NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Safety pros: Do you have to fight the perception among front-line workers that safety is “uncool”?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, oil and gas
  • Office safety tips
  • Safety for health care workers
  • Transportation
  • Worker health and wellness
  • Subscribe today
    Legislation | Transportation

    Senate bill would create ‘Short Line Rail Safety Institute’

    June 18, 2014

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Washington – A bill introduced June 17 by two members of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee would authorize a new safety institute for short-line railroads.

    The legislation, introduced by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would authorize funding to support grants for the Short Line Rail Safety Institute. Among the goals for the institute: assess operations and safety programs, develop best practices, and provide onsite safety training for employees of short-line railroads.

    The senators requested support for the creation of the institute in a letter sent May 15 to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. They stated that short-line railroads receive fewer federal resources – including funding for emergency response training – than larger railroads that make up most of the U.S. freight network.

    Short-line railroad companies operate more than 50,000 miles of track – nearly a third of the national railroad network, according to a press release from Murray’s office.