FRA weighs in on minimum train crew sizes

The Federal Railroad Administration is considering a rule that would require most trains to have a minimum number of crew members.


During a Friday public hearing on the proposal, union groups, policymakers and stakeholders weighed in on whether most rail operations should be staffed with at least two qualified workers.

The regulation, proposed in March, would establish crew-size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations. Currently, only a two-member crew is required for trains carrying crude oil.The FRA reopened the public comment period in order to get feedback from Friday’s hearing.


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