August 4, 2015

Great Lakes Airlines adds Denver connection

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Great Lakes Airlines will resume its service from the Prescott Municipal Airport to Denver, via Farmington, New Mexico, effective Saturday, Aug. 1. Read more from The Daily Courier.  Pilots and flight attendants of Great Lakes Airlines are members of SMART TD Local 40 of Denver.

Is Northeast Corridor at breaking point?

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in the light of problems affecting tens of thousands of NJTransit and Amtrak riders between New Jersey and New York Penn Station of the last eight days, has called respective Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo to meet with him sometime before Aug. 10. Christie (R) while campaigning for [...]

Agreement signed for Hoosier State route to continue

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and local communities this weekend reached long-term agreements with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings to continue Hoosier State passenger-rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago. Service under the new agreements began yesterday. As the route’s operator, Amtrak will work with host railroads, provide train and engine crews and manage ticket [...]

Medicare’s program integrity initiatives

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For many years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has funded programs to reduce claims payment errors (either paying too much, paying too little or payments being made when none should be).  Some of these programs are handled through systematic checks that look for anomalies and mismatched services, and some are handled through clinical [...]

P&L railroaders seal new deal

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SMART TD-represented engineers employed by Paducah and Louisville Railway has ratified a new five-year agreement. The agreement provides for wage increases in each year of the agreement with an initial adjustment of three percent, effective January 1, 2014, and additional adjustments of three percent on January 1, 2015 and every year thereafter through 2018. The [...]

CATS maintenance workers ratify agreement

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With over 75 percent of the voting membership agreeing, Local 1596 maintenance workers of Charlotte Area Transit System based out of Charlotte, N.C., ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement is for three years starting retroactively to June 30, 2015 and going through June 30, 2018. Leading the way, GCA TMM (Transit Management [...]

Fritz elected UP CEO to succeed Koraleski

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Union Pacific Railroad’s board yesterday elected Lance Fritz chairman, president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. As chairman, Fritz will succeed Jack Koraleski, who plans to retire Sept. 30. Fritz was elected UP’s president and CEO, and to the board, on Feb. 5. A year earlier, he was named president and chief operating officer. [...]

Obama nominates former MBTA head Scott to NTSB

President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 28, nominated Beverly Scott, the former general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), for membership on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Scott served as the MBTA’s general manager until April 2015, when she stepped down following severe weather-related service disruptions. She began her stint at the [...]

ERISA Advisory Council to meet August 18-20

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Washington, D.C. - The Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council, will hold a meeting Aug. 18-20 in Washington at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel at 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 5:30 p.m. on [...]

Senate votes to delay speed control system

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Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to delay a year-end deadline for railroads to install automatic speed control equipment that would have averted a fatal Amtrak crash several months ago.  The Senate passed $350 billion legislation to renew federal highway and rail programs for six years, 65-34, but the measure gives railroads another three years [...]