June 1, 2016

Donald Trump: All talk, no plan for Appalachian coal

Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that although Donald Trump asserted that he will get Appalachian coal miners back to work, he has yet to provide details on exactly how he will revitalize the Appalachian coal industry. Read the entire story here.

SMART TD at round table with Hillary Clinton in Ashland, Ky.

On May 2nd, SMART TD Kentucky State Legislative Director Jared Cassity and SMART TD Vice President Doyle Turner participated in a round table discussion in Ashland, Ky. with presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Lexington Herald Leader reported that Clinton promised federal assistance for Eastern Kentucky, which has been negatively impacted […]

FRA, FMCSA to host listening sessions on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host three public listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation, and the […]

Unions reject NJT tentative agreement

SMART Transportation Division membership rejected a tentative agreement with New Jersey Transit from March that prevented a strike. BLET also rejected the agreement. Read more from NJ.com.

Republicans seek to protect union busters from transparency rule

The GOP has announced that it will fight a Department of Labor (DOL) rule requiring employers to report having hired third parties to draft and deliver anti-union messages to workers. The measure was announced by the DOL in the Federal Register March 24 and went into effect last week. The rule applies to all agreements […]

N.Y. State Comptroller DiNapoli urges Feds to increase oil train safety

Timesunion reported that New York State comptroller Tom DiNapoli has written a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging for increased oil train safety measures and warning how oil train spills could threaten state funds. Read the entire story here. Read more about DiNapoli’s letter to Foxx on the N.Y. State Comptroller […]

CN Rail trestle bridge burns to ground in Mayerthorpe, Alta.

CBC News reported that a CN Rail trestle bridge was destroyed by fire in Mayerthorpe, Alta; and that the fire may have been purposely set. Read the entire story here.

Ill. county passes resolution supporting proposed two-person crew rule

The following is an article written by SMART Transportation Division Illinois State Legislative Director Bob Guy and was originally published on the Illinois State Legislative Board website, www.illini.utu.org. Upon the urging of SMART, the Will County Board passed a resolution supporting the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The deadline to submit comments […]

CP to eliminate more jobs in 2016

The Calgary Herald reported that Canadian Pacific Railway may eliminate more jobs in 2016 than originally announced; possibly as many as 1,400 positions. Read the entire story here.

Amtrak’s ‘Trails and Rails’ adding NYC to D.C. route

Railway Age reported that The National Park Service, in partnership with Amtrak, added to its Saturday morning Trails and Rails program a New York to Washington, D.C. route. Read the entire story here.