September 2, 2015

Man arrested for placing items on train tracks

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HOMESTEAD, Pa. — A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly placing items on railroad tracks in Homestead. According to the criminal complaint, an officer was crossing the railroad tracks when he noticed a struggle between two men.  One of the men flagged the officer down and said that the other man, later identified as Bernard Marshalek, [...]

School bus safest transportation for students

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Over the next few weeks, nearly 50 million children will head back to school; more than 20 million of those students, including my daughter, will ride on a school bus. When I talk about how to safely transport children to and from school, and more specifically about school bus safety, one of the first questions [...]

Feds to study daily passenger rail service in Midwest

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CINCINNATI — The Federal Railroad Administration will soon take a good, hard look at how Amtrak could better serve the Midwest with interstate passenger rail transit, and local leaders are saying it will take Cincinnati one step closer toward daily rail service to Chicago. In an announcement sent to Congressional leaders last week, the FRA [...]

SEPTA immersed in planning for papal visit

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Ever since November 2014, when Catholic Church officials confirmed Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia over two days this September, there’s been an all-hands-on-deck mindset at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Philadelphia officials estimate 1.5 million to 2 million visitors will descend on the city for the pope’s Sept. 26-27 visit, which will coincide with the World [...]

FTA proposes rule to establish transit safety program

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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 [...]

Female engineer inducted into Railroad Hall of Fame

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When Ramona Dockter was a senior in high school, her brother asked her what she wanted to be. She told him that she wanted to work on the railroad like her father, and she did. For several months, 18-year-old Dockter worked as a brakeman alongside engineers who helped her understand railroading, including Ray Schlosser, Franky [...]

Locals should prepare for officer elections

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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 [...]

Legislative, Alt. Legislative Rep. elections planned

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Members and SMART Transportation Division (TD) Local officers are reminded elections for the positions of Legislative Representative and Alternate Legislative Representative are being conducted this autumn by all TD Locals, with nominations to be taken at the October 2015 meetings. Generally, those eligible for these four-year positions include all members in good standing (including those [...]

Feds allow Amtrak police access to emergency radio

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The feds have agreed to let Amtrak police communicate with cops and firefighters with access to emergency responder radio networks, Sen. Chuck Schumer said.  Schumer had denounced what he called a dangerous inability for Amtrak police, like the ones who patrol Penn Station, to communicate during an emergency on the same radio frequency as other [...]

NJ Transit plans for Pope’s U.S. visit

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New Jersey Transit officials yesterday announced the agency’s plans for operation during the weekend of Sept. 26-27, when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia. The agency will change its regular service to accommodate the estimated 2 million people who are expected to travel to see the pope during his two-day visit to Philadelphia. The pope also will visit New [...]