Reports to Congress

Safety of Remote Control Locomotive Operations (Interim Report)

  • 01
  • May
  • 2004
SUBJECT: Remote Control Locomotive Operations, Evaluation
ABSTRACT: By letter dated September 2, 2003, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Committee) requested that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) conduct an assessment of the impact of remote control locomotive (RCL) operations on safety, including a comparison of the rate of accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving RCLs with similar operations involving manned locomotives. Additionally, the Committee requested that the audit should assess the effects of RCL operations on the safety of highway rail grade crossings, hazardous materials transportation, the safety of RCLs operated in urban areas, any unique operating characteristics presented by RCLs, and an assessment of the safety benefits of such operations. The committee requested that FRA’s report should include any recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes FRA determines necessary and that FRA report back to the Committee with preliminary findings and initial accidents statistics within six months, and that a detailed final report be submitted within 18 months.
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