July 1, 2016

THUD allocates $56.5 billion to fund transportation

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) passed $56.5 billion legislation to fund its programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The bill includes several positive allocations for rail: $1.7 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration –  $76 million above FY 2016 enacted level $525 million for TIGER Grants – $25 million […]

We need your comments on 2-person crews -Deadline extended to June 15

On March 15th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a long overdue proposed regulation requiring that most trains in America have a minimum of two crewmembers. While SMART TD supports the core requirements of the rule, we believe that it can be strengthened and improved before this proposed regulation becomes final. We also expect the […]

TSA Fairness Act passes House, Great Lakes closer to service

The TSA Fairness Act (H.R. 4549) passed in the House of Representatives April 13. The bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide security services at smaller airports that are serviced commercially. This Act is significant because the TSA currently has the right to refuse service to smaller active airports. A key example is […]

TTD endorses better oversight of curbside bus operators

In a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), endorsed better oversight of curbside bus operators. In there letter, the TTD says “the passenger bus sector must be held to one standard of safety and curbside operators should not be allowed to operate unsafe vehicles, violate hours of […]

Risch: RSAC assigns working group to review industry speed signs

When is the best time to plant a tree? A good answer is 20 years ago, because if you had planted it then, you could be sitting under it now. The second best time to plant a tree is today. That kind of sums up the way our legislative department work goes. For several years […]

TTD, SMART, labor unions urge DOT to protect bus & transit operators from assault

Ed Wytkind, President of TTD, AFL-CIO, John Previsich, President of SMART Transportation Division and other union leaders have released a joint letter to Anthony Foxx, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), urging the DOT to issue a rule “to protect bus drivers and other transit operators from the physical assaults that are plaguing […]

TTD urges federal protection of airline workers

Edward Wytkind, President of TTD, AFL-CIO, submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, urging them to support the Cantwell Amendment. ” This amendment expands the current law that protects airport security personnel from assaults to also protect airline customer service representatives, including gate and ticket agents,” stated Wytkind. Read the complete letter here.  

AFL-CIO leader: “Don’t be fooled” by Trump

Just because Donald Trump has tapped into the “justifiable anger” of the working class, doesn’t mean he is, or ever will be, a champion of the working class, warns Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. “Trump isn’t interested in solving our problems,” said Trumka.  Read the complete story here.          

FTA announces $266 million in funding to improve bus service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $266 million in competitive grant funding for bus programs nationwide. The funding consists of $211 million in grants for buses and bus facilities projects, as well as $55 million specifically for FTA’s Low and No Emission (Low-No) […]

DOL new rule – “workers should know who is behind anti-union message”

News Release NEW US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE IMPROVES TRANSPARENCY FOR WORKERS CONSIDERING UNION REPRESENTATION WASHINGTON – Many characterize union organizing campaigns as debates between management and labor over the impact of unionization on businesses and workers. Today, employers commonly engage third-party consultants in crafting and delivering anti-union messages to workers. Workers often do not […]