Transportation Dept. issues railway safety rule

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The final rule, issued Tuesday by the Transportation Department, said that crews on freight trains will need to be at least two people


Doing so meets a long-time ask for rail worker unions, who argue that having a second person prevents workers from overexerting themselves.

“Common sense tells us that large freight trains, some of which can be over three miles long, should have at least two crew members on board — and now there’s a federal regulation in place to ensure trains are safely staffed,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. 


Rail safety has come under intense scrutiny in Washington since a train carrying chemicals including toxic vinyl chloride derailed in Ohio last year.


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who co-sponsored rail safety legislation with Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) in the wake of the East Palestine crash, praised the rule Tuesday morning — but will also keep pushing for his bill.


“Big rail lobbyists will do everything they can to roll this back. We must pass our bipartisan rail safety bill to make these changes permanent & require the railroads to do more to prevent derailments,” Brown said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.



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