August 30, 2015

Former General Chairperson Robert Swert dies

Retired former General Chairperson Robert E. Swert, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla. and formerly of West Chester, Pa. died August 20, 2015, in Port Charlotte. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Swert hired out as a brakeman with the New York Central Railroad. Swert began his rail career as a member of the [...]

Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected


Average weekday ridership along the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) new streetcar line came in at 1,507 passengers, which was 67 percent higher than expected for the first two weeks of operations, agency officials announced Tuesday. Known as the CityLYNX Gold Line, the streetcar route was initially estimated to facilitate 900 passenger trips per month.  [...]

Fire crews take the train


With thick smoke impeding visibility and foiling aircraft operations over the past couple of days, BNSF Railway trains have been shuttling fire crews and heavy equipment into the Sheep Fire at the southern edge of Glacier National Park. There firefighters have been working to build containment lines during a lull in fire activity. Fire management [...]

Phoenix voters OK tax to fund light-rail

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Phoenix-area voters on Tuesday approved a comprehensive transportation plan that would significantly increase public spending on light-rail and other transit projects, city officials announced yesterday. According to unofficial results, nearly 55 percent of voters approved the measure known as Transportation 2050.  Listed on the ballot as Proposition 104, the plan calls for a 0.7 percent [...]

Senators urge TSA to implement rail security measures


Senators urge TSA to immediately complete measures required in 2007 legislation.  “Tens of millions of riders use our country’s public transportation and passenger rail systems every day, and these networks serve as the backbone of economic activity throughout the country…While aviation security is a vital focus of the TSA, your agency also has a critical [...]

Corridor chosen for proposed Texas high-speed rail


The Federal Railroad Administration has decided on a preferred route for the proposed high-speed rail that would run from Houston to Dallas and through the eastern counties of the Texas Brazos Valley. The line approved for the proposed train would get people from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes. It cuts right through Grimes, Madison [...]

FRA issues advisory on ballast defects


FRA is issuing this safety advisory to emphasize the importance of timely repairing ballast defects and conditions on main tracks. FRA notes that ballast defects and ballast conditions that are not repaired in a timely manner can lead to future defects. FRA believes it is important for track inspectors to be aware that ballast defects [...]

Foxx announces grants to promote transit jobs


LOS ANGELES – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $9.5 million in grants to 19 projects in 13 states selected to help train a new generation of skilled workers and support long-term careers in the public transportation industry. The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), and the grants are provided [...]

Zanath family shows gratitude to the membership

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In a letter received at the SMART Transportation Division headquarters, Rob Zanath’s family wrote: “To all the SMART Union Members,             “We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for all of the love and support you have shown our family during this very difficult time. Words cannot express how [...]

Amtrak worker dies after accident

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Amtrak says a worker has died after an accident at a maintenance facility in Beech Grove, Indiana Saturday morning, August 22. The Beech Grove Fire Department responded to a call of a burned person at the facility in the 200 block of Garstang Street just after 11:30 a.m.  Firefighters arrived and found a man suffering [...]