AAR and ASLRRA to FRA: Withdraw proposal to mandate two-person crews

June 16, 2016

From Progressive Railroading Magazine

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is urging the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to withdraw its proposed rule that would mandate two-person crews on trains.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

In comments recently filed with the FRA, AAR officials claimed the proposal not only lacks any data-driven justification, but could undermine efforts to improve freight-rail safety.

“There is no greater priority for the freight-rail industry than safety, but this proposed rule offers no safety benefit to railroads, their employees or the public,” said AAR President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Hamberger in a press release. “There is absolutely no data to support the view that a second crew member enhances safety.”

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