Legislation

Illinois governor signs bill mandating two-person freight-train crews

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/13/2019) Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker late last week signed a bill that will require freight trains operating in the state to have at least two crew members.  The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The measure was proposed by Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman.  The bill addresses the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA)…

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U.S. Sen. Wyden introduces crude-by-rail safety bill

(Source: Progressive Railroading 8/05/2019) U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last week introduced legislation to address safety concerns regarding crude-by-rail transportation. The Crude Oil Advanced Tracking Act would require railroads to share crude-by-rail information with state emergency responders so they know what risks they might face when trains carry crude oil travel through their communities. The…

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Urgent: Act Now On Two-Person Train Crews, Mexican Cross-Border Issue!

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging all members to contact their Representatives and Senators in Congress to support the union’s two most pressing legislative issues: two-person train crews and foreign crews operating trains into the United States at the southern U.S./Mexican border. In mid-July, 15 BLET…

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DeFazio: GAO finds lack of safety data on longer trains

(Source: Progressive Railroading 7/08/2019) A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on train lengths showed that while the average train length has increased by 25 percent, there is little to no data being collected to measure the impact of longer trains on communities, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) announced last week. DeFazio, who chairs the House Transportation and…

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