Sending Office: Honorable Don Young
Cosponsors in the 116th Congress (24):
S. Bishop, Brown, Cicilline, DelBene, Fudge, Garamendi, Grijalva, Harder, P. King, Lamb, Moore, Napolitano, Pallone, Pocan, Raskin, K. Rice, Ryan, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schneider, C. Smith, Soto, Titus, Watson Coleman
Cosponsors in the 115th Congress (120): Bacon, Barragan, Beatty, M. Bishop, S. Bishop, Boyle, Brady, Brown, Bustos, Capuano, Carabajal, Chu, Cicilline, Clark, Connolly, Cook, Correa, Crist, Curbelo, D. Davis,
DeGette, Delaney, DeLauro, DelBene, DeSaulnier, Donovan, Ellison, Evans, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Franks, Fudge, Gallego, Garamendi, Gohmert, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gottheimer, G. Green, Grijalva, Hastings, Higgins, Hunter, Jayapal, H. Johnson, Kaptur, Katko, Kennedy,
Kihuen, Kildee, Kilmer, Kind, P. King, Krishnamoorthi, Lamb, Langevin, Larsen, Lawson, S. Levin, Lewis, Lieu, Lipinski, LoBiondo, Loebsack, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Lujan Grisham, Lujan, Lynch, S. Maloney, McCollum, McEachin, McGovern, Moore, Morelle, Napolitano,
Newhouse, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, O’Halleran, O’Rourke, Pallone, Pascrell, Payne, Perlmutter, Peters, Peterson, Pingree, Pocan, Polis, Price, Raskin, K. Rice, Ros-Lehtinen, Rosen, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, T. Ryan, Schakowsku, Schiff, Schneider, D. Scott, Sherman,
Sinema, Slaughter, C. Smith, Soto, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Titus, Tonko, Tsongas, Velazquez, Visclosky, Walz, Watson Coleman, Yarmuth, Zeldin
The last couple of years, a number of high-profile derailments and accidents on passenger and freight rail lines have cast a spotlight on the safety of our nation’s railroads. Numerous different strategies and technologies have been proposed or deployed
to enhance safety, but one policy that can make an immediate difference is ensuring that trains are operated by at least two individuals.
While virtually all freight trains are currently operated by two or more person crews, that is not always the case. On July 6, 2013, an unattended freight train carrying 72 tank cars of crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47
people, destroying much of the town and causing millions of dollars in environmental damage. The train rolled away from its parked position because the single crew member who had been operating the train could not properly secure it alone.
Freight railroads are present in nearly every Congressional district and pose risks to the millions of our constituents who live in the surrounding communities. However, they also play a critical role in the American economy as numerous industries depend
on rail for the safe shipment of raw goods and hazardous materials. As these hazardous materials traverse our communities, we must make sure they move safely.
That is why I have introduced H.R. 1748, the Safe Freight Act, which would maintain rail safety by requiring that all freight trains are operated by at least two crew members – a certified conductor and a certified engineer. In the aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic
accident, Canadian regulators issued an emergency order mandating two-person crews and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is considering a rule to requiring two-person train crews. On June 9, 2015, the FRA also issued an emergency order requiring certain
passenger trains to have two crew members.
Working as a team, a conductor and engineer have a host of duties to ensure that their train is operated safely. When incidents do occur the second crew member is there to aid and protect the public by cutting road crossings and working with first responders.
I hope you will join me in putting the safety of our communities first by cosponsoring H.R. 1748, the Safe Freight Act. For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Cameron Humphrey (Cameron.Humphrey@mail.house.gov) on my staff.
Member of Congress
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