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Bakersfield joins remote-control resolution bandwagon


The number of cities that have passed resolutions controlling or banning locomotive remote-control (LRC) use has now reached 10.

Bakersfield, Calif., recently passed a resolution urging the California Public Utilities Commission and Federal Railroad Administration to adopt LRC safety regulations.

"Concern exists that regulations and guidelines for the use of these remote-controlled locomotives should be clearly identified and safety issues addressed before wide-scale implementation of this program," the resolution states, according to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Several months ago, Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe began using remote controls in Bakersfield-area yards, BLE said.

Baton Rouge and Shreveport, La.; Detroit and Marysville, Mich.; Pine Bluff and North Little Rock, Ark.; Beardstown, Ill.; Boston; and Cleveland already have passed resolutions that control or ban LRC use.

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