| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:43 PM
A worn and fractured rail along train tracks through Ellicott City caused the coal train derailment that killed two women in 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
In its final report on the accident, the NTSB said it found...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 9:42 AM
The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $12 million contract for construction and repair work to replace a block of East 26th Street that collapsed amid heavy rains in Charles Village in April.
The contract covers a substantial...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The state's top watchdog issued the results Monday of two investigations at Metra, including a case that found a long-standing practice of falsifying work logs intended to ensure safety by limiting train crews' hours.
The other investigation...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Two major Eastern railroads have filed lawsuits against the Maryland Department of Environment to block it from disclosing their shipments of crude oil through the state, according to court records.
Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:23 PM
As if riders on Metra's BNSF Line didn't already know, they suffered through a dismal month of May, with 1 out of every 5 rush-hour trains running at least five minutes late, officials said Friday.
The BNSF Line to Aurora — Metra's busiest with...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:39 PM
From the sidewalk in front of her apartment in Cicero, Yolanda Foster can see long freight trains and an endless line of trucks rumbling day and night through the sprawling rail yard across the street.
What she can't see are the clouds of microscopic...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Prosecutors are seeking the cellphone records of the Geneva man accused of strangling his wife before leaving her body on railroad tracks near their home.
In a brief court hearing today, Kane County Judge James Hallock set a court date for Thursday to...
| Jul 14, 2014
As many as 40 crude oil trains, each carrying a million or more gallons of the flammable liquid involved in several recent fiery derailments, roll through the Chicago area weekly, documents obtained by the Tribune show.
Although mile-long trains hauling...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Five years after a fiery derailment near Rockford left one woman dead and barely one year after another rail crash in Quebec killed 47, the U.S. Department of Transportation acted Wednesday to curtail use of the type of railroad tank car blamed in those...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:49 AM
During the recent election season, the California high-speed rail project came under attack once again, with candidates vowing to defund it. "Let's focus on real job creation," said GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari in one television commercial,...
| Jun 25, 2014
To the editor: I believe that Madeline Janis has it all wrong. I have no issue with her recommendation that the U.S. develop the capability to manufacture high-speed rail cars and "high-tech aluminum trains." ("High-speed job creation for California," Op-...