May 1, 2016

N.Y. State Comptroller DiNapoli urges Feds to increase oil train safety

Timesunion reported that New York State comptroller Tom DiNapoli has written a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging for increased oil train safety measures and warning how oil train spills could threaten state funds. Read the entire story here. Read more about DiNapoli’s letter to Foxx on the N.Y. State Comptroller […]

CN Rail trestle bridge burns to ground in Mayerthorpe, Alta.

CBC News reported that a CN Rail trestle bridge was destroyed by fire in Mayerthorpe, Alta; and that the fire may have been purposely set. Read the entire story here.

Ill. county passes resolution supporting proposed two-person crew rule

The following is an article written by SMART Transportation Division Illinois State Legislative Director Bob Guy and was originally published on the Illinois State Legislative Board website, www.illini.utu.org. Upon the urging of SMART, the Will County Board passed a resolution supporting the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The deadline to submit comments […]

CP to eliminate more jobs in 2016

The Calgary Herald reported that Canadian Pacific Railway may eliminate more jobs in 2016 than originally announced; possibly as many as 1,400 positions. Read the entire story here.

Amtrak’s ‘Trails and Rails’ adding NYC to D.C. route

Railway Age reported that The National Park Service, in partnership with Amtrak, added to its Saturday morning Trails and Rails program a New York to Washington, D.C. route. Read the entire story here.

TSA announces service for Salina, Kan.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will reinstate security service for the Salina, Kan. airport. Great Lakes Airlines was set to begin servicing the Salina Airport April 1, but could not due to lack of TSA service. With the restoration of TSA service at the airport, Great Lakes hopes to be able to start […]

THUD allocates $56.5 billion to fund transportation

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) passed $56.5 billion legislation to fund its programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The bill includes several positive allocations for rail: $1.7 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration –  $76 million above FY 2016 enacted level $525 million for TIGER Grants – $25 million […]

NS downsizing yard in Knoxville, Tenn.

Railway Age reported that Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) will downsize its Knoxville, Tenn. yard effective May 1. Approximately 135 positions will be eliminated. According to NS, this action is in response to lower traffic volumes. Read the entire story here.

Rail members – your comments on 2-person crews are needed!

On March 15th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a long overdue proposed regulation requiring that most trains in America have a minimum of two crewmembers. While SMART TD supports the core requirements of the rule, we believe that it can be strengthened and improved before this proposed regulation becomes final. We also expect the […]

TSA Fairness Act passes House, Great Lakes closer to service

The TSA Fairness Act (H.R. 4549) passed in the House of Representatives April 13. The bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide security services at smaller airports that are serviced commercially. This Act is significant because the TSA currently has the right to refuse service to smaller active airports. A key example is […]