November 28, 2015

County backs flight rule change

Great Lakes airplane

Scotts Bluff County has joined Gering in requesting the Federal Aviation Administration change its regulation that increases the number of flying hours pilots must have for commercial flights. In 2013, the FAA increased the number of flight hours are required to fly larger aircraft from approximately 200 to 1,500. That has caused a shortage of [...]

Details of Pacific trade deal released

WASHINGTON — Details of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal released Thursday set the stage for a raucous debate in the U.S. Congress but also may provide reassurances to those who worried the agreement could gut protections for the environment, public health and labor. The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries [...]

FMCSA issues regulatory guidance


FMCSA has issued regulatory guidance concerning the editing of records created by automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) to make clear that drivers may review or edit their AOBRD records, annotate and correct incorrect records, and certify the accuracy of the information.  This guidance revises Question 2 of the regulatory guidance for §395.15 which prohibits CMV [...]

Retired General Chairperson Cory Mayberry dies


SMART TD retired General Chairperson Cory Mayberry (Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway GCA 329) was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash at 2:30 p.m. November 4, 2015. Mayberry served as general chairperson for 13 years representing switchmen, hostlers and yardmasters on the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern and Gary Railway. He is survived by his [...]

Rail industry had safety technology decades ago

WASHINGTON — In 1981, while traveling on a corporate jet, Richard M. Bressler, the chairman of the Burlington Northern Railroad, hit on an idea: What if the technology used by airlines to track the location of planes and help prevent accidents was applied to the rail industry? Mr. Bressler, an engineer by training and a [...]

Tri-Rail/Transdev agreement ratified


SMART Transportation Division represented engineers, conductors, and transportation specialists have ratified their tentative agreement with Tri-Rail/Transdev.  The agreement, which passed by an overwhelming majority, provides members a fair wage with affordable healthcare for themselves and their families.  “I would like to thank the members for staying united throughout the lengthy negotiations,” said GO-769 General Chairperson [...]

UP modifying Great Salt Lake causeway


GREAT SALT LAKE — One of the strangest and most striking places in Utah — an enormous oddity that scientists say was created accidentally by human engineering — is getting a bit of a remodeling job. Union Pacific Railroad is beginning a bridge-building project to replace a small portion of a causeway that’s been blamed [...]

House rejects bill amendment to allow heavier trucks


The House on Tuesday defeated an amendment to a $325 billion highway funding bill that would have let states decide whether they want to allow heavier trucks on their roads. The amendment, from Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David Rouzer (R-N.C.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), would allow states to decide whether they want [...]

Railroad Retirement Board releases actuarial report


Chicago – The railroad retirement system will experience no cash-flow problems during the next 32 years; barring a sudden, unanticipated, large drop in railroad employment or substantial investment losses, according to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) in its report to the President and Congress. The news gets better. This 32-year estimate is based on [...]

AAR opposed to heavy truck amendment in U.S. House


WASHINGTON –  A congressional proposal that would see much heavier trucks on the nation’s highways will cost taxpayers billions of dollars in damaged roads and bridges while further straining already depleted federal coffers, one of the nation’s top transportation representatives said Wednesday. The proposal, offered as an amendment to a bill that funds the nation’s [...]