October 23, 2014

Railroads press against proposals to slow oil trains

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U.S. railroads are rallying customers, including lumber and steel companies, to fight a government proposal to slow trains hauling crude oil. Urged by railroads, more than a dozen companies and business groups are warning regulators that cutting speeds to 40 mph from 50 mph would have a cascading effect, delaying other trains sharing the tracks [...]

FRA gives findings from Metra safety assessment

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the findings and recommendations from its focused safety assessment of Chicago’s Metra. The assessment finds Metra to be generally compliant with federal safety regulations, but also directs the commuter railroad to take immediate steps to enhance its safety culture, which is an [...]

44 injured in Arkansas train collision

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. – Forty-four people were injured as a passenger train collided with a freight train south of West Fork on Thursday morning (Oct. 16), according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Of those injured, five are in critical condition while the status of the other 30 is unknown, health officials say. Six [...]

Mother of former UTU Auxiliary President Menges dies

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Laurine G. Wildhaber, 82, the mother of former Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union International President Carol Menges, died Oct. 14, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Carol is the spouse of SMART Transportation Division Missouri State Legislative Director Ken Menges. Wildhaber was a 1949 graduate of Freeburg High School and later became [...]

GLA pilots land deal after years in holding pattern

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After nearly three years of mediation with Great Lakes Airlines in conjunction with the National Mediation Board, SMART Transportation Division-represented airline pilots employed by the company have finally reached an agreement with the carrier. Following several requests by the pilots’ local representatives to the NMB to be released from mediation, the affected pilots and SMART [...]

CN opens state-of-the-art employee training facility

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HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Canadian National Railway Company  Oct. 14 officially opened its new employee training center in suburban Chicago. The 55,000-square-foot facility will host up to 250 CN students from across the United States every week, with hands-on training for all key railway jobs. Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer, said: “The opening of [...]

Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot

NORWALK, Conn. – A man who stabbed passengers on a casino-bound tour bus on Interstate 95 in Connecticut was fatally shot by state police, officials said Wednesday. The unidentified man began attacking passengers around 10 p.m., state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said. The bus driver flagged down a trooper at a construction site. Read [...]

Bid report boosts CSX stock, but deal seen as remote

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Shares of No. 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp rose nearly 10 percent on Monday (Oct. 13) following a report of a rebuffed takeover bid by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO), but analysts said any such deal would face significant regulatory and other hurdles. “You could make the argument that there is not much overlap between [...]

L.A. bus passenger tells driver: ‘I have ebola’

LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s deputies were searching for a man Monday (Oct. 13) who made threats while traveling on a Metro bus through Lincoln Heights. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man and a woman boarded the bus from Line 33 around 1:45 p.m. at Venice Boulevard and Hoover Street. Read the [...]

Two major rail operators may merge

Canadian Pacific Railway has approached and been rebuffed by CSX about a merger that could bring together two of the world’s largest railroad operators, according to a published report Sunday afternoon on the website of The Wall Street Journal. If a merger were negotiated, it could rally a volatile Wall Street this week and eclipse in size Berkshire [...]