Digest: FRA report makes accessibility recommendations for future passenger cars

News Wire Digest third section for Aug. 12: Two workers found dead at Trinity Rail facility; SEPTA hit by malware attack
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Wednesday afternoon rail news:

FRA report makes accessibility recommendations for future passenger cars

Wider vestibules, wider wheelchair lifts capable of handling heavier loads, and larger onboard spaces for wheelchairs are among the recommendations for accessibility design for new bilevel passenger cars in a Federal Railroad Administration report issued in July. The report, “Inclusive and Universal Accessible Design Considerations for Next Generation of Passenger Railcars,” draws on studies conducted by Oregon State University. The recommendations will be incorporated to the design specifications for new bilevel cars. The study also developed specifications for improved wheelchair access to restrooms, and how best to protect wheelchair occupants in the event of an accident. The full report is available here.

Two found dead at Trinity facility in Oklahoma
Two employees at a Trinity Rail maintenance facility in Hugo, Okla., were found dead inside a tank car this morning, KXII-TV reports. Hugo police chief John Mitchell tells the station officers responded to a call of two unresponsive individuals inside the car at 8:30 a.m. They were pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. The station says the National Transportation Safety Board and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. The facility performs maintenance and repairs for cars owned or leased by shippers.

SEPTA information for customers affected by malware attack
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says a malware attack on its servers has kept it from being able to share real-time information with its customers since Monday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports technical issues began over the weekend, with the agency later bringing in the FBI and outside information technology experts. Real-time data like “next to arrive” information on SEPTA’s app has been affected, as has employee email, payroll, and timekeeping access. SEPTA service has not been affected, but the agency has no estimate when real-time information will be restored.

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