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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 May 2020

BLET, SMART-TD announce launch of Information and Communications
Technology survey
CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 20 — The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.
DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe), in
partnership with the BLET and SMART-TD, is launching a survey in
mid-May to learn more about Information and Communications Technology
(ICT), which relates to the technology and tools that railroaders use
to share, gather and communicate information. The purpose of the survey
is to understand how best to communicate important safety-related
information to union members and across the railroad industry.

The ICT survey, approved by both BLET and SMART-TD leadership, is being
sent to a randomly selected sample of active train, yard, and engine
railroaders. Everyone included in this sample is strongly encouraged to

“We support this effort because we believe it will help us to better
serve our members. We are collaborating with the Volpe team to reach
our members for this survey. Please make time to complete the ICT
questionnaire if you receive it,” explained Dennis R. Pierce, BLET
National President, and Jeremy R. Ferguson, SMART-Transportation
Division President. 

Participation is voluntary and means only completing the questionnaire,
which should take no more than 20 minutes. Unique codes for each
questionnaire are assigned randomly to participants to keep responses
strictly confidential.

Interested parties can learn more about the ICT Survey by contacting
Dr. Heidi Howarth, the Volpe project lead, at or
617-494-2522. This project is sponsored by the Office of Research,
Development, and Technology of the Federal Railroad Administration.

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The U.S. DOT established Volpe in 1970 to serve as a federal resource
positioned to provide world-renowned, multidisciplinary, multimodal
transportation expertise on behalf of U.S. DOT’s operating
administrations, the Office of the Secretary, and external

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents nearly
58,000 professional locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the
United States. The BLET is the founding member of the Rail Conference,
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The SMART Transportation Division is comprised of approximately 125,000
active and retired members of the former United Transportation Union,
who work in a variety of crafts in the transportation industry.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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