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USDOT leadership gathered leaders from unions representing tens of thousands of rail employees to hear safety concerns.


https://railroads.dot.gov/about-fra/communications/newsroom/press-releases/matter-weeks-usdot-sees-significant-moves-toward-0

*includes provisions that Secretary Buttigieg called for in the three-part drive, like increasing fines on industry for safety violations, strengthening rules for trains carrying hazardous materials, increasing funding for hazmat training, accelerating the timeline to phase in more robust tank cars, and ensuring a two-person crew minimum on trains.

*Targeted Track Inspections

*Rail Worker Whistleblower Program: After Secretary Buttigieg pressed them, all seven Class I freight railroads have agreed to participate in the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS).

*Meeting with labor leaders: USDOT leadership gathered leaders from unions representing tens of thousands of rail employees to hear safety concerns.

*Safety Advisory for Tank Car Covers.

*Safety Advisory for Hot Bearing Wayside Detectors.

*Safety Advisory for Emergency Response Plans.