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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-041
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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 INSTALLATION & OPERATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION CONTROL SYSTEMS BY MAINTAINING INDUSTRY STANDARDS TO ENSURE OPEN ARCHITECTURE & AN INTEROPERABILITY OF EQUIPMENT FOR TRAIN 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."