From left: New England States SLD George Casey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Assistant SLD Chris Weldon
SMART TD State Legislative Director of the New England States, George Casey, reports that he and Assistant State Legislative Director Chris Weldon attended a presentation given by Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass. – D) that focused on “America’s Agenda.” Mass. AFL-CIO executive board members.
“We discussed FAST Act repercussions on Amtrak and two-person crews,” Casey said.
According to Warren’s website, “America’s Agenda” is about the economic security of working families and what can be done to rebuild the middle class. Warren is currently traveling across Massachusetts, giving presentations on this agenda.
Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman, center, joins engineer Arthur Fontes, left, and conductor and Vice Local Chairperson Chris Weldon (262) on the platform of Boston’s South Station for the first revenue trip of one of Amtrak’s 70 new electric advanced technology locomotives. Weldon and Fontes were the first crew members out of Boston on the new ACS-64, which will operate on the passenger carrier’s Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak will launch the first of a fleet of new locomotives out of Boston’s South Station on Friday, officials said.
The 70 new locomotives have advanced technology and modern equipment that company officials hope will provide more reliable service.