U.S. Senators Push for Two-Person Crews on Freight Trains
Posted On: Jun 27, 2019
Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Safe Freight Act on June 26. The legislation would promote rail safety by mandating at least two-person crews on all freight trains in the U.S. The bill is designed to correct the Federal Railroad Administration’s recent rollback of a proposed rule that would have established these necessary safety standards.
The Safe Freight Act will specifically require that all freight trains have at least one certified conductor and one certified engineer on board, who can then work together to protect the safety of both the train and people living near the tracks.