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FRA finds 78 rail defects during March inspection of CSXT's upstate New York track

As the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) continues to inspect CSX Transportation’s track in New York, federal inspectors are finding rail defects. The FRA recently announced inspectors found 78 defects and came across one “serious” safety violation during an inspection of more than 1,085 miles of CSXT tracks in upstate New York March 19-28.

As a result, the Class I agreed to strengthen track standards, deploy additional safety technology and “develop a stronger safety culture,” FRA Administrator Joseph Boardman said in a prepared statement. The agency plans to assess a civil penalty against CSXT for failing to comply with a safety regulation.

The FRA will continue to inspect the Class I’s track to identify track structure weaknesses using a T-18 gage restraint measurement vehicle. Last month, the agency launched the track inspections in New York and began assessing the Class I’s rail inspection program following a CSXT derailment that occurred March 12 in Oneida, N.Y. Several CSXT derailments also occurred in New York in December and January.

The FRA also plans to inspect track on Norfolk Southern Railway’s, Canadian Pacific Railway’s, the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway’s and other railroads’ New York lines.

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