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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-039
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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 ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD: ASSIST THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATOIN CONTROL SYSTEMS THROUGH A CONTINUING REVIEW OF NONRAILROAD TECHNOLOGY & ASSESS ITS ADAPTABILITY TO RAILROAD COMMUNICATION-BASED CONTROL SYSTEMS.
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: 7/16/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Positive Train Control

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 7/16/2002
Response: The AAR members are fully involved with the FRA's RSAC PTC working group, and as Safety Board staff regularly attend these meetings, we are aware that the objective of these recommendations is being met on an ongoing basis. Consequently, Safety Recommendations R-97-39, -40, and -41 are classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 12/6/2000
Response: The Safety Board notes that the AAR requests that these recommendations remain in an "open" posture as the association’s committees consider action. As these recommendations were issued between 2 and 9 years ago, the Safety Board would appreciate receiving a substantive response to all of them within 60 days as to contemplated actions and a schedule to complete such actions. Pending receipt of the requested information within 60 days, the above-listed Safety Recommendations are classified "Open--Acceptable Response." In your reply, please refer to the Safety Recommendations by number.

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 8/21/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/22/2000 3:24:08 PM MC# 2001123 The rail industry, through its appropriate committees, is carefully considering the above-referenced recommendation. When that review is completed, I will notify you of the resolution.

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 5/13/1998
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASE TO LEARN THAT AAR IS PROVIDING ONGOING SUPPORT FOR THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY'S DEVELOPMENT OF PTS THROUGH YOUR RAILROAD OPERATIONS-COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY (ROCS) COMMITTEE. PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS. BASED ON THE AAR'S COMMITMENT TO ASSIST THE RAIL INDUSTRY'S DEVELOPMENT OF PTS, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-97-39 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1997
Response: M. B. OGLESBY, JR, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AAR RESPONDED ON 10/10/97, THAT AAR'S ROCS COMMITTEE HAS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY FOR PTS. THE COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF MEMBERS OF ALL THE CLASS I RAILROADS, CN & CP. ROCS REVIEWS VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO PTS. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS ROCS HAS SPONSORED TWO FACT FINDING DELEGATIONS TO EUROPE & CONDUCTED A MAJOR REVIEW OF COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY.