Rail Safety Legislation Passes Both House & Senate– First Major Rail Safety Legislation Since 1974 | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

My partner, Rick Shapiro, has posted an article relating to the railroad safety legislation passed by Congress in early October 2008, which is expected to be signed by President Bush this year.  Amazingly, there has not been a major rail safety legislation enactment since 1994. Several of the highlights of the railroad safety legislation are covered in Rick’s article including positive train control, mandated by 2015; new requirements and regulations relating avoiding accidents and injuries due to crew fatigue; authorization of monies for Amtrak; minimum training for railroad conductors; regulations prohibiting railroads from interfering with medical treatment of injured railroad employees, provisions mandating railroad supervisors carry workers to the nearest medical facility, and hours of service limitations and the first time legislation has addressed limbo time.  Please click here to read more.