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File #: 16-0303R    Version: 0 Name: Request for Federal Action - Federal Railroad Administration Crew Size Rule
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/18/2016 In control: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations
On agenda: Final action: 11/14/2016
Enactment #:
Title: Request for Federal Action - Federal Railroad Administration Crew Size Rule FOR the purpose of supporting the Federal Railroad Administration's proposed ruling requiring that trains operated in America be operated by a crew of at least two people.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Eric T. Costello, James B. Kraft, Warren Branch, Mary Pat Clarke, President Young, Sharon Green Middleton, Brandon M. Scott, Nick Mosby, Carl Stokes, Robert Curran, Helen L. Holton, William "Pete" Welch, Rochelle Spector, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Administration, Railroad, Request for Federal Action, Rules
Attachments: 1. 16-0303R~1st Reader, 2. 16-0303R~2nd Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry


A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Request for Federal Action - Federal Railroad Administration Crew Size Rule
FOR the purpose of supporting the Federal Railroad Administration's proposed ruling requiring that trains operated in America be operated by a crew of at least two people.
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WHEREAS, the safe operation of freight and passenger trains are vital to commerce; and Baltimore City Council supports efforts to keep train operations safe in the city of Baltimore.

WHEREAS, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding adequate staffing on trains, a factor we believe is vital to ensuring safe train operations.

WHEREAS, polling across America from North Dakota to Alabama shows overwhelming bipartisan support of twoperson crews, with 83 to 87 percent of those polled in favor of mandating that trains be operated by a crew of at least two qualified individuals.

WHEREAS, national studies show that a minimum of two onboard crew members are vital to operate a train safely and minimize the likelihood of trainrelated accidents.

WHEREAS, virtually all trains in North America are already operated by crews of at least two individuals, making the economic impact of this proposed rule minimal.

WHEREAS, the FRA agrees that, while advancements in automated technology such as Positive Train Control (PTC...

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