Adds safety requirements for railroad companies. Prohibits trains to exceed 8,500 ft. Requires crew of at least two on trains used in moving freight.
Adds various requirements for railroad companies, including (i) prohibiting placing stationary cars or trains on its track within 1,500 feet on both sides of any crossing of a railroad with a highway; (ii) prohibiting trains that exceed 8,500 feet in length on any mainline or branch line; (iii) requiring a crew of at least two qualified individuals on all trains, locomotives, or light engines used in connection with moving freight; (iv) requiring warning signs or devices for certain track obstructions that could endanger a railroad company employee; and (v) requiring walkways adjacent to yard tracks where employees regularly perform switching service. The bill requires that fines for a violation of the train-length requirement be deposited in the Shortline Railway Preservation and Development Fund for railway safety projects.
01/04/2023 Referred to House Committee on Commerce and Energy. Assigned to subcommittee #3.
01/26/2023 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table.
02/07/2023 Left in House Committee on Commerce and Energy.