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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC88 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: +Train Crew Staffing 
Abstract:

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 different train crew staffs, depending on the type of operations.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 218   
Legal Authority: 49 CFR 1.89(a)    49 U.S.C. 20103   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

To 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, FRA is drafting an NPRM that would address the issue of minimum requirements for the size of different train crew staffs, depending on the type of operation.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

49 USC 20103; 49 CFR 1.89(a)

Alternatives:

FRA will analyze regulatory alternatives in the NPRM.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

FRA is currently expecting the economic impact of this rule is expected to be less than $100 million; however, FRA has not yet quantified the costs or benefits associated with this proposed rulemaking.

Risks:

The NPRM is based off a risk assessment that individual railroads will have to perform. The risks should be negatively impacted.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Amanda Maizel
Attorney Adviser
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014
Email: amanda.maizel@dot.gov