Saturday, March 23, 2024

OMB Approves FRA Train Crew Staffing Final Rule

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved a final rule from the DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on “Train Crew Staffing”. The rule was submitted to OIRA on January 2nd, 2024. The notice of proposed rulemaking was published on July 28th, 2022.

According to the Fall 2023 Unified Agenda entry for the rulemaking:

“This rulemaking would address the potential safety impact of one-person train operations, including appropriate measures to mitigate an accident's impact and severity, and the patchwork of State laws concerning minimum crew staffing requirements. This rulemaking would address the issue of minimum requirements for the size of train crews, depending on the type of operations. In an effort to encourage public participation, FRA extended the comment period from 60 to 146 days and held a public hearing on December 14, 2022.”

The final rule may be published in the Federal Register this coming week. As with the NPRM, it is not likely that I will be covering this rulemaking in any detail, but I will almost certainly announce it in my ‘Short Takes’ post on the day it is published.

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