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Trump-era Rollback of Train Crew Rule Overturned by 9th Cir. (1)

Feb. 23, 2021, 10:18 PM; Updated: Feb. 23, 2021, 11:35 PM

A Trump-era decision to withdraw a Federal Railroad Administration proposal that would have mandated two-person train crews violated the Administrative Procedure Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

The Obama administration rule would have required train crews to comprise two people, up from a minimum of one person, but the rail safety regulatory agency rolled it back in May 2019. Unions have said that one-person crews can be a safety risk, while railroad companies said the rule would have quashed automation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the FRA’s decision to roll back the proposal...

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