November 27, 2015

Governors coalition pushes for transportation bill


Governors from several states are pressing Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation bill before the current legislation expires Oct. 29. Last week, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) sent a letter to leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means committees imploring them to pass legislation “expeditiously” that would ensure the continuity [...]

Working in a right-to-work state


Almost half of states in the United States today are right to work states. ‘Right to work’ is a statute or law that prohibits union security agreements between labor unions and employers. These laws govern the extent to which an established union cannot require an employee’s membership, payment of union dues or fees as a [...]

FTA seeks comments on XPEDITE initiative


FTA is undertaking an effort to speed up planning, approval and delivery of FTA capital investments and better support innovative financing methods that support capital investments in transit. The multi-faceted Expedited Public Transportation Improvement (XPEDITE) Initiative will enhance and increase the transit industry’s access to: Improved public transportation technologies; Proven methods to speed up planning, development, [...]

University of Illinois opens cutting-edge rail lab


By DOT Assistant Secretary Greg Winfree It’s no secret that freight rail and rail transit services are growing. With transit ridership breaking records year after year and expanded domestic fuel production putting more energy freight on the network, the rail industry in North America just continues to grow. This growing demand for rail services is [...]

Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected


Average weekday ridership along the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) new streetcar line came in at 1,507 passengers, which was 67 percent higher than expected for the first two weeks of operations, agency officials announced Tuesday. Known as the CityLYNX Gold Line, the streetcar route was initially estimated to facilitate 900 passenger trips per month.  [...]

Foxx announces grants to promote transit jobs


LOS ANGELES – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $9.5 million in grants to 19 projects in 13 states selected to help train a new generation of skilled workers and support long-term careers in the public transportation industry. The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), and the grants are provided [...]

Working safely with Diabetes


Diabetes has been called an epidemic in America. A 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 29.1 million people in the United States – almost 10 percent of the population – have the disorder. Of those, 8.1 million are undiagnosed. The seventh leading cause of death in the nation, diabetes [...]

Major route changes coming to Big Blue Bus

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Big Blue Bus (BBB) is preparing to meet the train, embarking upon major service and stop changes over the next twelve months as part of the Evolution of Blue campaign. The first phase of the Evolution of Blue plan to integrate BBB’s service with the Expo Light Rail Line will begin [...]

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 [...]