Corbin, Ky., passes remote control safety resolution
Becomes 62nd U.S. community to ask FRA for enforceable RCO regulations
The city council of Corbin, Ky., passed a remote control safety resolution on March 14 that urges the U.S. Congress to force the Federal Railroad Administration to implement enforceable safety regulations to govern the operation of remote control locomotives.
Corbin is the 62nd community in the United States to pass such a resolution (43 cities and 19 counties).
The resolution, passed unanimously by the Corbin City Council, charges that the FRA, with the support of rail carriers, has circumvented established safety practices by issuing non-binding guidelines for the operation of unmanned remote control locomotives. While these guidelines were originally intended only for use in pilot projects, rail companies have seized the opportunity to use the non-binding guidelines for full-implementation of remote control systems, thereby created an unregulated and dangerous segment of the rail industry.
Kentucky State Legislative Board Chairman Tommy Mayne thanked the members of BLET Division 463 (Corbin) for their contributions in helping to pass the resolution. In addition, Brother Mayne especially thanked Corbin Mayor Nelson Miller and Commissioners Onkst, Gregory, Farris and Shelton for supporting the resolution.
"I thank the Mayor and City Council for their deep concern for keeping Corbin safe for its citizens and for its railroad employees," Brother Mayne said, noting that Mayor Miller was recently elected. "The new regime here is moving forward for Corbin.
Nineteen counties throughout the United States have also passed remote control safety resolutions. They are: Douglas County, Wisc.; West Baton Rouge Parish (County), La.; Point Coupee Parish (County), La.; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Huron County, Ohio; Erie County, Ohio; Whitley County, Ky.; Unicoi County, Tenn.; Contra Costa County, Calif.; Knox County, Tenn.; Clinton County, Iowa; Roanoke County, Va.; Harris County, Texas; Greenup, Ky.; San Francisco, Calif.; Champaign County, Ill.; Beaver County, Utah; Erie County, N.Y.; and El Paso County, Texas.
In addition to Corbin, Ky., 42 other U.S. cities have passed remote safety control resolutions. They are: Baton Rouge, La.; Detroit, Mich.; Shreveport, La.; Marysville, Mich.; Boston, Mass.; Cleveland, Ohio; Pine Bluff, Ark.; North Little Rock, Ark.; Beardstown, Ill.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Woodbridge, N.J.; Maple Heights, Ohio; Alliance, Neb.; Evansville, Ind.; Dupo, Ill.; Durand, Mich; Flat Rock, Mich.; Woodhaven, Mich; Flint, Mich.; Sparks, Nev.; Commerce, Calif.; Clinton, Iowa; Montebello, Calif.; Saginaw, Mich.; Mankato, Minn.; Wamac, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; River Rouge, Mich.; Melvindale, Mich.; Redford Township, Mich.; Irvington, Ill.; Berwyn, Ill.; Allen Park, Mich.; Central City, Ill.; Carteret, N.J.; Toledo, Ohio; San Francisco, Calif.; Houston, Texas; Janesville, Wisc.; South Salt Lake City, Utah; Fort Madison, Iowa.; and Milford, Utah.
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