May 29, 2015

SMART TD Head of Public Relations Rob Zanath dies

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Robert J. Zanath, 50, died May 28 at University Hospitals of a brain aneurysm. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Zanath was born Sept. 10, 1964. After graduating from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio, he attended Kent State University and then graduated from Cleveland State University with [...]

Union Pacific furloughs 900 train crew employees

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Union Pacific Corp. said it has placed about 900 train crew employees on furlough or alternative work status to align its work force with current market conditions and demand. The railroad employs about 47,000 people across its system, 8,000 in Nebraska. Union Pacific Corp. also has mothballed locomotives as its transport volumes run 4 percent [...]

Wooden rail bridge burns, collapses in Minnesota

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — An old wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota’s northern border burned and collapsed early Wednesday, shutting a busy train route that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago. The bridge in Koochiching County belongs to Canadian National Railway. It carried more than 20 trains over the Rat Root River daily until it [...]

FAA and industry will study pilot fitness

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The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots. The joint FAA and industry group known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) recommended the study based on the recent Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 accidents. The Pilot Fitness Aviation [...]

Flights from Pueblo to DIA on hold pending new carrier

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Pueblo will temporarily lose passenger air service to Denver starting next week while waiting for a successor to be named to current operator SkyWest Airlines.  The last SkyWest/United Express flights between Pueblo Memorial Airport and Denver International Airport will take place June 3, city aviation director Mark Lovin said Tuesday.  The service interruption could last [...]

NTSB urges pilots to ‘see and be seen’ in the air

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WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert urging pilots to vigilantly look out for other aircraft and to make their own presence known. The Board has investigated numerous general aviation accidents in which pilots operating near one another did not maintain adequate visual lookout and failed to see and avoid other [...]

Congress extends highway, transit funding

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Congress over the weekend sent to President Obama for his signature a two-month extension of federal funding of highway and transit programs. The surface transportation law known as MAP-21 was set to expire May 31. The House passed its bill — sponsored by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster (R-PA.) and House Ways and Means [...]

NASA railroad reaches the end of its line

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CAPE CANAVERAL — The NASA Railroad has reached the end of its line. Last month, the Florida East Coast Railway pulled NASA locomotives No. 1 and No. 3 from Kennedy Space Center on their way to new homes. Their departure closed another chapter in the story of the space shuttle program’s retirement. One of the [...]

FRA acts to control train speeds on Northeast Corridor

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FRA will take additional steps in coming days to address speed and curves on all passenger corridors  WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Today’s order is the latest in a series of actions the [...]

Senators call for permanent director of PHMSA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators concerned about the potential dangers of oil being transported via rail sent a letter calling on President Obama to nominate a permanent administrator to head the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the agency responsible for overseeing pipeline and crude-by-rail safety. “It is important to states like ours that PHMSA have a [...]