Author: Marybeth Luczak

The Metropolitan Council has approved a labor agreement with the ATU Local 1005, which represents more than 2,000 train and bus operators, technicians, public facility workers, cleaners, and transit information representatives, among other positions at Metro Transit.

Transit Briefs: Minn. Met Council, DART

Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council approves a labor agreement that boosts wages for Metro Transit workers. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) advances the Silver Line Regional Rail project, allowing the return of freight rail service to Plano and Richardson, Tex.

Savage Tooele Railroad Company has proposed reinstituting common carrier freight rail service over an approximately six-mile segment of the former “Warner Branch” (abandoned in 1983 by UP predecessor Western Pacific Railroad Company), and to construct approximately five miles of new railroad line within the Lakeview Business Park, which has been under development since 2020 in Tooele County, Utah. (STB Photograph)

STB Issues Final EA for Proposed 11-Mile Utah Rail Line

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis has released a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for Savage Tooele Railroad Company’s proposal to construct and operate an 11-mile rail line in Tooele County, Utah. The STB will use the assessment to help determine whether or not to approve the project.

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CN, USW Reach New Tentative Collective Agreement

CN on March 1 reported reaching a new tentative three-year collective agreement with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2004, which represents approximately 2,500 track and bridge workers, who are primarily responsible for the Class I’s track maintenance across Canada.

FRA Issues Tech Reports, Research Results

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released three technical reports and a research results report covering communications and train control, rolling stock, and automation, which the agency’s Office of Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) is studying with its partners to help improve rail safety.