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FRA Issues Crew Size NPRM; AAR Calls it ‘Politics Over Sound Safety Policy’

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

The Federal Railroad Administration on July 27 issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on train crew size that basically mandates a minimum of two people in the locomotive cab, with limited exceptions. The Association of American Railroads, echoing many industry observers, is calling the potential rule a politically motivated move with “a complete absence of safety justification.” The NPRM (downloadable below) also applies to most passenger trains that come under FRA jurisdiction.

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