In an interview with Trains.com, E. Hunter Harrison, the new CEO of CSX, recently stated that he is not a fan of one-person crews. Translation: he supports two-person crews. Read the entire interview.
Posts Tagged ‘Freight rail’
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that with the help of a $20 million dollar state grant, Norfolk Southern (NS) will develop a second freight route through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that has the capability of supporting double-stack freight cars. The project has been in the works since last June, when a landslide from Mount Washington closed NS’s double-stack line for nearly two weeks. The second, alternative line will now exist as a backup line. A portion of the funds will be utilized for railroad bridge repair in the area.
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The North Platte Telegraph reported that of the 4,600 Union Pacific Railroad (UP) workers that were furloughed in April of 2016, nearly 3,000 of those workers have been rehired. The jobs that were cut last year were mostly train, engine and rail yard positions.
As reported in E&E’s ClimateWire, a Houston-based, billion-dollar coal plant will soon have the largest carbon dioxide “capture and sequestration” system ever constructed within an existing coal plant. The new technology will prevent carbon dioxide emissions from seeping into the environment through a sophisticated “capture system, which will filter out 90 percent of the carbon dioxide, along with particulates, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides.” The project is on schedule, and the system is slated to be up and running by the end of this year. Read the complete article by E&E reporter, Umair Irfan, here.
The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, highlights the stark difference in how Clinton and Trump stand on transportation issues, underscoring how the outcome of this election may profoundly impact the health and future of transportation unions and all working families in America. Read the entire article here.
“Working Americans must act together, because the only things that can be done for workers must be done by workers – collectively. Like Washington, Jefferson and Adams, we don’t need a king – we need each other.” – Tom O’Brien. Read the article in its entirety at the Post-Gazette.com.
Railroad Worker’s DOT-NIEHS Hazardous Material Training for Minnesota and Upper Midwest SMART-TD members!
SMART TD members located in Minnesota or the Upper Midwest from all rail crafts are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for our HazMat-DOT Train the Trainer Class. The pay for attending and completing the week-long training class is approximately $1,050.00 from the DOT-NIEHS.
September 26 – October 1, 2016. Class begins Monday, September 26 at 7:30am and concludes on Saturday, October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Lunches will be provided. Class attendees must arrange to mark-off with their carriers.
Courtyard Marriott, 1500 South Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Located near the University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus – I-35W and Washington Avenue. Ramp parking is available to attendees at no cost. Check with the Courtyard Marriott Front Desk Attendant for parking permit.
TO REGISTER: Simply click this link to register at the DOT-NIEHS Rail Hazmat website.
LET US KNOW THAT YOU’VE REGISTERED:
Please let us know so we can log attendees! Email the SMART TD Minnesota office at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; Or, call your SMART-TD Minnesota Legislative Board Office at 651-222-7500.
If you live in the Upper Midwest and need a hotel room, please contact the DOT-NIEHS Travel Dept. at (202) 624-6999 to make your hotel reservation. Attendees must drive their own vehicles. No air travel is available.
QUESTIONS: Contact: Phil Qualy, SMART-TD Director at (651) 222-7500.
On Friday, July 15, John Risch, National Legislative Director with SMART TD, testified before the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, DC, in strong support of a minimum two-person crew mandate for freight and passenger trains. It may take months for the FRA board to make a final decision. Read his complete testimony here. Front page photo: Risch at FRA hearing.
Amarillo.com reported that BNSF freight trains collided head-on this morning in the town of Panhandle, Texas, near Amarillo, creating a massive fireball and explosion that prompted a swift evacuation of Panhandle residents. Injuries and missing persons have been reported; at this time, no details have surfaced regarding those missing, or the number or severity of injuries. Read the complete story here.