New York residents may remember some of the more recent railroad accidents involving Amtrak, CSX and Union Pacific Railroad trains. Many of these occurred on railroads that had temporarily suspended the signal system for maintenance, repairs and other work. The trend is so prominent that the Federal Railroad Administration has issued a safety advisory for all railroads under signal suspensions.
Published in the Federal Register this November, it is the final development of a draft safety advisory issued in April. The FRA recommends that these railroads develop procedures that are consistent with previously identified best practices; that way, railroad workers will be protected during signal suspensions.