Resolution adopted by Baton Rouge City Council, banning remote control trains

A RESOLUTION PROVIDING THAT NO RAILROAD SHALL OPERATE REMOTE CONTROLLED LOCOMOTIVES WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF BATON ROUGE UNTIL CERTAIN SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS ARE MET. (Adopted September 25, 2002)

Whereas: the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge have a duty to provide for the public safety of its Citizens; and

Whereas: railroads operate within the geographic boundaries of Baton Rouge, over public and private highway rail crossings and on property accessible to persons of all ages and abilities; and

Whereas: railroad equipment is known to present significant danger to persons and property from collision, derailment, and possible release of hazardous materials; and

Whereas: a significant bulk of Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad's cargo is petrochemical and hazardous materials traveling through and being switched in Baton Rouge; and

Whereas: the United States Government has issued a safety alert against vandalism and terroristric threats against railroads:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Metropolitan Council of the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, that no railroad shall operate remote controlled locomotives within the boundaries of Baton Rouge until all of the following safety considerations are met

1. Any railroad operating a remote control locomotive must notify the Office of Mayor-President before implementing such operations.

2. Remote control locomotives cannot be used to transport hazardous materials, switch cars containing hazardous materials, or switch other cars on or near tracks occupied by hazardous materials.

3. Remote control locomotives cannot be operated over a public or private highway rail crossing without a person occupying the cab of the locomotive who has the required skills to stop the locomotive and its attached equipment.

4. A railroad must provide effective and reliable protection at the point of movement in any location accessible to the general public for any remote control operation.

Be It Further Resolved, That the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge requests that in the interest of the safety of the Citizens of Baton Rouge that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) develop comprehensive regulations for the use of remote control locomotives.

Be It Further Resolved, that all remote controlled operations in Baton Rouge cease and desist until such time as Baton Rouge Emergency Preparedness can study and have a plan in place for evacuation before such remote control is implemented.

 

 

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