December 1, 2015

TTD, lawmakers collaborate on transportation policy


WASHINGTON — Transportation labor leaders — gathered today at the fall Executive Committee meeting of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) — met with key members of Congress to seek solutions to a woefully underfunded transportation system and to boost job creation in what remains a slow recovery that TTD’s leader said is “leaving too [...]

FRA’s Feinberg clears Senate committee


President Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been approved by the Senate committee that handles transportation issues.  Obama’s nomination of Sarah Feinberg, who has been leading the FRA since January, for a full-time term atop the rail agency was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday in [...]

Two-person crew amendment will not move forward


In a letter to state directors, National Legislative Director John Risch and Alternate National Legislative Director Greg Hynes report the following: “Unfortunately, a two-person crew amendment WILL NOT be offered to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015. “Due to the expected rules governing consideration of the legislation and agreements [...]

Contact your legislators about two-person crews


It has recently been announced that an attempt may be made to attach language from H.R. 1763, the Safe Freight Act, which is the federal two-person crew bill onto H.R. 3763. H.R. 3763 is the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which was passed by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday, [...]

DOT releases new freight transportation data


Dollar value of goods moved on the transportation network greater than ever before WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released the first product from the newest version of the “Freight Analysis Framework,” the most comprehensive publicly available data set of freight movement. The new data [...]

FMCSA, FRA begin work on sleep apnea rulemaking


WASHINGTON – If left untreated, sleep apnea poses serious risks to anyone who sits behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle or climbs into the cab of a locomotive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently initiated a rulemaking project to evaluate – and treat, when applicable [...]

White House withdraws Scott’s nomination to NTSB


The White House has pulled the plug on former MBTA chief Beverly Scott’s nomination to serve on a national transportation board. Scott resigned as general manager of the MBTA last winter, announcing her plans to step down as the transit authority was coping with snow- and cold-induced service failures. Read more from the Boston Globe.

TPP trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress


Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to [...]

FTA’s TRACS reports on fatigue and worker assaults


WASHINGTON – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has recently accepted two reports from the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), a safety committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and compromised of transit industry stakeholders. In Establishing a Fatigue Management Program for the Bus and Rail Industry, the report identifies the major organizational and behavioral [...]

FTA issues guidance on implementing ADA


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published detailed guidance to transit agencies on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the ADA became law in 1990, FTA has ensured that transit systems comply with the ADA’s provisions on public transportation, primarily through education and investigations of possible [...]