Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Maritime and trucking sectors get plenty of attention, but rail is apparently an afterthought View article in its entirety at the FreightWaves. — Authors: Jason Doering and Matt Parker This commentary was written by professional locomotive engineers Jason Doering and Matt Parker. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the … Continue reading Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

View article in its entirety at SMART-TD. On July 28, 2021, a Neutral appointed by the National Mediation Board issued his ruling finding that on certain railroad properties, the current moratoria in those crew consist agreements do not prohibit the railroads from serving a Section 6 Notice regarding crew size. The properties affected or having no current moratorium include certain properties at BNSF, UP, NS … Continue reading Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

“Just because an industry CAN do something doesn't mean an industry SHOULD be doing it!” emphasized Fritz Edler, a veteran railroader with experience as a rail freight car builder and repairer. Edler has worked in many capacities, from maintaining tracks and bridges to running high speed trains. Based in Washington D.C., Edler has broad rail … Continue reading Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

ACTION ALERT: Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Two-Person Crew in the Infrastructure Bill

We need to get the two-person crew provision from the INVEST Act into our Senate's Infrastructure Bill. Now is the time to act!  You can edit this pre-written message to fit your style and circumstances. https://smart-union.org/td/take-action-on-capitol-hill/#/

STB chairman critical of Wall Street influence on railroads, questions need for mergers

A Union Pacific train heads west out of downtown Chicago through Metra’s Kedzie station. The chairman of the Surface Transportation Board is expressing concern about railroading changes brought by Wall Street, but UP says it has demonstrated its ability to perform in the current environment. (Trains: David Lassen) View article in its entirety at the Trains.com. — … Continue reading STB chairman critical of Wall Street influence on railroads, questions need for mergers

ACTION ALERT: March of Lac-Mégantic

March (virtually) with the citizens of Lac-Mégantic as they mourn the loss of 47 loved ones eight years after the catastrophic train derailment and explosion in Quebec, Canada. Please take a moment to like this video and comment, “Je t’aime Lac-Mégantic!” (I love Lac-Mégantic!) Support from the U.S. has given residents encouragement and hope. Then, … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: March of Lac-Mégantic

What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Image: Freight train burning in Lac-Megantic, Quebec Credit: Transportation Safety Board, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The top oil trade group, which a senior Exxon lobbyist recently described as one of the company’s “whipping boys,” used similar delay tactics to push back against oil-by-rail safety rules. View article in its entirety at the DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Senior ExxonMobil … Continue reading What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

View article in its entirety at the Toronto Star. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment on July 6, 2013 was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in over a century: 47 people killed; 26 children orphaned; the town centre incinerated; an unprecedented six million litre spill of toxic shale oil; ongoing environmental, … Continue reading Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois.  This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities.  The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN).  The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input