Safety

Plan to ship natural gas by rail raises alarm

(Source: Fortune, April 11, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump wants to allow natural gas to be shipped in railroad cars, a move that would open new markets hungry for the fuel but could risk catastrophic accidents if one were to derail. Trump on Wednesday ordered the Transportation Department to write a new rule…

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Lawmakers seek to mandate two-person crews on freight trains

(Source: Safety and Health Magazine, April 10, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation reintroduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on March 13 would require at least two certified crew members on all freight trains operated in the United States. “Requiring a second crew member aboard a train to help share the operational workload is a commonsense…

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Public Hearing of HB 2970 Two Person Crew Bill in Oregon

On March 4, 2019, in Salem, Oregon I had the pleasure of attending the Joint Committee on Transportation public hearing of HB 2970 or as it is commonly known as the Two-Person Crew Bill with Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Oregon State Legislative Chairman Brother Scott Palmer, BLET Members, SMART-TD (Sheet Metal, Air,…

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Senators to reintroduce grade crossing safety act

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/05/19) U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced they will reintroduce a bill to fund improvements to “dangerous” grade crossings. The announcement comes nearly a week after a fatal accident involving two MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains and a car at a crossing in Nassau County, New York. …

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FRA report: All railroads met statutory PTC requirements by 2018’s end

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/19/2019) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) late last week released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward implementing positive train control (PTC) by 2018’s end. All 41 railroads either met the end-of-2018 statutory deadline for full implementation or submitted requests for an extension up to two additional years by demonstrating they…

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