August 31, 2016

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 […]

Rally tomorrow in support of NJ transit workers

SMART Transportation Division is calling on all members of the SMART union, and all union Brothers and Sisters, to participate in a rally in support of New Jersey transit workers. The rally will take place tomorrow, March 5, at 10 am at the Marion & Norman Tanzman Recreational Area, 405 Pearl Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. […]

Labor unions to hold rally Saturday as NJT strike looms

New Jersey Transit GO 610 General Chairperson Stephen Burkert reports that a labor rally will be held Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. in support of the Rail Labor Coalition (Coalition) and their fight with New Jersey Transit (NJT) for an amenable contract. The rally will be held across from the Woodbridge, N.J. train station […]

Congressional Rep holds Rail Security Summit in Boston

As far as travel goes, five times as many commuters take to the rails than the skies, and in metropolitan regions like Boston, more than one million commuters get to and from work every day by train. Despite the high number of daily rail travelers, nearly all transit security funding is allocated for air, not […]

Amtrak’s Boardman: ‘Hudson tunnel top priority’

NJ.com reports that Amtrak President Joseph Boardman testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation Subcommittee about the importance of the new rail tunnels under the Hudson River. In his testimony, Boardman said the tunnels are Amtrak’s top priority. “This committee has heard testimony in the past from numerous officials…about the urgent need for capital […]

TTD: Congress should endorse Amtrak funding

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in response to Amtrak’s 2017 General and Legislative Annual Report: “Amtrak has submitted a funding request for FY2017 that gives our national passenger railroad and its employees a chance to deliver faster and more reliable train service. Amtrak faces a backlog […]

Do you want more passenger rail service in Alabama?

By John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (www.ttd.org). Alabamians sure love their college football, but what we’ve just recently learned is that they also like their passenger trains — and they’re willing to pay for them. A recent state-wide poll by DFM Research shows that passenger trains don’t only thrive in the […]

Registration available for both 2016 regional meetings

Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city.  Click here to register online for the San Francisco regional meeting. Click here to register online for the Chicago regional meeting. Click here for the mail-in registration form. Regional meeting registration is available online now by going to […]

Amtrak ridership and ticket revenue steady for 2015

Investment in infrastructure critical for future growth of passenger rail WASHINGTON – Amtrak ridership and ticket revenue remained steady in its Fiscal Year ended Sept. 30, 2015, reflecting continued demand for passenger rail; however, significant and predictable investment is needed to ensure that intercity passenger rail will continue to deliver nationwide benefits including providing safe […]