Yesterday, the SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) filed joint comments on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on train crew staffing. In our comments, we emphasized the critical safety importance of requiring a crew of at least two individuals – a certified conductor and a certified engineer – on all freight trains and asked the FRA to strengthen its rule by closing dangerous loopholes that would lead to increased single-person train operations.
Attached you will find copies of our joint comments on the NPRM and a press release. The press release can also be viewed by following this link.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all SMART TD members who submitted comments of their own.
|John Previsich John Risch
President National Legislative Director
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