May 25, 2015

MBTA, Keolis agree to implement close-call reporting

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Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Keolis Commuter Services, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and four labor unions signed an agreement May 8 that would implement a federal close-call reporting system designed to improve safety. The FRA’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) allows any employee to anonymously report safety-related issues or concerns [...]

Keolis wins MBTA commuter rail contract

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of directors today unanimously voted to accept the T’s recommendation that Keolis, a French rail company, take over operation of the state’s commuter rail system, winning the state’s largest operating contract in history. MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott recommended Keolis as the winning bidder, after the board listened to [...]

VRE members agree to three-year deal

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Members of the SMART Transportation Division employed by Keolis Rail Services ratified a new three-year agreement June 7 to continue service on the Virginia Railway Express trains operating between Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Of the ballots returned, 78 percent were in favor of the new pact. On VRE, the SMART TD represents conductors, assistant [...]