Friday Derailment Roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

Friday Derailment Roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

Pittsburgh named a finalist in national transportation challenge

Pittsburgh is on a quest to become the country’s first “Smart City.”

The city got word over the weekend that Pittsburgh is among seven finalists advancing in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge to expand transportation performance by enhancing “safety, mobility, sustainability, economic vitality, and address climate change” according to the department [DOT].

Drone technology, popularity outpaces regulations

ENVIRONMENT The number of people — most of them inexperienced pilots — taking to the sky has pushed the FAA to regulate drone use. But the agency has yet to make a plan that addresses safety and privacy concerns and gives drone owners a clear path to legal flying, revealing how difficult it is for regulators to keep up with the pace of technology.

Coalitions form to preserve affordable housing market

The majority of public transit riders are low-income people who live in affordable, unsubsidized housing, said Dr. Barbara Brown Wilson, assistant professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia.

Wilson spoke to an audience at the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday about a study that focused on the intersection between “naturally occurring” affordable housing, energy and utilities, and transit.