Final Rule

Hours of Service of Railroad Employees; Substantive Regulations for Train Employees Providing Commuter and Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation; Conforming Amendments to Recordkeeping Requirements

  • 12
  • Aug
  • 2011
DOCKET NUMBER: 2009-0043
SUBJECT: Hours of Service
KEYWORDS: Recordkeeping, Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, RSIA
ABSTRACT: FRA is amending its hours of service recordkeeping regulations, to add substantive hours of service regulations, including maximum onduty periods, minimum off-duty periods, and other limitations, for train employees (e.g., locomotive engineers and conductors) providing commuter and intercity rail passenger transportation. The new substantive regulations require that railroads employing such train employees analyze and mitigate the risks for fatigue in the schedules worked by these train employees, and that the railroads submit to FRA for its approval the relevant schedules and fatigue mitigation plans. This final rule also makes corresponding changes to FRA�s hours of service recordkeeping regulation, to require railroads to keep hours of service records and report excess service to FRA in a manner consistent with the new substantive requirements. This regulation is authorized by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

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