Legislation

Trump administration’s latest rail safety rollback sets up industry to make its own rules

(Source: DeSmog Blog, May 30, 2019)  NEW YORK — This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail industry, especially the dangerous and continued transportation of…

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AAR, Class Is urge Congress to pass new North American trade pact

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/28/2019) The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and its Class I members are calling on Congress to pass the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) “expeditiously.” The letter — sent by AAR, BNSF Railway Co., Canadian Pacific, CN, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad — urges Congress to approve the USMCA to harness the North American trading relationship’s full potential.…

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FRA withdraws proposed train-crew staffing rule

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/24/2019) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has withdrawn its 2016 proposed rulemaking that called for federal regulation of train crew staffing. The FRA determined that such regulation is unnecessary for railroad operations to be conducted safely “at this time,” agency officials said yesterday in a rulemaking withdrawal notice. In deciding to withdraw the proposal, the…

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Governor signs two-person crew bill in Nevada

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 15 — On May 15, organized labor secured a major victory for railroad workers and safety when Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) signed a two-person crew bill into law.  Assembly Bill 337 passed out of the Nevada Senate on May 7, 2019, by a 13-8 party-line vote. Previously A.B. 337 was approved…

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