October 8, 2015

Railroads contemplate drones to secure tracks, cargo


Rail execs are beginning to explore the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a variety of potential applications — including security. More commonly known as drones, these camera-equipped devices can help crews keep closer tabs on tracks and trains from afar. Because UAVs can move quickly from one place to the next, they offer [...]

P&L trainmen approve five-year contract


SMART TD-represented trainmen employed by Paducah and Louisville Railway (P&L) have ratified a new five-year agreement by an overwhelming majority. The agreement provides for wage increases beginning on January 1, 2014, and each year through 2018, for a 16 percent cumulative increase. In addition to the general wage increases, the agreement provides full back-pay, an [...]

Metro’s top 100 bus survey results announced

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With public transportation usage growing around the nation, many agencies are looking at ways to attract millennials, who are looking for more options and driving less and less, according to respondents of METRO’s Top 100 Bus Fleets survey. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit/MTA Bus Co. tops this year’s list with 5,759 [...]

White House withdraws Scott’s nomination to NTSB


The White House has pulled the plug on former MBTA chief Beverly Scott’s nomination to serve on a national transportation board. Scott resigned as general manager of the MBTA last winter, announcing her plans to step down as the transit authority was coping with snow- and cold-induced service failures. Read more from the Boston Globe.

TPP trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress


Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to [...]

Oklahoma to upgrade 300 railroad crossings


Waiting behind candy-striped, mechanical arms and flashing lights at railroad crossings has long been a source of irritation for harried motorists, but it beats being smacked by a train. Oklahomans soon will begin seeing a lot more of those flashing crossing signals and hopefully fewer collisions. Determined to improve safety, the state is about to [...]

FTA’s TRACS reports on fatigue and worker assaults


WASHINGTON – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has recently accepted two reports from the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), a safety committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and compromised of transit industry stakeholders. In Establishing a Fatigue Management Program for the Bus and Rail Industry, the report identifies the major organizational and behavioral [...]

FTA issues guidance on implementing ADA


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published detailed guidance to transit agencies on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the ADA became law in 1990, FTA has ensured that transit systems comply with the ADA’s provisions on public transportation, primarily through education and investigations of possible [...]

Amtrak train derails in Northfield, Vermont

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A southbound Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in central Vermont after apparently striking a rock slide, officials said. The accident occurred in the town of Northfield, about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. A spokesperson for the Montpelier Fire Department said they had reports of four people injured so far after five cars [...]

UAW rejects Fiat Chrysler contract; strikes loom

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s (FCAU.N) (FCHA.MI) U.S. workers soundly rejected a four-year contract the automaker had agreed with the UAW, the union said on Thursday, setting the stage for at least localized strikes against the automaker. The tentative agreement was voted down by 65 percent of the 40,000 unionized workers who work at the 37 [...]