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Support H.R. 1763, The Safe Freight Act

The Safe Freight Act The bill would require that freight trains are operated by at least two crew members - a certified engineer and a certified conductor. Ask your Representative to sign on as a cosponsor today! Click Here now! It takes less than ...

 FRA Extends Comment Period for Two Person Crews

FRA Extends Comment Period for Two Person Crews

On March 15th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a long overdue proposed regulation requiring that most trains in America have a minimum of two crewmembers. While SMART TD supports the core requirements of the rule, we believe that it ...
 FRA announces final rule to prevent runaway trains

FRA announces final rule to prevent runaway trains

WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a final rule to prevent unattended trains that carry crude, ethanol, poisonous by inhalation (PIH), toxic by inhalation (TIH), and other highly flammable contents ...
 Rail safety upgrades stalled on Capitol Hill

Rail safety upgrades stalled on Capitol Hill

Two months after a deadly Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia thrust the issue back into the spotlight, frustrated legislators in the Northeast are seemingly no closer to getting the rail-safety upgrades they want. The transportation measure ...
 Elizabeth Warren welcomes SMART TD to Providence

Elizabeth Warren welcomes SMART TD to Providence

In a video message, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D – Mass.) welcomed SMART Transportation Division attendees to the Providence, R.I. regional meeting held July 13-15, 2015. The video was played at the opening session July 13. ...
 Rail safety alert: crew-induced emergency brake use

Rail safety alert: crew-induced emergency brake use

Are you prepared to make the decision? How many times have you been a part of a crew-induced emergency? Conductors, how many times have you alerted your engineer to take action to stop the train? Engineers, do you discuss parameters with your ...
 Railroad whistle-blower awarded $1.25M

Railroad whistle-blower awarded $1.25M

Jury awards former union safety official $1.25 million for retaliation and termination over reporting safety violations on tracks running from Tacoma to Vancouver. A railroad whistle-blower has been awarded $1.25 million by a federal jury in ...
 Southwest Chief rail bill passes first committee

Southwest Chief rail bill passes first committee

DENVER – A bipartisan bill designed to help grow economic opportunity and expand transportation options in southern Colorado cleared its first hurdle Feb. 24, passing the Senate Local Government Committee by a vote of 5-2. The bill, S.B. 15-176, ...
 OSHA’s guide for winter weather

OSHA’s guide for winter weather

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, ...
 NTSB safety alert highlights improving visibility

NTSB safety alert highlights improving visibility

WASHINGTON– The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert that focuses on the visibility of railroad signals. On railroads, light-emitting diode (LED) railroad signals may mask nearby incandescent signals, preventing incandescent ...
 How businesses created pensions to thwart unions

How businesses created pensions to thwart unions

Buried in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law is a provision that would allow the benefits of retired truckers, construction workers and others who contributed to so-called multi-employer pensions to be cut ...
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Tell your Senators: Support Two-Person Crew Legislation! »

SMART TD announces two-person crew bill has been introduced in U.S. Senate ...

Support H.R. 233, The Safe Freight Act »

The Safe Freight Act The bill would require that freight trains are operated by at ...

Pence Voted Against Railroad Retirement »

As a member of the 107th Congress, Congressman Mike Pence was one of only 33 members ...

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