ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor View article in its entirety at Railway Age. The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is among those who have submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s draft strategic framework.  Comments on the framework—which will guide USDOT’s work, including implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, over the next five years—were due … Continue reading ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

IL Two Person Crew Bill (SB 24) Preempted

The unfortunate, recently issued Seventh Circuit ruling federally preempts the Illinois Two Person Crew law (SB 24), which was passed and signed into law in 2019.  The courts basis for its ruling was the Federal 3R Act, which created Conrail.  The 3R Act was designed to reorganize struggling railroads in the Northeast and Midwest, bringing … Continue reading IL Two Person Crew Bill (SB 24) Preempted

ACTION ALERT: After EPA Administrator Tours People of Color Community Poisoned by Creosote Wood Preservative, a Call to Ban It

(Beyond Pesticides, December 20, 2021) Despite a high-profile tour of communities affected by toxic chemicals by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, EPA still fails to make connections that could help protect against poisoning of workers, fenceline communities, and others. For example, as Mr. Regan, in November, visited Houston, Texas, where thousands of residents … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: After EPA Administrator Tours People of Color Community Poisoned by Creosote Wood Preservative, a Call to Ban It

ACTION ALERT: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail

Tell President Biden to End Fracked Gas Transport by Rail! Thanks to special permits from the Trump administration, liquefied natural gas (LNG) intended for export is now being transported through dense urban areas of Florida via "bomb trains” – trains with up to 100 LNG tanker cars on aging private railways. And the old rules even allow … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail

ACTION ALERT: Tell PHMSA to Ban Transporting LNG By Rail

We have until December 23rd to tell the PHMSA to ban transporting LNG by rail. Tell PHMSA that fracked gas trains are a public safety hazard and threat in the fight against the climate crisis. Help us end a Trump-era rule allowing dangerous fracked liquified natural gas (LNG) to be transported by train through our … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Tell PHMSA to Ban Transporting LNG By Rail

Infrastructure bill includes NTSB’s rail safety priorities

View article in its entirety at the Progressive Railroading. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress late last week will advance more than a dozen National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety priorities, including those that would impact the rail industry. The NTSB's recommended rail-safety priorities in the bill would:• incorporate the board's recommendations from its investigation into the deadly … Continue reading Infrastructure bill includes NTSB’s rail safety priorities

Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Maritime and trucking sectors get plenty of attention, but rail is apparently an afterthought View article in its entirety at the FreightWaves. — Authors: Jason Doering and Matt Parker This commentary was written by professional locomotive engineers Jason Doering and Matt Parker. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the … Continue reading Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

View article in its entirety at SMART-TD. On July 28, 2021, a Neutral appointed by the National Mediation Board issued his ruling finding that on certain railroad properties, the current moratoria in those crew consist agreements do not prohibit the railroads from serving a Section 6 Notice regarding crew size. The properties affected or having no current moratorium include certain properties at BNSF, UP, NS … Continue reading Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

“Just because an industry CAN do something doesn't mean an industry SHOULD be doing it!” emphasized Fritz Edler, a veteran railroader with experience as a rail freight car builder and repairer. Edler has worked in many capacities, from maintaining tracks and bridges to running high speed trains. Based in Washington D.C., Edler has broad rail … Continue reading Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations