October 9, 2015

NJT receives $71.4 million in emergency relief funding


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award New Jersey Transit more than $71.4 million in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds for various repair and resiliency projects.  These projects include recovery and resiliency work currently underway, such as the elevation of key substations in Hoboken, Kearny and Bay Head. Read more from Progressive Railroading. 

SEPTA immersed in planning for papal visit


Ever since November 2014, when Catholic Church officials confirmed Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia over two days this September, there’s been an all-hands-on-deck mindset at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Philadelphia officials estimate 1.5 million to 2 million visitors will descend on the city for the pope’s Sept. 26-27 visit, which will coincide with the World [...]

FTA proposes rule to establish transit safety program


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  announced a proposed rule to establish a Public Transportation Safety Program under FTA’s new safety oversight authority established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The proposed rule would create an overall framework for FTA to monitor, oversee and enforce safety [...]

Locals should prepare for officer elections


Under the provisions of Article Twenty-One B (21B), Section 57, of the SMART Constitution, elections of Local Legislative Representatives and Alternate Legislative Representatives will be held by all Transportation Division Locals in November 2015. Permanent vacancies that exist in any other elective positions also should be filled during this election. The election of Transportation Division delegates [...]

Legislative, Alt. Legislative Rep. elections planned


Members and SMART Transportation Division (TD) Local officers are reminded elections for the positions of Legislative Representative and Alternate Legislative Representative are being conducted this autumn by all TD Locals, with nominations to be taken at the October 2015 meetings. Generally, those eligible for these four-year positions include all members in good standing (including those [...]

Operation Lifesaver awards $204k for safety campaigns

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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), announced more than $200,000 in grants to 13 State Operation Lifesaver programs for a variety of highway-rail grade crossing safety public education projects, in conjunction with the nonprofit safety group’s ongoing “See Tracks? Think Train!” public awareness campaign. The grants will be awarded to Operation Lifesaver organizations [...]

Most railroads won’t meet PTC deadline


WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and shows that after seven years and significant assistance from FRA, most railroads will miss the Dec. 31, 2015 positive train control (PTC) implementation deadline that Congress established [...]

Long-term disability insurance for rail members

Beginning June 29, 2015 through September 30, 2015, an open enrollment period was available for Transportation Division members to enroll in the new Voluntary Long-Term Disability (VLTD) Plan.   Although you may have missed the open enrollment period for disability insurance, members can still sign up. Members who missed the open enrollment deadline will be [...]

Train boosters say ‘save Amtrak’

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People who want to preserve state subsidies for Amtrak want Gov. Bruce Rauner (R – Ill.) to know they have not gone away. A news conference featuring state lawmakers from college towns along the rails praised Rauner for wanting to tackle the budget deficit but pointed out the Amtrak subsidy, which Rauner wants to cut [...]

Is Northeast Corridor at breaking point?

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in the light of problems affecting tens of thousands of NJTransit and Amtrak riders between New Jersey and New York Penn Station of the last eight days, has called respective Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo to meet with him sometime before Aug. 10. Christie (R) while campaigning for [...]