Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Final three states receive FTA approval for rail safety oversight plans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced last week that Florida, New Jersey and New York have obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs.

The three states were the last of 30 to get the required approval before a mid-April federal deadline.

Federal law requires states with rail transit systems to obtain FTA certification of their SSO programs by April 15, 2019.

“FTA is pleased that Florida, New Jersey and New York have developed safety oversight programs that meet federal certification requirements and will strengthen rail transit safety,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

Read the full press release here.

Student with measles boarded Amtrak train in N.Y.

Amtrak LogoA New York college student with measles boarded an Amtrak station from Penn Station earlier this week and may have exposed other passengers to the contagious virus.

The student at Bard College in Dutchess County took Amtrak train #283 from Penn Station to Albany, according to state health officials. He got off in Rhinecliff, N.Y.

Read the complete story at ABC News.

Crude-by-rail safety reports released in N.Y., Wash.

oil-train-railThe Washington Department of Ecology on Monday delivered a report to state legislators outlining key recommendations to improve public safety in response to the rapid increase of crude-by-rail shipments through the state.

The Washington Legislature requested the study due to recent changes in how crude is transported through rail corridors and waterways. The “Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study” includes 40 recommendations on ways to better protect public health and safety — such as the prevention of an oil train derailment or spill — as well as how to better respect tribal treaty rights.

Read the complete story at Progressive Railroading.

Upcoming UTU meetings

The dates and locations of UTU regional meetings in 2012 are:

2012 UTU Western Regional Meeting
Hilton Portland Hotel, Portland, Ore.
June 18-20

2012 UTU Eastern Regional Meeting
Memphis Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tenn.
July 23-25

Online registration for the UTU regional meetings is now available. Links are also available for those attending the 2012 regional meetings to make their hotel reservations.

To register online or to obtain a mail-in registration form, click the appropriate link below:

Complete information on registering will also be available in the February 2012 UTU News.