Making Commuter and Freight Trains Safer

Posted Feb 18, 2016

In September 2008 a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, Calif., killing 25 people and injuring more than 100. On Dec. 1, 2013, a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, killing four and injuring dozens of others. The train’s engineer had fallen asleep and failed to slow the train from over 82 mph to the maximum authorized 30 mph as it entered a curve.

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Emergency Alerts Get More Direct

Posted Feb 18, 2016

Strong forces are at work to make emergency alerts more mobile and precisely targeted. Long gone are days when a siren blasting a loud horn near and far was sufficient to spur people to action. Now, people want information that’s precise, pertains specifically to them and is available wherever they are regardless of what they’re doing. Plus, studies show that people generally won’t take protective action unless they get an alert from at least two sources.

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Prince William Police Chief to Retire

Posted Feb 11, 2016

Prince William County police Chief Steve Hudson will retire April 1 after 34 years of service, according to a county press release.

Hudson announced his retirement Tuesday. Hudson was promoted to head the department in 2013 after serving 30 years as a patrol officer, a plain-clothes detective, sergeant and first sergeant. During his career, he also served as a SWAT team leader and academy instructor.

Hudson was the county’s third police chief.

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