May 2, 2016

Ill. county passes resolution supporting proposed two-person crew rule

The following is an article written by SMART Transportation Division Illinois State Legislative Director Bob Guy and was originally published on the Illinois State Legislative Board website, www.illini.utu.org. Upon the urging of SMART, the Will County Board passed a resolution supporting the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The deadline to submit comments […]

Rail members – your comments on 2-person crews are needed!

On March 15th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a long overdue proposed regulation requiring that most trains in America have a minimum of two crewmembers. While SMART TD supports the core requirements of the rule, we believe that it can be strengthened and improved before this proposed regulation becomes final. We also expect the […]

Momentum building in support of two-person crews

Support among railroaders, unions, states and others has come in the wake of last week’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The proposed rule comes after a completed study by the FRA comparing two accidents: the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, derailment (operated by a one crewmember) and the Casselton, N.D. derailment (operated by three persons). […]

FRA’s proposed rule requiring two-person crews irks rail industry, draws praise from safety advocates

The Federal Railroad Administration rolled out a long-awaited proposed rule this week requiring two-person crews on most trains. The rule comes three years after 47 people were killed in the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, train crash (which had a one-person crew) and almost a year after the deadly Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia, also operated by one […]

Colo. House passes two-person crew bill, Senate next

Today, state legislators in the Colorado House of Representatives passed a Rail Safety Bill that mandates a two-person crew for all trains operating in the state of Colorado. The bill now heads to the floor of the Colorado Senate. Carl Smith, SMART TD Colo. state legislative director, released a statement today, acknowledging the victory, while […]

Two-person crew amendment will not move forward

In a letter to state directors, National Legislative Director John Risch and Alternate National Legislative Director Greg Hynes report the following: “Unfortunately, a two-person crew amendment WILL NOT be offered to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015. “Due to the expected rules governing consideration of the legislation and agreements […]

Contact your legislators about two-person crews

It has recently been announced that an attempt may be made to attach language from H.R. 1763, the Safe Freight Act, which is the federal two-person crew bill onto H.R. 3763. H.R. 3763 is the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which was passed by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday, […]

SLB calls Ohioans to action on two-person crew bill

SMART TD Ohio State Legislative Director Stu Gardner is calling members to action in response to the introduction of Senate Bill 229 (SB 229), the two-person crew bill introduced in the Ohio senate Oct. 14. The bill has been referred by the senate to the Public Utilities Committee. “The call to action is this: I […]

Ohio Senate introduces two-person crew bill

Ohio State Senators Joe Schiavoni (D – Dist. 33) and Kenny Yuko (D – Dist. 25) have introduced Senate Bill 229 – a bill calling for two-person crews on locomotives – in the state. The bill has bi-partisan support and has been co-sponsored by nine state senators: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Sen. Jim Hughes […]

New study calls for multiple person train crews

“Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety to the 21st Century,” is a study conducted by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) on opportunities that are currently available to enhance rail transportation safety in the United States.  The study, which focuses largely on crude oil and hazardous shipments, gives real-world solutions that are intended to prevent […]