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FRA sets hearing on two-person train crew rule


The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday announced it will hold a hearing Dec. 14 to accept public comments on its proposed rulemaking that would establish minimum safety requirements for the size of train crews.

The hearing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time) in Washington, D.C., and through at least one internet link, the FRA said in a notice published in the Federal Register.

In addition, the FRA said it will extend to Dec. 21 the public comment period on the proposed rule. This is the FRA's second extension of the comment period.

In late July, the FRA proposed the rule to require a minimum of two crew members on trains. The rule includes exceptions for operations that do not pose significant safety risks to railroad workers, the public or environment.

The FRA proposed the rule to improve rail safety nationwide, U.S. Department of Transportation officials have said.

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