Digest: NTSB issues report, recommendations on fatal CSX maintenance accident

News Wire Digest third section for Aug. 27: UP names new communications chief; Sacramento transit changes include light rail increases
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Thursday afternoon rail news:

NTSB says CSX maintenance worker failed to turn off machine during repairs, leading to fatality

The attempt to repair a ballast regulator without powering the machine off led to the death of a CSX Transportation maintenance-of-way worker in March 2018, according to a report issued today by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report on the accident near Wartrace, Tenn., includes four safety recommendations — two for CSX, one for the Federal Railroad Administration, and one for the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association — all dealing with the need for operator presence controls on maintenance equipment, which would prevent the machinery from moving without an individual in the cab.

Beyah named as UP chief communications officer
Union Pacific has announced Clarissa Beyah is the company’s new chief communications officer, overseeing corporate communications including executive and employee communications, media relations, digital and social media, and advising the company’s senior leadership. She previously has led communications at Northwestern Mutual and GE Transportation, among other companies. She is also a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

Sacramento set for increases to light rail, bus service
Sacramento Regional Transit will return service to pre-COVID-19 levels on two of its three light rail routes as part of systemwide service changes effective this Sunday, Aug. 30. The Blue and Gold lines will see increased service frequency, while the Green line will remain at current reduced levels. Many bus routes will also see increased service.

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