November 25, 2015

DOT’s Foxx writes letter to House, Senate Conferees

In a letter to Chairman Bill Shuster (R – Pa.) of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, DOT’s Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx wrote the following. Dear Mr. Chairman: I write to express my appreciation for efforts thus far to achieve a bipartisan long-term surface transportation bill. For the first time in more than [...]

Medicare Part B premiums for 2016


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that the standard monthly Part B premium will be $121.80 in 2016. However, most Medicare beneficiaries will not see an increase in their monthly Part B premiums because of a “hold harmless” provision in the law. Under that provision, Part B premiums cannot increase for current [...]

NS hostile to CP acquisition bid


U.S. railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp all but rejected a $28.4 billion acquisition offer by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd on Tuesday, calling it “low-premium” and warning it would face significant regulatory hurdles. While Norfolk Southern said it would carefully evaluate the offer, its sour response represents a setback to Canadian Pacific as well as its largest shareholder, [...]

Foxx criticizes funding gaps in transportation bills


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has outlined his concerns about funding gaps in long-term transportation bills proposed by the House and the Senate. In a letter he penned to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and released Monday, Foxx noted that each proposal significantly cuts funding for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) [...]

Former associate DLC John Naughton dies

John J. Naughton, former associate designated legal counsel of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and United Transportation Union, died Oct. 29, 2015. Naughton fought for the rights of railroad and other transportation workers as an employee of the former firm of Henslee, Monek & Henslee. As a part of the firm, Naughton argued before the [...]

U.S. transit bolsters security in wake of Paris attacks


Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 dead and hundreds of others wounded, U.S. transit agencies have stepped up security measures. Among agencies that announced tighter security yesterday is the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which has upped the number of patrols, K9 sweeps and random bag checks and screenings for [...]

Amtrak adds Chicago-Michigan trains for holiday travel

Amtrak Logo

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so Amtrak is offering 10 extra trains for Thanksgiving on the Chicago-Michigan corridor. The rail service will add an extra train in each direction Wednesday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 28, and Sunday, Nov. 29 on the Chicago-Ann Arbor “Wolverine Line” to help people reach their Turkey Day [...]

American shippers had worst October in four years


Bloated inventories and weak trade making it difficult for truckers, railroads American truckers have developed a slow leak. U.S. shipments as measured by the latest Cass Freight Index dropped 5.3 percent last month from a year ago, making it the worst October since 2011. The year-over-year decline was the eighth straight and the biggest since [...]

New incentive program for Great Lakes Airline pilots


Following discussions with Transportation Division representatives of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union (SMART TD), Great Lakes Airlines has agreed to implement a Captain Incentive Plan (CIP); an annual calendar year program which pays a cash incentive to eligible pilots each calendar quarter. Intended to retain existing captain qualified pilots and provide [...]

VRE opens Spotsylvania, Va. station


The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) yesterday opened a new commuter-rail station in Spotsylvania County, Va., which now marks the southern terminus for VRE train service on the Fredericksburg line. Read more from Progressive Railroading.