Two state legislatures advanced a two-person train crew requirement for freight trains in recent days.
The Wyoming and the Colorado Houses of Representatives both passed the legislation. And, New Mexico passed a two-person crew bill out of committee, said John Risch, the National Legislative Director of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART.)
The Maryland House of Delegates will hold its first hearing on a two-person crew bill on Feb. 7.
Risch said the Wyoming House of Representatives passed the bill on Jan. 29 by a vote of 38-21.
On Feb. 5, the Colorado House of Representatives advanced the bill, 39-23. The next stop in those states is their respective Senate.
In Nebraska, the legislature’s transportation committee will hold a hearing on the two-person crew requirement on March 5. The bill has about a dozen co-sponsors.
Bills have been introduced in 18 other states, Risch said, as well as the U.S. Congress.