes that MTA undertook a demonstration project from 1996 to 1997 to assess the potential application of intermittent cab signaling on CSX tracks. The Board also notes that the MTA has completed a study of potential methods of providing cab signal and positive train stop technologies on CSX rights-of-way. The Board appreciates receiving a copy of the report prepared for the MTA on this issue and notes that you have also provided a copy to CSX. We further note that the MTA has indicated to CSX your desire to discuss the possibilities of implementation. Positive train control systems is one of the Board’s “Most Wanted” transportation safety improvements, and has been since the Board first adopted the Most Wanted List in September 1990. The Board is vitally interested in any action or progress on this issue. Please provide the Board updated information regarding CSX’s response to the aforementioned study and the MTA’s desire to discuss the possibilities for implementation of a positive train control systems where MARC equipment operates on CSX Transportation Inc. tracks. Based on your response, Safety Recommendation R-97-32 is classified “Open--Acceptable Response.”

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 11/29/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/05/2000 6:34:51 PM MC# 2001752 R-97-32 recommended that MTA cooperate with CSX Transportation Inc., in the development and installation of a positive train separation control system where MARC Train Service operates on CSX Transportation tracks. In 1996-97, MT A undertook a demonstration project to assess the potential application of intermittent cab signaling on CSX tracks. In 1999-2000, MTA completed a study of potential methods of providing cab signal and positive train stop technologies on CSX rights-of-way. MTA has provided a copy of the study to CSX, indicating our desire to discuss the possibilities for implementation, and we await CSX's response. A copy of the study is enclosed for your information.

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 10/9/1997
Response: