January 28, 2015

Senator calls for $1 trillion infrastructure investment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Jan. 27 introduced legislation to rebuild America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems and other infrastructure projects. The five-year plan would invest $1 trillion in the effort and create or maintain at least 13 million decent-paying jobs, according to Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee ranking member. The legislation is cosponsored [...]

FRA administrator declares emergency event

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Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Acting Administrator, Sarah Feinberg, has determined that current and anticipated conditions of extreme cold, ice, and severe winter weather in northeastern portions of the United States constitute an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations. In making [...]

GC Beebe reaches 60-year membership milestone

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To be described as a “classic” means that one is considered to be of the highest quality with lasting value; an authoritative standard; fashionable, with simplicity and restraint in style; one of a kind. Like the classic ‘57 Chevy or the fashionable Elvis Presley, SMART General Chairperson William A. Beebe is a classic in his [...]

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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SMART shares with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the dream that men and women should be judged not by the color of their skin, their nationality or religious beliefs, but by the content of their character. Below is the text of Dr. King’s speech, delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 23-25

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The SMART Transportation Division is conducting a second local treasurers’ workshop at its headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, Feb. 23-25. The treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 18-20 is full. Attendance is limited to 25 registrants. If demand for the workshop is high, another workshop will be scheduled shortly after. Those interested in attending the workshop should [...]

AFL-CIO offers union skills training program

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The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program offers weeklong intensive courses for union leaders, staff and activists that combine in-class instruction with discussions of real-world experiences shared by a diverse group of students. The main training areas include: Union administration; Collective bargaining (private and public sector); Organizing (internal and external); Arbitration and grievance [...]

Shuster announces T&I committee leaders

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster today announced U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) will chair the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials for the 114th Congress. Shuster (R-Pa.) announced Denham’s appointment along with five other subcommittee chairman, and U.S. Rep. John Duncan’s (R-Tenn.) appointment as the full committee’s vice chairman. Read the [...]

McMillan renominated to FTA leadership post

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President Barack Obama has renominated Therese McMillan as the next administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) after the U.S. Senate failed to act on her nomination in the last Congress. McMillan has served as the agency’s acting administrator since Peter Rogoff was appointed under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation early [...]

Foxx names Feinberg acting administrator of FRA

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Sarah Feinberg will serve as Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). She succeeds Joseph C. Szabo who was appointed and confirmed as the agency’s twelfth Administrator is 2009. Szabo stepped down as the agency’s head last Friday. [...]

L.A. Metro’s top transit executive to step down

The chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday that he would step down in April after six years of overseeing both high-profile failures and major milestones during the most ambitious rail expansion agenda in the agency’s history. Leahy’s performance as chief executive has been under confidential review by the Metro [...]