July 22, 2014

Grow America: Federal Railroad Administration


The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) mission is to ensure the safe, reliable, and efficient rail transportation of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future. Unfortunately, the growth of our economy and population is outpacing our level of investment in the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, creating a situation that, if left [...]

House panel approves transportation bill


The full House will take up a $52 billion spending bill that would fund transportation and housing programs in fiscal 2015 as early as this month. Appropriators backed the legislation May 21 by a vote of 28-21 during a committee hearing. Read the complete story at Transport Topics.

PEB 245: ‘LIRR unions’ offer most reasonable’


Presidential Emergency Board 245 determined May 20 that “the Unions’ final offer is the most reasonable” in the four-year-old bargaining dispute between the International Association of Sheet, Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers and its allied unions and the Long Island Rail Road. The PEB report sets in motion a final 60-day cooling off period. [...]

Engineer, conductor tell of horrors of accidents

PHILADELPHIA – A CBS 3 I-Team investigation reveals the dangers when cars and people wind up in the path of trains along SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines. Eyewitness News Reporter Walt Hunter spoke exclusively with a veteran engineer and conductor who tell of the horrifying moments when wrecks happen. Read the complete story at CBS News [...]

Second PEB sides with LIRR unions

A White House-appointed mediation panel Tuesday rejected an MTA proposal for a Long Island Rail Road union contract for the second time, calling labor leaders’ offer of a 17 percent, six-year pact a “reasonable” solution. In its nonbinding recommendation issued last evening, the three-member Presidential Emergency Board 245 called the LIRR unions’ proposal for the [...]

Still time to add delegates for SMART Convention


Locals entitled to additional Delegates at the SMART General Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., are reminded that there’s still time to elect such Delegates if action is taken quickly. The SMART Constitution’s Article Twenty-One B (21B), Section 55, provides for the scheduling of Special meetings, and through the scheduling of two such meetings, and the [...]

Midwest High Speed Rail Association thanks Biden

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association praised Vice President Joe Biden for doubling down on his commitment to federal investment in passenger rail on Wednesday. Biden visited Cleveland to celebrate new federal investment in the improvement and renewal of the rail transit infrastructure at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Rail Complex, known as Cleveland [...]

W. Va. residents support Amtrak

Politics seem to be more divisive than ever, and campaigns seem to never end. The one thing that unites Americans across political and ideological lines is the need for good transportation options, and their overwhelming support for our national passenger railroad, Amtrak. Red, blue or purple, recent polls across America in places like Kansas, Missouri, [...]

Infrastructure Week 2014 will be held May 12-16

Infrastructure Week 2014 will be held May 12-16 and will explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize aging infrastructure. Daily signature events will focus on major infrastructure challenges, including freight and goods movement, passenger transportation, and drinking water and wastewater treatment. A “Jobs and Infrastructure Rally” will be held [...]

SMART General Convention notice to locals


International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers General Secretary-Treasurer Joe Sellers Jr. has issued the following SMART General Convention notice to all local union presidents, business managers, financial secretary-treasurers and local Transportation Division secretaries. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: “As you know, the SMART General Convention will be held the week of August [...]