February 28, 2015

SLD Bates accepts spot on FRA panel

District of Columbia State Legislative Director and SMART Transportation Safety Team member Willie Bates has been invited by Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo to serve on the Stakeholder Review Panel for the agency’s new Clear Signal for Action safety program. The CSA safety pilot program, funded by the FRA’s Office of Research and Development, seeks [...]

UTU officer pushes transit safety improvements


Just ask UTU District of Columbia Legislative Director Willie Bates about safety standards for rail-transit systems. Unlike freight and passenger railroads, rail-transit systems are not bound by federal construction standards, nor are their workers in safety senstive positions governed by federal hours-of-service limitations, says Bates. As a member of the Obama administration’s 20-person Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety, Bates [...]