September 4, 2015

OSHA unveils high penalty map

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The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a new webpage to identify high penalty cases in all U.S. states and territories. We hope this new resource will be helpful in your reporting on OSHA cases and initiatives. The map, which can be viewed at www.osha.gov/topcases/bystate.html, lists all enforcement cases with initial [...]

Rail safety bill sent to Calif. governor

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Legislation to protect communities along rail lines and railroad workers by requiring trains and light engines carrying freight within California to be operated with an adequate crew size received support from the State Assembly with a 51-28 vote. The bill, authored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Solano, now goes to Governor Jerry Brown (D). “Today’s freight [...]

NJT receives $71.4 million in emergency relief funding

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award New Jersey Transit more than $71.4 million in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds for various repair and resiliency projects.  These projects include recovery and resiliency work currently underway, such as the elevation of key substations in Hoboken, Kearny and Bay Head. Read more from Progressive Railroading. 

Former Kan. State Director Don Lindsey passes away

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Former Kansas State Legislative Director Donald F. Lindsey Jr., 67, died surrounded by his family Aug. 20, 2015 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Lindsey fought a long battle with cancer since his first diagnosis in 1995. Lindsey served in the United States Army Reserves from 1967 until 1973 and received an honorable discharge. [...]

OSHA explains process of whistleblower resolution

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WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued policies and procedures* for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. The new process is an early resolution process that is to be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The ADR program offers whistleblower parties the opportunity to negotiate a settlement [...]

TTD urges exclusion of hair testing from bill

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WASHINGTON — In a letter to the leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), together with member unions and coalition partners, is urging lawmakers to follow established protocol for developing federal drug testing procedures and exclude provisions for hair specimen testing from any House surface transportation bill. Historically, experts at the [...]

Major route changes coming to Big Blue Bus

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Big Blue Bus (BBB) is preparing to meet the train, embarking upon major service and stop changes over the next twelve months as part of the Evolution of Blue campaign. The first phase of the Evolution of Blue plan to integrate BBB’s service with the Expo Light Rail Line will begin [...]

Man arrested for placing items on train tracks

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HOMESTEAD, Pa. — A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly placing items on railroad tracks in Homestead. According to the criminal complaint, an officer was crossing the railroad tracks when he noticed a struggle between two men.  One of the men flagged the officer down and said that the other man, later identified as Bernard Marshalek, [...]

School bus safest transportation for students

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Over the next few weeks, nearly 50 million children will head back to school; more than 20 million of those students, including my daughter, will ride on a school bus. When I talk about how to safely transport children to and from school, and more specifically about school bus safety, one of the first questions [...]

Feds to study daily passenger rail service in Midwest

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CINCINNATI — The Federal Railroad Administration will soon take a good, hard look at how Amtrak could better serve the Midwest with interstate passenger rail transit, and local leaders are saying it will take Cincinnati one step closer toward daily rail service to Chicago. In an announcement sent to Congressional leaders last week, the FRA [...]