New UTU pact ratified on Illinois & Midland

With 86 percent voting in favor, UTU-represented signal maintainers, mechanical forces and maintenance-of-way employees on Illinois & Midland Railroad (IMRR) have ratified a new five-year contract covering wages, benefits and working conditions. Illinois & Midland is [...]

MBTA expanding routes into Rhode Island

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will extend, by year-end, its commuter rail service from Boston to Providence and Warwick, both in Rhode Island, reports Trains will make six stops per day at the soon-to-be-completed InterLink [...]

NS leases 36 miles of N.Y. track to short line

Norfolk Southern has leased 36 miles of track and trackage rights in New York to Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, reports The track connects Campbell Hall, N.Y., to a connection with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway in Warwick, N. [...]

FMCSA shows off new bus safety technology

New technology to improve the safety performance of buses was showcased this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA demonstrated the latest state-of-the-art technology to be used by law enforcement to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspect [...]

New technology sets train speed, saves fuel

A new technology to calculate optimal locomotive speed to save fuel has been developed by General Electric’s GE Transportation, reports the website, According to, the technology, called Trip Optimizer, “can save 3.3 million gallons on th [...]

AFL-CIO launching young worker outreach

A new survey by the AFL-CIO shows young workers worse off this year than they were last year. In response, the federation is ratcheting up its outreach program to connect with the next generation of workers. The survey shows young workers are more likely to be working part ti [...]

Disability annuities for railroad employees

The Railroad Retirement Act provides disability annuities for railroaders who become totally or occupationally disabled. Medicare coverage before age 65 is also available for totally disabled employees and those suffering from chronic kidney disease. The following questions a [...]

FAA: Serious runway incursions halved

Serious runway incursions halved, says FAA Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt says the number of serious runway incursions during the past 12 months at the nation’s airports dropped 50 percent from a similar 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2009, the [...]

National rail talks: October update

The UTU and railroads party to the national rail agreement will meet next week and again in mid-November in continuing negotiations aimed at amending a contract covering wages, benefits and working conditions. These will be the sixth and seventh negotiating sessions between t [...]