Commuter train pulling into suburban train station.  (credit: Chuck Eckert/Getty Images)

Railroads Confront Crude Safety

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.


File photo of the Acela train, Amtrak's current highspeed train.  (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Amtrak)

Amtrak, California Team Up On High-Speed Rail

The two biggest players in the nation’s pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they’ll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.