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FRA proposes requiring at least two-member train crews

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has proposed that trains have a minimum of two crew members. The move is in part a response to a deadly 2013 crash in which an unattended oil train caught fire and destroyed much of a town in Canada. FRA is also considering allowing railroads that operate with only one engineer to apply for an exception to the proposed two-person crew rule.


The proposal is opposed by the Association of American Railroads, which represents major freight railroads. Many railroads currently use two-person crews, but some industry officials have indicated they may switch to one engineer per train once technology designed to prevent many types of accidents caused by human error becomes operational (Daily News). 

Tags:  Association of American Railroads  Federal Railroad Administration  FRA 

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FMCSA proposes sleep apnea rule

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun efforts to address obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in commercial truck drivers. As part of the proposal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are seeking public comment on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating commercial drivers and rail workers for OSA. FMCSA and FRA will host three public listening sessions to gather input on OSA in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles as both agencies consider whether to propose requirements specifically on OSA (Fleet Owner).


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