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Show your support for two-person train crews

CLEVELAND, February 14 — Progressive Railroading is conducting an informal poll this week asking, "Do you think all freight trains should be required to have a minimum crew size of two people?" This poll follows the introduction of the Safe Freight Act (H.R. 3040) in Congress, a piece of legislation backed jointly by the BLET and SMART Transportation Division (former UTU) that would require two person train crews.

H.R. 3040 would mandate that "no freight train or light engine used in connection with the movement of freight may be operated unless it has a crew consisting of at least 2 individuals, one of whom is certified under regulations promulgated by the Federal Railroad Administration as a locomotive engineer pursuant to section 20135, and the other of whom is certified under regulations promulgated by the Federal Railroad Administration as a conductor pursuant to section 20163."

For more information regarding the Safe Freight Act, please visit:

BLET members, retirees, the BLET Auxiliary, and all concerned family members are being urged to contact their member of Congress and to ask for their support of H.R. 3040. To find your member of the U.S. House, go to www.house.gov and enter your Zip Code.

You can also cast your vote in Progressive Railroading’s poll here:


Friday, February 14, 2014

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