August 30, 2015

Keolis posting for assistant conductors in Boston

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Notice of hiring: Keolis Posting for assistant conductors in Boston.  Keolis Commuter Service, a SMART TD represented property, is currently accepting applications for assistant conductors in Boston. Preference is being given to those with prior railroad operating experience, class 1 conductor certification, and with qualifications on current NORAC rules. Posting dates currently extend to August [...]

Most railroads won’t meet PTC deadline

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and shows that after seven years and significant assistance from FRA, most railroads will miss the Dec. 31, 2015 positive train control (PTC) implementation deadline that Congress established [...]

Joseph E. Kight dies

Joseph E. Kight, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, August 3 at Baptist Medical Center.  Kight (L-903 of Jacksonville, Fla.) was a retired Florida East Coast Railway engineer. He retired in April of 2007. He had served as assistant general chairperson (GCA GO-851). He was first admitted to SMART TD (formerly The United Transportation Union) [...]

AAR congratulates Dominguez on PHMSA administrator confirmation

Washington D.C., Aug. 6, 2015 - Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO, Edward R. Hamberger today congratulated Marie Therese Dominguez on being confirmed as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). “On behalf of America’s freight rail industry, we congratulate Ms. Dominguez on her confirmation and we look forward to working [...]

Safer rail not just a ‘pipe dream’

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Railroads and other industry stakeholders must deploy new technology to combat rail safety accidents, according to a report released today by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure. Titled “Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety into the 21st Century,” the report examines the nation’s aging rail infrastructure and highlights current deficiencies in the rail system. Using government data, [...]

CATS explores transit modes for southeast corridor

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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has scheduled a series of public workshops to gather feedback on the possibility of adding rail service along a 13.5-mile corridor running from Uptown Charlotte to Mecklenburg and Union counties, N.C. CATS is conducting a study exploring multiple modes of transit-rail along the route, which is also known as the Southeast [...]

Closter council backs safety policy for oil transport

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CLOSTER – The governing body offered its support for establishing rail safety measures tied to transporting crude oil on DOT-111 rail cars through Bergen County. Rail safety has recently become an increasingly significant issue among residents and local governments. As the transportation of highly-flammable Bakken crude oil through the county increases – a reported 7-million [...]

Taking school bus safety to a new level

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Last month at NHTSA, we brought together many of our safety partners to discuss how we might better protect children when they ride school buses. Today, thankfully, school buses are the safest way for children to get around. On average each year, four school-age children lost their lives in bus crashes from 2000 to 2012. Contrast that [...]

Long-term disability insurance for rail members

Beginning June 29, 2015 through September 30, 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 income should they become [...]

Long-term disability insurance for bus members

Beginning June 29, 2015 through September 30, 2015, an open enrollment period will be available for Transportation Division members to enroll in the new Voluntary Long-Term Disability (VLTD) Plan.  For bus members, Part “A” allows the member to purchase coverage to protect their income should they become disabled after a 365 day elimination period with a monthly [...]