January 30, 2015

McMillan renominated to FTA leadership post

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President Barack Obama has renominated Therese McMillan as the next administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) after the U.S. Senate failed to act on her nomination in the last Congress. McMillan has served as the agency’s acting administrator since Peter Rogoff was appointed under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation early [...]

Sheet metal worker burned in fire

Greg Messenger of SMD Local 33 of Toledo, Ohio, was working in a confined space with two others when a fire broke out. The two co-workers made it out of the fire with minor injuries, while Messenger had to be pulled out by firefighters. Messenger was put on a ventilator at the hospital. There’s no [...]

KCSR starts training, data surveying of PTC

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Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) has begun employee training and data surveying as part of its effort to implement positive train control (PTC) by year’s end. Last week, employees began to receive training on PTC track and wayside data management at KCSR’s TEaM Training Center in Shreveport, La. About 160 workers were trained and [...]

Foxx names Feinberg acting administrator of FRA

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Sarah Feinberg will serve as Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). She succeeds Joseph C. Szabo who was appointed and confirmed as the agency’s twelfth Administrator is 2009. Szabo stepped down as the agency’s head last Friday. [...]

BNSF Railway re-evaluates plan for safer cars

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BNSF Railway Co., the railroad owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), is reconsidering a plan to buy 5,000 oil-tank cars built to new safety standards after some customers voiced concern about the initiative. “At first everybody applauded us for doing it,” BNSF Chairman Matt Rose said today during a panel discussion in Washington [...]

FRA lists alcohol, drug testing rates for 2015

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According to data from Federal Railroad Administration’s Management Information System, the rail industry’s random drug testing positive rate has remained below 1.0 percent for the last two years. FRA’s administrator has therefore determined that the minimum annual random drug testing rate for the period Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015, will remain at 25 [...]

L.A. Metro’s top transit executive to step down

The chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday that he would step down in April after six years of overseeing both high-profile failures and major milestones during the most ambitious rail expansion agenda in the agency’s history. Leahy’s performance as chief executive has been under confidential review by the Metro [...]

OSHA’s guide for winter weather

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Winter weather creates a variety of hazards that can significantly impact everyday tasks and work activities. These hazards include slippery roads and surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Learning how to prepare for work during the winter, protect workers from the cold and other hazards that can cause illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, is essential to [...]

FRA’s Szabo comments on Calif. high-speed rail

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Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo offered the following remarks at the groundbreaking for the California High-Speed Rail project in Fresno, Calif., Jan. 6. Good afternoon, everyone. Governor Brown, Congressman Costa, Administrator McCarthy, Chairman Richards – everyone here today – I bring you greetings on behalf of President Obama and Secretary Foxx. Today we make history – [...]

Risch: ‘Another year over. And a new one just begun’

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By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  “So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun,” so sang John Lennon. The holidays are a good time for all of us to ponder what we have done to make life better for our families, our brothers and sisters [...]