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After decade of delays, rail safety system still not ready

As they begin to probe the circumstances of the fatal wreck in South Carolina, officials have already settled on one thing: that the crash between a passenger train and a …

Outside View: Accident shows rail safety can’t be delayed

Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

Oil trains moved 14 million barrels of crude through Washington in fourth quarter

Oil trains transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Grant helps Millwood upgrade rail crossing

The railroad crossing at Marguerite Road in Millwood is getting $450,000 worth of safety upgrades

Millwood rail crossing on oil train route will get safety improvements

A Union Pacific rail crossing used by oil trains through Millwood is targeted for more than $450,000 in safety improvements.

Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret

With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.

House bill delays train safety technology mandate 3 to 5 years

The House passed a bill Tuesday that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place. Federal accident investigators say the technology, …

Spokane seeks seat at talks on proposed Vancouver oil terminal

A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and …

Oil shipments across Washington could triple by 2020

Nearly 3 billion gallons of crude oil will move through Washington on trains this year, and that figure could triple in five years. Communities along the route and state regulators …

Editorial: Oil train safety lacks fed urgency

It’s a helpless feeling watching trains chug through town with volatile cargo. Cities can’t do anything to ensure safety. Neither can states, because rail is regulated by the feds. On …

Cantwell chides oil train regulation process

WASHINGTON – Sen. Maria Cantwell and other lawmakers took aim at federal regulators on Thursday for failing to provide a timeline for new regulations on railcars that carry crude oil …

Tesoro to upgrade oil tanker cars

Refinery owner Tesoro will upgrade its rail fleet for shipping crude oil by midyear, purchasing newer, puncture-resistant rail cars. The San Antonio company’s announcement follows a string of fiery oil …

Oil by rail: Area leaders prep for disaster while calling for tougher standards

A string of train accidents involving crude oil shipments in the U.S. and Canada is causing uneasiness in Spokane and other communities bisected by railways. And the safety of rail …