July 3, 2015

Daniel Elliott sworn in as STB chairman

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Daniel R. Elliott III was sworn in June 26, 2015, as the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), pledging to continue to promote transparency and to improve and streamline regulation of the Nation’s freight railroads. He was nominated to the STB by President Barack Obama on January 13, 2015 for a four year term [...]

Long-term disability open enrollment begins June 29

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Beginning June 29, 2015 through August 31, 2015, an open enrollment period will be available for Transportation Division members to enroll in the new Voluntary Long-Term Disability (VLTD) Plan.   Members will have two options for enrollment into the VLTD plan. For Rail members, Part “A” allows the member to purchase coverage to protect their [...]

FRA: the state of PTC implementation in the U.S.

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Washington, D.C. – Sarah Feinberg, acting director of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), addressed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure concerning the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) June 24, 2015. Her speech follows. “PTC technology is arguably the single-most important railroad safety development in more than a century. The technology is not new [...]

FTA proposes rule to improve testing safety of buses

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that would improve the process for testing the safety and reliability of new transit buses funded with federal dollars. The proposed rule would establish minimum performance standards, a new pass-fail grading system for bus testing, and a weighted [...]

Veterans transition into civilian jobs as bus drivers

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WASHINGTON – More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have now taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military Skills Test Waiver Program. In the first three years of the Military Skills Test Waiver Program, approximately 6,000 former military personnel obtained a civilian commercial driver’s license (CDL). [...]

R.J. Corman to acquire Carolina Southern

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R. J. Corman Railroad Company has agreed to acquire the Carolina Southern Railroad for $13.9 million, with plans to rehabilitate and operate the short line.The railroad company announced in a press release yesterday that it was selected as the owner/operator by a two-state rail committee formed to sell the short line, which was shut down in [...]

MassDOT acquires secondary rail line from CSX

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has completed the $23 million acquisition of the Framingham Secondary Rail Line from CSX Corporation. With the acquisition of the 21-mile rail line between Framingham and Mansfield, Mass., MassDOT can now connect the Framingham/Worcester, Needham, Franklin, and the Attleboro/Northeast Corridor commuter rail lines. The line also will provide added rail [...]

Three new mediators join the NMB

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Washington, D.C. – The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce that in June 2015 three new mediators have joined the NMB: Jane Allen joins the NMB with 22 years of experience in the airline industry. She also practiced law for five years. Ms. Allen worked for five years in a senior executive capacity [...]

TTD statement on Senate Amtrak Reauthorization bill

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Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the consideration of the Amtrak Reauthorization bill: “We applaud Senators Roger Wicker and Cory Booker for working in a bipartisan fashion to craft a sensible Amtrak Reauthorization bill that will be considered by the Commerce Committee today. The [...]

Senate confirms Daniel Elliott to STB reappointment

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The Senate on June 22 easily confirmed the nomination of Daniel Elliott for a reappointment on the Surface Transportation Board. Elliott’s nomination was confirmed by voice vote. During his confirmation hearing, Elliott said he would ensure the board continues “to facilitate the resolution of service issues so that interstate commerce flows as smoothly and efficiently [...]