February 10, 2016

NTSB releases details of Amtrak crash

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​WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board opened Monday the accident docket and publicly released more than 2,000 pages of information as part of the NTSB’s ongoing investigation of the May 12, 2015, Amtrak passenger train derailment in Philadelphia. Amtrak passenger train #188 derailed, after entering a curve at 106 mph where the speed is [...]

Pa. committee to hold hearing on crew consist bill

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Pennsylvania State Legislative Director Paul Pokrowka reports that the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee will be conducting a public hearing on House Bill 1797 – the state’s two-person crew bill – Feb. 4, at the SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street (Mezzanine Level), Philadelphia, PA. The hearing will start at 1:00 p.m. Pokrowka was instrumental in getting [...]

DOL comments on 2015 union membership stats

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2015: “With today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, we are reminded again that the labor movement continues to be one of the most powerful forces for strengthening the middle class [...]

NS profits fall, 2,000 jobs to be cut

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WSLS.com reported that Norfolk Southern plans to cut 2,000 jobs in response to its fourth quarter profits sliding 29 percent amidst its attempts to ward off a takeover bid from Canadian Pacific.  Read the entire article here.

BNSF idles train cars in Wyo.

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The Wyoming Business Report has stated that as a consequence of decreased demand from the coal industry, BNSF is idling train cars and locomotives in Wyoming.  Read the entire article here.

Dem calls for Senate hearing re: CP proposal

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The Hill.com reported yesterday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is requesting a Senate hearing to investigate Canadian Pacific’s proposed takeover of Norfolk Southern. The Hill quoted Manchin as describing the proposal as a ”Wall Street takeover.” Read the complete article here.  

SMART TD News posted online today

Dec 2015/Jan 2016

The December 2015/January 2016 issue of the SMART TD News is attached  here.  If you are a SMART TD member, a hard copy is being mailed to your home via U.S. Mail and should arrive soon.

SMART SLD gives Ga. lawmakers in-person view

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On Tuesday, January 26, SMART TD’s Georgia State Legislative Director (SLD) Matt Campbell, led Georgia lawmakers on a tour of the CSX railroad yard and Atlanta training center.  “This was a great opportunity to teach our legislators about the duties and responsibilities of railroad workers. It opens the door for us to communicate our needs [...]

Freight cars derail in Minn.

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News8000.com reported this morning that six mixed-freight cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed last night near Reno, Minn.  No injuries were reported.  Click here to read the entire article.

Amtrak considers reintroducing Gulf Coast service

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Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission will consider the possibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast by operating, next month, an “inspection train” between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla.  Read the entire article here.