May 5, 2016

Minn. SLD Qualy, “CP fatalities preventable”

Fox 9 reports that a fatality that occurred last week during a crew change on Canadian Pacific may have been preventable. In an interview with the news channel, Minnesota State Legislative Director Phil Qualy said that CP could have taken action to move the crew changes to a safer area, but took no action. Qualy […]

Amtrak crash in Pa., two dead, many injured

Amtrak train 89 struck a backhoe this morning in Chester, Pa., just south of Philadelphia. Of the 341 passengers on board around 35 were injured. The two that died were the backhoe operator and a supervisor. Family members of those on board can call 800-523-9101 to inquire about their loved ones. Travel along the Northeast Corridor has […]

SMART TD News March issue available now

The March 2016 issue of the SMART Transportation Division News is now available online only. Submissions for the May 2016 issue are being accepted now through April 15. Submissions can be emailed to Submissions are also accepted through U.S. mail:      SMART Transportation Division,      SMART TD News,      24950 Country […]

Metro could shut down lines for maintenance

The Washington Post reported that Metro’s top officials warned that its transit system is in such need of repair that entire rail lines might have to be shut down for maintenance, for as long as six months. This could potentially impact thousands of daily commuters and worsen traffic congestion in the region. Read the entire […]

Big labor win: Supreme Court rules in favor of union fees

Reuters reported that the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 4-4 split decision, ruled in favor of public sector unions by preserving the legal precedent of agency fees, which are a vital source of cash for organized labor. Read the entire story here.

POLITICO mentions SMART TD poll

In their morning transportation tip sheet, POLITICO mentioned a poll recently conducted by DFM Research and SMART Transportation Division. The poll was conducted in Missouri and asked Missourians how they feel about issues in the transportation industry. Click here to read the poll results. Click here to read POLITICO’s write up (bottom of the page […]

Engineer killed on the job during shift change

A Canadian Pacific Engineer Trainee Jeffrey Harsh, was fatally injured early Sunday, in St. Paul, Minn. “The Minnesota legislative board wishes the family of Mr. Harsh, members of locals 525 (Grand Forks, N.D.) and 911 (Minneapolis), our deepest condolences,” said Minnesota State Legislative Director Phil Qualy of the incident. Services for Harsh will be held […]

FTA announces $266 million in funding to improve bus service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $266 million in competitive grant funding for bus programs nationwide. The funding consists of $211 million in grants for buses and bus facilities projects, as well as $55 million specifically for FTA’s Low and No Emission (Low-No) […]

Hudson River rail tunnel project gets funding commitment

Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak’s Gateway program, including the rebuilding of the Hudson River rail tunnel system, recently obtained commitments for the funding of the creation of an executive oversight committee and for preliminary engineering work. Read the entire story here.

Effective April 1: New administrator for STD & new provider for LTD

Benefits, Premiums stay the same! On Friday, April 1, 2016, a new insurance administrator for Short Term Disability (STD) and a new insurance provider for Long Term Disability (LTD) will be in place for all Bus and Rail members.  Effective on and after April 1, 2016: STD STD for Bus and Rail members will now […]