May 28, 2016

Belgium terrorist attacks spark increased U.S. transit security

Following terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, this morning killing 31 people and injuring many others, the U.S. has ramped up security at our nation’s transit stations and airports. Although there are no indications of any terrorist activity on U.S. soil, security has been increased as a precaution. Read more from USA Today.

Momentum building in support of two-person crews

Support among railroaders, unions, states and others has come in the wake of last week’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The proposed rule comes after a completed study by the FRA comparing two accidents: the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, derailment (operated by a one crewmember) and the Casselton, N.D. derailment (operated by three persons). […]

FRA’s proposed rule requiring two-person crews irks rail industry, draws praise from safety advocates

The Federal Railroad Administration rolled out a long-awaited proposed rule this week requiring two-person crews on most trains. The rule comes three years after 47 people were killed in the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, train crash (which had a one-person crew) and almost a year after the deadly Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia, also operated by one […]

FTA announces final rule strengthening state safety oversight of rail transit systems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a final rule that significantly strengthens state safety oversight and enforcement authority to prevent and mitigate accidents and incidents on rail transit systems. “With the more rigorous and effective state safety oversight required by this final rule and federal law, transit systems across […]

SMART TD Press Release: FRA issues notice of proposed rulemaking requiring two-person crews

FRA issues notice of proposed rulemaking requiring two-person crews WASHINGTON –Today the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a proposed rule that sets forth the requirements and exceptions for a minimum crew of at least two people on America’s trains. The proposed rule is a major step forward in SMART Transportation Division’s campaign to bring about this […]

32 injured in Kansas Amtrak derailment

ABC News reports that 32 people were taken to the hospital with injuries after an Amtrak train derailed near Cimarron, Kan., around Midnight, March 14. The injuries suffered by passengers were not life threatening. Amtrak Southwest Chief Train 4 was en route to Chicago from Los Angeles when it derailed. Read more from ABC News. SMART TD […]

NJ Transit strike averted, tentative agreement reached

  ABC News reports that a potential strike or lockout on New Jersey Transit (NJT) has been averted. A tentative agreement has been reached between the carrier and the Rail Labor Coalition which represents 4,000 union members employed by NJT. Union members now will have a chance to vote to accept or reject the tentative […]

DOT seeks input on screening & treating Sleep Apnea in bus and rail workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that the agencies are seeking public input during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating rail workers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The National […]

Q & A – Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than social security benefits, especially for “career” employees who have 30 or more years of service. The following questions and answers show the differences in railroad retirement […]

NJ Transit train strikes and kills Amtrak employee

Trains.com reported that an Amtrak employee was struck and killed on March 1, 2016, on the Northeast Corridor. Read the entire article here.