August 1, 2014

BNSF loses freight to Union Pacific amid rail delays

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DALLAS – BNSF Railway Co., the only U.S. railroad ordered by the regulator (Surface Transportation Board) to provide weekly service updates, is losing market share to Union Pacific Corp., its main competitor, as train speeds slow and on-time deliveries drop. The shift in market share had shown up in carload statistics, Union Pacific Chief Executive [...]

RRB announces additional pre-retirement seminars

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Additional locations have now been added to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s (RRB) schedule of Pre-Retirement Seminars for railroad employees and their spouses. Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years or less, the seminars will familiarize attendees with the retirement benefits available to them, and also guide them through the [...]

BNSF train carrying N.D. crude oil derails in Seattle

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A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it left a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday, but there were no reports of a spill or injuries, BNSF said in a statement. Four railcars came off the tracks at around 2 a.m. PDT (0900 GMT), three of which were carrying crude oil, [...]

Class I railroads report 2nd quarter earnings

CSX Corporation announced record second quarter results with earnings coming in at $529 million or $0.53 per share. The second quarter of 2013 only saw $521 million or $0.51 per share. Revenue increased this quarter by seven percent to an all-time record of $3.2 billion. On the same token, the railroad saw record operating income [...]

Mo. SLB releases list of endorsed candidates

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SMART Transportation Division’s Missouri State Legislative Board has released the names of candidates that it is endorsing for the 2014 midterm elections. The state of Missouri is holding primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 5. For a list showing all candidates and the board’s recommendations, click here. Candidates that are marked as “no” on the list have repeatedly voted [...]

DOT announces proposed rules for crude transport

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM). [...]

Simon’s direction at LIRR leads to win-win deal

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After over four years of battling with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority during a difficult and highly publicized contract dispute, SMART Transportation Division members have prevailed on Long Island. The MTA was seeking net zero wage increases, major pension reform, large health care contributions, work rule give-backs and excessive concessions for new hires, but SMART [...]

Conductor makes special delivery boy will never forget

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CLINTON, Utah – A simple act of kindness is something a 12-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder is going to remember for the rest of his life. Matthew Mancil loves trains. “I don’t know how it started, but he just absolutely loves them,” Aaron Mancil, Matthew’s father, said. Read the complete story at the [...]

UP representative shares Operation Lifesaver tips

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Union Pacific Railroad’s Operation Lifesaver is a rail safety program that’s been in place for 42 years, but railroad officials are hoping to broaden their outreach to more than just city council presentations. Israel Maldonado, a Union Pacific risk management representative, told Lodi City Council on Tuesday morning that he would like to visit local [...]

Local 1701 takes labor dispute to city council

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MONTEBELLO, Calif. – SMART Transportation Division Local 1701 bus members here July 9 picketed outside Montebello City Hall prior to and during a meeting of city council to bring attention to their dispute with city over wages, rest periods, meal periods and payment of pension contributions. Approximately 30 members attended the picket that was organized [...]