Here’s our JOINT SMART-TD & BLET 2020 GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS for Washington State.
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Election day is less than two weeks away. This is arguably the most critical election for the future existence of our nation since the Presidential election of 1860.
The future of our careers as railroad workers hinges on the outcome of this national election.
In Washington state you can register to vote online through November 26th, after that date you can register to vote and cast your ballot in person at any County Election office or Voter Center, through November 3rd’s election day!
Washington State Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division
Industry News and Updates
HB 1841 passed the Senate, 34-15!It has already passed the House of Representatives, 65-30, so now the bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for signature. Thank you to all the legislators who voted for it and all of the people who contacted them urging their support!Read More »
Amtrak plans to keep Southwest Chief train route runningBy The Associated Press The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year. Read more here.Read More »
Suit: TriMet, police failed to prevent fatal train attackBy The Associated Press The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of light-rail train stabbing victim Taliesin Namkai-Meche has filed a $10.1 million lawsuit against TriMet and the Portland Police Bureau for failing to arrest and ban Jeremy Christian from the system before Namkai-Meche and another passenger were killed.Read more here.Read More »
America’s railroad blues are self-inflicted woundsDeadly Amtrak train crashes point to a deeper problem with America’s railroad system. By Jon Talton Special to The Seattle Times From the Dec. 18th derailment of Amtrak Cascades 501 to the South Carolina collision between Amtrak’s Silver Star and a standing freight train earlier this month, train safety has assumed a prominent spot in...Read More »