Archive for the ‘Railways’ Category

Hard Numbers: The value of a human life

What happened to Graniteville? I’ll be visiting the town to see how it was changed by the accident, and whether the residents blame the railroad, or just fate. Do they know the accident was preventable with train control technology that had been available for decades? The railroad lists a specific dollar amount as the value of a human life. I wonder if the people of Graniteville would agree.

Rail Safety a Hot Topic in 2010

With so many people traveling in cars, buses and airplanes, who knew what a hot topic rail safety would be in 2010? It turns out the railroads had to submit a plan in April that showed how they were going to implement Positive Train Control. That’s basically a way to make sure if the train [...]

National Team Family Photo

Here’s the crew that will be working together out of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Front (L to R): Ben Giles, Charlie Litton, Stevie Mathieu, Jenn Brookland, Robin Schwartz, AJ Maclean. Back (L to R): Ryan Phillips, Tessa Muggeridge, Ariel Zirulnick, Richie Duchon, Aarti Shahani.

Welcome to the News21 National Team Blog!

We will be updating this blog with information about our research, thoughts we have about the transportation world and even questions that perhaps you can help us out with. It’s going to be a interesting summer as we dive deep into the various modes (Aviation, Highways, Railways and Maritime) especially as we seek shelter from [...]