August 22, 2014

39 rail projects approved for Pa. state funding

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced today that 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania were approved for funding from two PennDOT-managed programs. “Transportation is a proven economic driver and these investments will help these companies maintain and create more jobs,’’ Gov. Corbett said. “Ensuring that these facilities [...]

UP seeks refunds of overpaid pension tax

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Union Pacific Corp. says in a court filing that it and employees overpaid federal railroad retirement taxes by $74.8 million, and that refunds are in order for both the company and workers. The Omaha-based freight railroad made its case in a civil complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Omaha. The complaint names [...]

SMART’s Nigro, Sellers re-elected by acclamation

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Delegates to the First SMART Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have returned General President Joseph J. Nigro and General Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Sellers Jr. to five-year terms in office by acclamation. Sheet Metal Division delegates also returned by acclamation all 11 current vice president to the General Executive Council. In keeping with provisions of [...]

Program guides women to transportation careers

In late June, 21 high school girls convened in Washington, D.C. to participate in WTS International and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) annual D.C. Youth Summit. Participants met with senior federal transportation officials and toured some of the capitol’s transportation facilities. The event is offered as part of Transportation YOU, a mentorship program created [...]

Death on tracks lingers for engineers, conductors

Sometimes, when a train bears down on a person who has gotten onto the rails, his eyes meet the engineer’s just before impact. “We have fatalities where people just lay themselves on the tracks, and they could be possibly staring right up at you,” said Anthony Bottalico, 58, a union official who began working as [...]

President Nigro presents vision for SMART future

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SMART General President Joseph Nigro opened the proceedings of the First SMART General Convention Aug. 6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a message stressing education, strength and unity. Following the presentation of the Colors by the Palo Verde High School Junior ROTC and the singing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems by [...]

Report offers analysis of Super Bowl rail delays

NEWARK, N.J. — A report released Friday on New Jersey Transit’s Super Bowl performance in February describes confusion on the ground and disagreement among top officials as train delays worsened, but praised the agency’s overall performance. The 148-page report was commissioned by NJ Transit’s board of directors and prepared by the law firm of McElroy, [...]

Previsich, Wytkind want increased rail funding

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Amtrak links the Hudson Valley to the rest of North America. From Hudson and Albany, you can take the train to western New York, to New York City and to Canada. And people do just that: Last year, Amtrak’s Empire Service alone brought more than a million riders through the Hudson Valley, carrying business travelers [...]

More gains in carload, intermodal for latest week

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U.S. rail traffic gained ground in the week ending Aug. 2, 2014, effectively wrapping up a solid month of gains, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Aug. 7. U.S. freight carload volume for the latest week rose 5.6 percent measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. intermodal volume continued to flex muscle, up [...]

Linda Darr to head short line rail association

WASHINGTON — The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Linda Bauer Darr to succeed Richard F. Timmons as the Association’s President. Timmons is retiring at the end of 2014. Darr is currently the President and CEO of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), serving in that capacity since 2007. She [...]