February 13, 2016

Do you want more passenger rail service in Alabama?

Amtrak Passengers Cars-Jim Allen

By John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (www.ttd.org). Alabamians sure love their college football, but what we’ve just recently learned is that they also like their passenger trains — and they’re willing to pay for them. A recent state-wide poll by DFM Research shows that passenger trains don’t only thrive in the [...]

Unions authorize strike against NJ Transit

NJ Transit

NJ.com reported that members of the 17 rail union coalition have authorized a strike against New Jersey Transit. However, SMART TD General Chairperson Steve Burkert said, “We are certainly hopeful that NJ Transit gets back to the negotiating table.”  Read the complete story here.

Railroad Retirement annuities not taxable by state


According to Section 14 (45 U.S.C. Section 231m) of the Railroad Retirement Act retirement annuities are not taxable for individual state income tax purposes. Bruce Rodman, of the Public Affairs/Office of Administration of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board says, “Both of our primary enabling statutes – the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance [...]

Nominate a Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year

  The following letter was released yesterday, February 10, by Carolina Worrell, Managing Editor at RailWay Age Magazine:     Dear Class II and Class III executives:  As most of you may know, each year Railway Age accepts nominations for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Self-nominations are accepted, even encouraged – and we [...]

Two CSX workers injured in Ohio train derailment

csx locomotive

The Columbus Dispatch reported that yesterday, February 9, two CSX employees were injured when their train, bound for the Honda plant, collided with a stationary car. CSX has not yet issued a statement. Read the complete story here.    

More than 30 injured in Conn. bus crash

TimesUnion.com reported that a snowstorm caused a charter bus to flip last night on Interstate 95 in Conn., leaving more than 30 passengers injured. Read the complete article here.   

Train crash in Germany causes 10 fatalities

CBC News reported that at least ten people were killed and 89 injured Tuesday morning when two commuter trains crashed head-on near Bad Aibling, in the German state of Bavaria.  Read the complete story here.

B&O Railroad Museum honors African American contributions to railroad

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Register now for SMART TD Treasurers’ Workshop


SMART Transportation Division will be conducting a Treasurers’ Workshop at the International Headquarters located in North Olmsted, Ohio on March 8-10, 2016. Attendance will be limited to 35 registrants, so those interested in attending are instructed to contact Dora Wolf in the Updating Department by calling (216) 228-9400, or by email at dwolf@smart-union.org as soon [...]

NJT Unions continue to negotiate as strike date looms

NJ Transit

February 3, 2016 – Talks between the eleven unions in the NJT Rail Labor Coalition and negotiators from New Jersey Transit continued today, but no agreement was reached. Both sides pledged to continue negotiating. Today’s talks were the first since Presidential Emergency Board 249 selected the unions’ final offer as the “most reasonable”. Under Section [...]