June 30, 2016

Members make all the difference!

Dear  Member: Recently, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas – one of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives – cosponsored our two-person crew legislation, H.R. 1763, the Safe Freight Act. This show of support follows cosponsorship from Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Both are […]

SMART TD, BLET: Federal regulators must prohibit one-person freight train crews

SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Dennis Pierce, issued a joint statement, following their submission of their comments to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on train crew size. “Operating freight trains with one-person train crews is unsafe and must be prohibited. That is the message we […]

SMART TD, BLET submit joint comments on FRA proposed two-person crew rule

On Wednesday, June 15, SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) submitted their joint comments on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. While both unions strongly support the proposed rule, they suggested in their comments that the rule be made stronger before being made final. “We firmly […]

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 […]

We need your comments on 2-person crews -Deadline extended to June 15

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, […]