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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-040
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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 RAILROADS: ASSIST THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION CONTROL SYSTEMS BY ACTING AS A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR INFO ON THE STATUS & RESULTS OF PILOT PROJECTS & BY DISSEMINATING THAT INFO TO THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY & THE FEDERAL & PARTICIPATING STATE TRANSPORTATION 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: 7/16/2002
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 NOTES THAT THE ROCS COMMITTEE IS BEING USED AS A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR STUDIES & PILOT PROJECTS FOR THE RAIL INDUSTRY. WE ALSO OTES THAT IN THE FUTURE THE ROCS COMMITTEE WILL FURNISH INFO TO THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY & TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS. IN MAKING THIS RECOMMENDATION, TH BOARD ALSO VOICED THE NEED FOR EXPANDED INFO DISSEMINATION TO INTERESTED PARTIES. UNTIL THE AAR HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT INFO ON THE STATUS & RESULTS OF PILOT PROJECTS IS REACHING THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-97-40 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1997
Response: M. B. OGLESY, JR, PRESIDENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AAR RESPONDED ON 10/10/97, THAT AAR'S ROCS COMMITTEE ACTS AS A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR INFO REGARDING STUDIES & PILOT PROJECTS IN THE INDUSTRY. THIS SPRING, ROCS PARTICIPATED IN A SEMINAR SPONSORED BY FRA & TRB ON PTS & THE DOT'S INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. ROCS IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH TRB SPONSORED PROGRAM AT APTA.