July 27, 2016

TTD, SMART, labor unions urge DOT to protect bus & transit operators from assault

Ed Wytkind, President of TTD, AFL-CIO, John Previsich, President of SMART Transportation Division and other union leaders have released a joint letter to Anthony Foxx, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), urging the DOT to issue a rule “to protect bus drivers and other transit operators from the physical assaults that are plaguing […]

FTA announces $266 million in funding to improve bus service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $266 million in competitive grant funding for bus programs nationwide. The funding consists of $211 million in grants for buses and bus facilities projects, as well as $55 million specifically for FTA’s Low and No Emission (Low-No) […]

Effective April 1: New administrator for STD & new provider for LTD

Benefits, Premiums stay the same! On Friday, April 1, 2016, a new insurance administrator for Short Term Disability (STD) and a new insurance provider for Long Term Disability (LTD) will be in place for all Bus and Rail members.  Effective on and after April 1, 2016: STD STD for Bus and Rail members will now […]

Reminder: Scholarship application deadline is March 31

The application deadline for scholarships offered by the UTUIA and Auxiliary of the UTU is March 31. The UTUIA offers two types of scholarships. The first scholarship is the UTUIA college scholarship for anyone attending college. Fifty scholarships of $1,000 each will be given out for each year that the student attends college for up […]

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references […]

DOT seeks input on screening & treating Sleep Apnea in bus and rail workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that the agencies are seeking public input during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating rail workers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The National […]

Rockland Coaches to get 64 new buses

Lohud: The Journal News reports that Rockland Coaches is set to receive 64 new buses for its Red and Tan Line, paid for by New Jersey Transit. Each new bus will hold 57 passengers and feature wireless internet. “The upgrade is fantastic news to us. I’m sure the ridership will appreciate that as well,” Sean […]

Register now for SMART TD Treasurers’ Workshop

SMART Transportation Division will be conducting a Treasurers’ Workshop at the International Headquarters located in North Olmsted, Ohio on March 8-10, 2016. Attendance will be limited to 35 registrants, so those interested in attending are instructed to contact Dora Wolf in the Updating Department by calling (216) 228-9400, or by email at dwolf@smart-union.org as soon […]

Registration available for both 2016 regional meetings

Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city.  Click here to register online for the San Francisco regional meeting. Click here to register online for the Chicago regional meeting. Click here for the mail-in registration form. Regional meeting registration is available online now by going to […]

Are school buses safer with seat belts?

In an article published Dec. 27, The Advocate speculates whether or not school buses would be safer with seat belts. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that school buses could be safer with the addition of safety belts. The agency has long-maintained that safety belts in school buses are unnecessary. In their […]